Clean Economy Conference
Posted on January 2, 2014

At Carbon Economy Series, we are welcoming the New Year in a way like never before. Our Clean Economy Conference will prove that there is nothing quite like kicking off 2014 with a bang!

Taking place in Albuquerque, New Mexico from January 30th to February 2nd, the Clean Economy Conference is going to be one for the books. This four day event brings experts of the greening industry together under one roof, to spread their wealth of innovative knowledge to all participants and guests of the event.

It all begins on the evening of January 30th with a Farm to Table/Celebrity Chef Gourmet Steward’s Dinner fundraiser. This fresh style of cuisine will take place from 7-9pm. Farm to table is society’s newest and cleanest way of eating.

The following day will be a pre-conference, full-day workshop all about Local Food Production. Joel Salatin, a third-generation alternative farmer, will lead this portion of the event. Joel will also be the keynote speaker on February 1st and 2nd during the two-day main portion of the Clean Economy Conference. Many other speakers will also grace the stage and lead various sessions, offering a range of knowledge and information on wise water use, regenerative agriculture, ZERO waste, organic food, soil food web, community gardens, urban farming and so much more.

We are so happy to welcome the following speakers to the Clean Economy Conference, and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts for sharing their knowledgeable ways with us.

Margo Covington

Margo Covington-speaker at Clean Economy Conference 2014

When it comes to building sustainable practices that will result in a more resilient future, Margo Covington has strategic and action plans that could get us there. Margo has been designing and implementing sustainable entrepreneurship systems for 29 years. From green tools and awards to zero waste, her impressive list of clients include the Santa Fe Community College, City of Albuquerque, City of Los Angeles and more. Margo holds a ZERI Certification from world-renowned speaker and author, Gunther Pauli. Margo is the Executive Director of Sustainable Communities ZERI NM Inc (a NM 501(c)3), which identifies and links resources needed to foster bioregional collaboration and economic development by finding value in local and regional waste streams.


Heather Harrell

Heather Harrell

Heather Harrell, co-author of "Top-Bar Beekeeping", is helping bees bounce back from Colony Collapse Disorder by focusing her work to the study of multi-use permaculture plantings, which support a diverse network of interrelationships in the natural world. Along with a wide variety of vegetables, she grows medicinal herbs, which offer nectar and pollen to pollinator species.  She is experimenting on how soil biology is affected by using biodynamic methods of planting, and is currently studying compost teas incorporating various types of manures and plant materials.  Heather is owner of For the Love of Bees Farm and sells her vegetables, honey and beeswax products at the Santa Fe Farmers' Market.





Joel Salatin


Joel Salatin, a third generation alternative farmer who has been featured in “Food, Inc.” and “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” is a masterful speaker whose humor and positive energy guarantee a rewarding experience. Can we feed New Mexico and the world with local food? This is hands down the most frequently asked question to Joel or anyone else who promotes local, solar-driven, carbon-fertilized systems. Even most foodies and environmentalists have a deep-seated assumption that were it not for the petroleum-based fertilizer boom – the green revolution – we could not feed ourselves. Those massive Kansas wheat fields and California almond groves, for most people, represent efficiency and abundance. Nothing could be further from the truth. Backyard gardens and multi-speciation are far more productive per acre. In these workshops, Joel will give you the information and tools to feed your family and articulate a credible “feed the world” argument.

Katherine and Markus Ottmers

Speakers clean economy conference ABQ

If you own a farm or ranch, work on one or are thinking of becoming an agricultural producer Katherine and Markus Ottmers will teach the nitty gritty when it comes to building a regenerative agricultural profit center on marginal land. They use a multidisciplinary approach to attaining resiliency in sustainable farming, one that integrates land and water wisely, builds soil, increases biodiversity, mimics natural patterns and puts money in your pocket. The model is an interconnected systems approach with bioremediation, mycology, geomorphology, scaled precision earthworks, impoundments, pulse irrigation, slash on contour, natural spring development, and other techniques utilized in creating multigenerational legacy. Become a part of this new paradigm, and growing movement in land management.




Miguel Santistevan

Miguel Santistevan

With a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Science degree in Ecology from the University of California, Davis, Miguel Santistevan is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Biology at the University of New Mexico.  His research interests are in the traditional acequia-irrigated and dryland agricultural systems of the Upper Rio Grande and Sangre de Cristo mountains. Miguel is certified in Permaculture and ZERI Design and has directed youth-in-agriculture programs such as ePlaza of Hands Across Cultures and the Regional Development Corporation and the Sembrando Semillas youth-in-agriculture project of the New Mexico Acequia Association (NMAA).  He has produced video and public radio programming (¡Que Vivan las Acequias!) with the NMAA and Cultural Energy.  He maintains a conservation farm with his wife and daughter in Taos called Sol Feliz where many visitors have participated in educational presentations, tours, and hands-on workshops (  Miguel serves as Executive Director for a youth-in-agriculture and seed library program through the Agriculture Implementation, Research, and Education non-profit organization he co-founded ( while he serves as a Math, Science, and Sustainability Teacher for Chrysalis Alternative High School.  Miguel has recently been elected Chairman of the Acequia Sur de Río de Don Fernando de Taos for the 2014 & 2015 growing seasons of which he is a parciante (irrigator) and past Mayordomo (ditch boss).  He also serves as a Board Member for the Taos Valley Acequia Association.



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New Year, Fresh Start
Posted on December 12, 2013

It has been a beautiful year of growth for the Carbon Economy Series. To spread knowledge of a cleaner world to people everywhere has been our goal since the very beginning, and this year, we were able to achieve this in a great way. It is time to look to the future though, and with the New Year comes a chance for the world to take a fresh grasp on the practice of sustainable living.

The Clean Economy Series has been busy filling up the 2014 calendar with wonderful events hosted by the most knowledgeable people in the greening industry. Nate Downey will return at the end of February with a two-day workshop titled “Water is the New Solar.” In April, we will welcome Toby Hemenway to Dallas to lead a talk on “Urban Sustainable Principles and Practices.” This, friends, is only the beginning of our plans for the upcoming year.

Over the past months, we have been putting our hearts and souls into the building of an event to take place at the end of January: the Clean Economy Conference. This conference will teach building resilience through sustainable practices. This is a four-day event, kicking off the evening of January 30th with a farm to table/celebrity chef Gourmet Steward’s Dinner fundraiser. The following three days will see Joel Salatin, a third generation alternative farmer, leading workshops and talks on Local Food Production, teaching that feeding the world via backyard gardens is nothing short of possible.


Simply put, 2013 has been an invaluable year, an innovative one in which the Carbon Economy Series brought people together to take part in greening the world. But the New Year will bring new possibilities and the chance to spread more knowledge to more households around the world. We are very much looking forward to 2014, and we hope you’ll join us in making this year the best one yet, for the sake of our earth and every being it holds. 



The Building of the Carbon Economy Series
Posted on November 7, 2013

This time of year tends to bring to mind many memories and leaves me reminiscing through the past. The founding of the Carbon Economy Series is rooted in a lifetime of wonder and knowledge.

I am still the little girl who turned over the rocks to see what was under them. Always wanting to know how things worked, I removed every screw, nut and bolt from my first bike at about three and a half years old. Being the daughter of two brilliant engineers trained to solve problems, I had fantastic role models from whom I’ve received encouragement my entire life. Like my parents, I am constantly looking for ways to improve existing systems.


The Carbon Economy Series was born in the search for what is good, what works and what can be improved in the areas of health, environment and high performance. It has been a life-long commitment to excellence and determining what works for the good of all.

In 2005, I heard a very compelling reason for me to spread this knowledge – if we increased the soil by 3 inches on all arable land, we would sequester enough carbon from the atmosphere to stabilize climate change. When we grow biomass, we grow food, conserve water, store water in soil, increase public health, and reduce our dependence on oil, pesticides and fertilizers. At the same time, we increase biodiversity and sequester carbon to boot. It is a win, win situation.

I am forever grateful for every step in the building of the Carbon Economy Series. As a small non-profit, we seek the most powerful, innovative speakers in the areas of sustainable living and ecological education to bring to college campuses in New Mexico and Texas. To be in the greening industry during this vital time in history is an irreplaceable feeling that fuels me to discover more knowledge and educate the people around me. The delicate balance of our atmosphere is at stake, and I am grateful to be a part of the solution.


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Greening the Workforce
Posted on October 24, 2013

“Going green” is a way of life that has become increasingly more popular over the recent years. Within the household, people are recycling, composting, conserving water and electricity, turning the heat down and piling the blankets on. Our Earth and our ancestors will one day be reaping the benefits from our efforts.

This lifestyle is one that can exist outside the home, as well. Whether a Fortune-500 company or a “mom and pop” store with few employees, environmental sustainability will transform your team’s workplace experience, creating happier and more productive employees. Overall costs will also decrease, making an all-around better experience for your company, its people, its community, and eventually the world.

Bea Boccalandro is an expert in this field, serving as the President of VeraWorks, a global consulting firm that assists companies in designing, executing, and measuring their community involvement, including environmental sustainability. We are extremely excited to have Boccalandro leading a highly interactive half-day workshop on Friday, November 8th from 9:00am to 12:30pm. Attendees will learn how to involve their employees in recycling, on-site gardening, energy conservations and other environmental efforts.

Bea - Greening the Workforce

We invite you to join us at this cutting-edge workshop, to begin adding some innovation to your workplace! Transform your employees, your company and possibly the entire world. We are very much looking forward to meeting many new faces.

Events as vital to our future as an environmentally sustainable society would not be possible without our wonderful sponsors: Dallas County Community Colleges, Save Water, Urban Acres, and Natural Awakenings.

Mark your calendars!

Water Harvesting: Sustaining Our World
Posted on October 22, 2013

As one of the most vital natural resources for all life on Earth, our supply of water is being threatened. For decades now, human beings have been leaving faucets running and taking extraordinarily long showers without a second thought. With the population boom our world is seeing, the manner in which human civilization retrieves water in today’s world is being reevaluated.

Techniques that require a creative use of our earth and its products are presently being embraced. It is a time in which going back to the basics is necessary. Water harvesting is predicted by Nate Downey, author of “Harvest the Rain,” to rapidly become one of the most powerful economic engines propelling society towards sustainability. As the world population continues to increase, our water resources remain stagnant, but Downey teaches people a manner of life in which lack of water will never again be a worry.

Harvesting rainwater is a practice that can provide ample water for every person, if we only learn to collect, store, distribute and reuse this water.

Join us to learn how the power of precipitation can benefit you, your wallet, and your home.

Nate Downey will deliver a two-hour presentation, Introduction to the New Water Economy, on October 25, 2013 from 7pm to 9pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.

The Bold New American Landscape: Passive Water Harvesting workshop will be held on October 26, 2013 from 9am to 5pm. This all-day informational event is $175, and tickets can be purchased here.

Both of these wonderful Dallas, Texas events will be held at Brookhaven College, Room W-102.

We hope to see you all there as we learn together the ways of our new world. As always, we extend a huge thanks to our wonderful sponsors, Dallas County Community Colleges, Save Water, Urban Acres, and Natural Awakenings.


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