Clean Economy Summit – Day 2

January 31 and February 1, 2015. 9 am- 5 pm.

It will be held in Albuquerque and hosted by Sandia Preparatory School (532 Osuna Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113 (505) 338-3000)

This is the second annual conference that is addressing the issues of climate change, sustainable living and teaching how to shrink our carbon footprint.  It is a response to the comment we get the most often regarding our Carbon Economy Series programming which is:  “I missed it!”  In this one place, on one weekend you can get a condensed version of our series all at once.  Our conference is geared towards individuals, property owners, businesses, non-profit groups, government and educational facilities that want to become more sustainable.  Our focus this year is to build resilience in our communities by reaching out to young people and families to secure the food system in New Mexico.  The content of the summit can empower communities and individuals to be true to the triple bottom line: that which is good for people, good for profit and good for the planet.  Local experts will teach regenerative agriculture, the benefits of cooperatives, bee keeping, food as medicine, sustainability in schools, using food as medicine, greening of the desert, Permaculture Design, ZERO Waste, soil food web, water stewardship and much more.

For more information or call (505) 819-3828.

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Day 2

Joe D. Lucero

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Joe D Lucero, Traditional Elder of Isleta Pueblo, has been serving his community as pueblo leader most of his adult life.

Mr. Lucero born and raised at Isleta Pueblo attended Isleta Day School as a child, was transferred to St. Katherine’s Indian School then to Sherman Indian School.  

His life is full of interesting stories as he traveled with his brother’s in his early life touring with a Native American Singing and Dance troupe to various New England states.  He worked with Tiwa Traders in Albuquerque as a silversmith before he met his late wife of 65 years.  

Mr. Lucero retired from UNM as journeyman electrician where he worked for nearly 20 years.   Previously, assisted building Mossman and Bellamah Homes.

Self made contractor, Mr. Lucero built onto a two-room village house while building another ranch house west of the village as he raised his family, in 1979 built his third home at the village proper where he now resides.   

Mr. Lucero farmed as a young boy into adulthood, at age 97 still has a small garden and reaps the benefits of his apple and apricot trees by sun drying them after harvesting.   Mr. Lucero works on leather pouches and beadwork aside his contribution as a traditional spokesman for the Isleta people.

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Chuck Buxbaum
Teaching Sustainability in Schools — the Challenge of Cultural Change or How to make Environmental Sustainability

Chuck Buxbaum teaches biology, environmental science and evolutionary biology at Sandia Preparatory School in Albuquerque, where he also serves as Sustainability Coordinator for the school. He has also taught environmental science and biology for elementary education majors at UNM, where he received his PhD in desert ecology in 2004. His research involved studying the interactions between soils, geomorphology and climate in the northward spread of the Chihuahuan desert. Chuck received a master's degree in Forest Resource Management from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, where he studied changes in nutrient cycling in Adirondack forest ecosystems. Prior to studies in upstate New York, Chuck worked as a waste management planning consultant to the New York City Department of Sanitation in the early 1990s. He received his B.S. in Molecular Biology from Cornell University in 1987. Chuck grew up in and environmentally conscious household. In 1972, Chuck's mom started a neighborhood recycling center in their Brooklyn garage — Chuck would pull his little red wagon up and down the street collecting bags of cans and bundles of newspapers from all his neighbors. 42 years later, Chuck is doing the same with his students and colleagues.

Jessica Rowland – Building a new Economy: The Importance of COOPs

Jessica Rowland is a Lecturer and the Local Food Systems Outreach Coordinator in the University of New Mexico Sustainability Studies Program. She teaches interdisciplinary courses on sustainability, local food systems, and climate change, and is a recipient of the UNM Lecturer of the Year award. Jessica facilitates the UNM Lobo Growers’ Market, and collaborates with various campus and community partners to grow the local and regional food system. She is currently spearheading the development of the UNM Food Systems Collaborative, a diverse campus-wide group of faculty and staff who are engaged in food systems research, teaching and community outreach. Jessica holds an MS in geochemistry and climate change science from the University of Arizona, and is a Board member of La Montañita Food Co-op. She was raised on a small farm in the Pacific Northwest, but is thankful to call the high desert her home.

Dr. Mark Nelson – Ecotechnics: Learning to Integrate with the Biosphere


Mark Nelson, Ph.D., is an eco-system engineer and researcher, and one of the original “Biospherians.” He is Chairman and CEO, and a founding director, of the Institute of Ecotechnics, a U.K. non- profit organization consulting on several demonstration projects working in challenging biomes around the world. He is also Vice Chairman of Global Ecotechnics Corp. and consults on wastewater reuse and recycling using Wastewater Gardens®, subsurface-flow constructed wetlands.

Dr. Nelson was a member of the eight-person crew inside Biosphere 2, the 3.15 acre materially-closed facility near Tucson, Arizona, during the first two-year closure experiment (1991-1993). He has worked for several decades in closed ecological system research, ecological engineering, the restoration ofdamaged ecosystems, desert agriculture and orchards and wastewater recycling. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering Sciences from the University ofFlorida; an M.S. from the School of Renewable Natural Resources, University of Arizona; and a B.A. in Philosophy/Pre-MedSciences from Dartmouth College.

His Wastewater Gardens projects have taken him to the coast of Yucatan, Mexico; the high desertgrassland south of Santa Fe, New Mexico; the semi-arid tropical savannah of West Australia; theresorts of Bali; and most recently, the deserts of Iraq. He is the author of The Wastewater Gardenerand co-author of Life Under Glass and Space Biospheres and lives at Synergia Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Ecotechnics: Learning to Integrate with the Biosphere

(Lessons from Biosphere 2, land restoration and wastewater recycling)

Mark Nelson, Chairman, Institute of Ecotechnics;

Crew member Biosphere 2 1991-1993; farmer, Synergia Ranch Organic Fruits and Vegetables

author: “The Wastewater Gardener: Preserving the Planet One Flush at a Time” (Synergetic Press) and “Life Under Glass: the Inside Story of Biosphere 2” (the Biosphere Press)



Bio – Valeria Alarcón

In 2012, Valeria Alarcón (aka Val) began her career as a holistic health coach while healing from thyroid-papillary cancer. She was diagnosed at the young age of 35 and although this was a shocking realization, one that underscored the fragility of life, she embraced this as a unique opportunity to embark on a healing journey. She made an intentional decision to not fall victim to a dis-ease but rather to feel empowered by her will and commitment to reclaim her life. This poignant decision was deeply seeded in her commitment to discover how she arrived to this place of cancer physically, mentally, emotionally and even spiritually and to heal from the inside out. Self-care became her #1 commitment and real food became her medicine, this experience enhanced her knowledge in preventative and alternative medicines, bio-individual nutrition, and inspired her to become a health and food justice advocate.  
Workshop description:
Vitality Foods: What's on your fork?
How whole foods and traditional eating saved my life.
Health Coach and Advocate, Valeria Alarcón will share how real food, as Mother Earth intended, literally saved her life. By learning the medicinal properties of food and incorporating traditional eating helped Val with addressing an array of health challenges from balancing hormones, to reversing diabetes, healing digestive issues and even healing from cancer. Val will shares how choosing locally sourced foods that are cultivated and harvested in traditional ways, not only has a beneficial effect on our health but also on the health of our families, communities, environment and even the health of our local economy. Val's mission is to inspire, educate and empower her community how to reclaim life and vitality. For more information 

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