Clean Economy Summit

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 visit: or call (505) 819-3828.

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Day 1

DR. Bruce T. Milne  – Discoveries of the Foodshed Nomad: Sustainability and Ecological Identity


Foodshed Nomad is an ongoing project where I explore ways to construct a meaningful identity rooted in local food, traditional architecture, pastoral ways, culture, crafts, and community relationships.  I visit sites in New Mexico where I live semi-nomadically in a highly portable, homemade 14-foot yurt I built from scratch following excellent instructions in Paul King’s The Complete Yurt Handbook. Visitors experience low-impact living, learn about developments in New Mexico’s foodshed, and celebrate the art and ecology of life.  The project prompts us to question assumptions about our needs, to evaluate more sustainable options we could adopt, and play with a quasi-rational approach to find rewarding ways of providing greater well-being for all.

Bruce T. Milne holds the W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Environmental and Food Systems and is Professor of Biology at the University of New Mexico.  He specializes in landscape ecology, fractal geometry, and scaling in complex systems. 

He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York at Albany, Ph.D. from Rutgers, and was a lecturer in ecology at Harvard Graduate School of Design.  The International Association for Landscape Ecology recognized him for the best paper published in the field in 1992 and again in 2006 as Distinguished Landscape Ecologist. 

Research in his lab has included crop diversity as the basis of optimal food hub design, part-to-whole analysis of energy flow and waste in the US food system, landscape ecologies of the Mexican Spotted Owl and endangered Florida Panther, the climate niche of the Lesser Prairie Chicken, scaling of group size in human hunter-gatherers, tree diversity and diffusion along river networks, ecotones of pinon-juniper woodlands, and scaling in bird population dynamics.

Dr. Milne founded the Sustainability Studies Program at the University of New Mexico which offers an undergraduate minor degree to students from across the entire campus.  Recent start-up activities include the multi-disciplinary Food Systems Collaborative and the new Flagship Farm to support students on their way to careers in sustainable food systems.





Katherine Napper Ottermers – Greening the Desert
"Rio de la Vida"- exploring an ancient migratory route originating in the four corners area and aligning with the Upper Rio Grande Watershed.  
Satellite analysis, large landscape implications of current land use.
Identification of Endoheic Lake basin systems.
Introduction of the concept of the "National Herd"
Review of tools for "Leading from the Emerging Future”
Report from current work in this arena.  Not available on the internet.  Never before presented in public.







































































































Resurfacing landscape designer who graduated from waterwise native landscapes and hobby farms to permaculture food forests, planned grazing and local food production.

Establishing a homestead at Rancho de Mañana in the Big Bend Country of Texas, among other enterprises. A beginning Texas Farm and Ranch Woman on the Certified Educator tract for Holistic Management International. Infatuated with soil and productive chaotic living systems. Inspired by patterns and processes we observe and are a part of. Fueled by relationships. Celebrating and saving pollinators!




In service to the matrons, patronas, and grandmothers who are stewarding their land holdings with love and heart for the legacy we are leaving our little ones. Also known as, regenerative agricultural production. Let's get the fruit on the trees, ladies!

Favorite Ecological Term? Trophic Cascade 
An ecological term beautifully illustrated in "How Wolves Change Rivers" at Yellowstone National Park. How everything gets better when we introduce the keystone species… imagine adding in Beavers, Wolves, and behaving as a positive keystone species as humans.

One hour storytelling assisted with images on a screen.

Dr David Groenfeldt, Water – Culture Institute
Managing Water as if the Future Mattered

Applying ethics to water decisions

David Groenfeldt

Water-Culture Institute

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Climate deniers are rightly ridiculed for burying their collective heads in the sand, but "water deniers" are no less insidious. Water ecosystems — lakes, rivers, wetlands and aquifers — are dying as government agencies finance yet more diversions and happily grant more waivers to polluting industries, all in the name of economic growth. What are they thinking? This session will explore that question and propose the antidote of "water ethics" as a path to sustainability. First we will learn about the ongoing initiative to develop a "Water Ethics Charter" detailing a set of universal principles that should be upheld in water policies and practices. [For background, visit].

With these basic principles in mind, we will examine the ethics underlying several local water controversies: the Army Corps' plans for bigger levees along the Middle Rio Grande, the state's plans for diverting the Gila River, and Santa Fe's evolving water policies. Our aim will be not to blame, but rather to learn how to use ethical principles as leverage for the resilient and sustainable water resources which we, and all our relations, need and deserve.




An anthropologist, David received his PhD in 1984 from the University of Arizona, based on field research on irrigation development in India. Most of his career has focused on international water issues, including five years with the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka and 13 years in Washington, DC working with consulting firms, and the World Bank, on water and natural resources policies in developing countries. Since 2002, David has focused on environmental and cultural aspects of water policies. He helped establish the Indigenous Water Initiative to coordinate inputs from Indigenous Peoples in the World Water Fora in Kyoto (2003) and Mexico City (2006).  He was director of the Santa Fe Watershed Association, in Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA) from 2006 to 2009.  He established the Water-Culture Institute in 2009 to promote the integration of Indigenous and traditional cultural values into water policies and practices.  David is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.  Email: dgroenfeldt [at]

Mariel Nanasi – Executive Director & President of New Energy Economy


Mariel Nanasi is the Executive Director and President of New Energy Economy. A civil rights and criminal defense attorney, she is licensed to practice in both the state and federal courts. Legal cases she has won and settled have been featured in the major media, including the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Albuquerque Journal, Santa Fe New Mexican, and on many television stations, including a documentary, “End of the Nightstick,” on PBS. When Mariel realized the urgency of climate change, she came to work for New Energy Economy as the senior policy advisor. Two years later, she was asked to serve as executive director. A zealous organizer, Mariel’s can-do spirit is infectious. As comfortable with complex policy and legal challenges as on-the-ground organizing, she easily connects with the public, including young Hispanic artists, firefighters on the front lines, acequia caretakers, grassroots Native leaders, funders, and legislators. Mariel lectures on climate change and environmental justice at conferences and college classrooms and her essay, A Future Without Coal: In New Mexico Supreme Court, Again, can be read at She is also a rhythmic skier and enjoys having friends over for delicious meals and lively discussions.

DR. Bruce T. Milne Experiential Workshop on the Art of Manifestation


New Mexico ranks 49 or 50 in the union on all measures of education, well-being, etc., yet for decades nothing has worked to change our status.  Why? Because real change has to come from inside each person. The Method is a combination of techniques from classic books by Napoleon Hill and Robin Sharma geared to build mindfulness, erase negativity, conquer fear, build knowledge, enlist expertise
from others, take concerted action, and thereby achieve your burning desire and life purpose.  In the workshop you will learn powerful techniques that take root in just 21 days of practice.  By agreeing to pass the knowledge on to two others in 30 days we can reach 2,097,000 people in one year, eight months.  Improving our own lives by working with others will create networks of creativity, compassion, trust, and justice.


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  1. Good afternoon,

    I’m a student at UNM and I’m doing a bit of research on events held in New Mexico and how popular some events are over others for a research paper. I was wondering if you had an estimated number of attendees that will be at your conference in Albuquerque. If so, please e-mail me back, I’d love to analyze this event for my paper.

    Thank you,
    Arianna Pulliam

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