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City of Albuquerque Puts Comprehensive Guide to Earth Month Events in One Easy-to-Access Hub

City and Community are coming together to celebrate Earth Day all month long, recognize commitment to sustainability.

April 16, 2019

Mayor Tim Keller has released a resource guide that highlights dozens of opportunities large and small to engage in the celebration of Earth Month and our communitywide commitment to sustainability during Earth Month. The guide puts all the information your family needs to join in the fun at City-managed events and educational opportunities this April right at your fingertips. Community-led events for Earth Month can be found at www.abqtodo.com.

“We have a responsibility to current and future generations to put the City on a path to sustainability. This month of celebration we hope will ignite that passion in all Burqueños, all year long. Albuquerque can prove to be a leader in sustainability by seizing upon our natural advantages like year-round sunshine to help build a better world. It’s important that we pause to celebrate our commitment to sustainability and the environmental legacy we will hand over to future generations,” Mayor Tim Keller said. The 2019 Earth Month Guide can be found at www.cabq.gov/earthday.

Albuquerque boasts more than 29,000 acres of open space in and around the city and more than 280 park sites. The Earth Month events are citywide and there is something for residents of all ages, including community clean-ups, planting events, sustainability education, hands-on crafts, and a family nature walk.

Mayor Keller’s administration has renewed Albuquerque’s commitment to sustainability, setting ambitious goals to meet the City’s annual electricity demand with 100% renewable energy by 2022, increase electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the city, and increase energy efficiency in city buildings. All these actions will result in major reductions in Albuquerque’s carbon dioxide emissions.

We have also:

  • Signed the Paris Agreement on climate change as soon as Mayor Keller took office,
  • Announced the first phase of a $25 million investment to make Albuquerque a leading solar city, which involves installing solar panels at 12 different City-owned buildings,
  • Issued an executive order requiring new city facilities to use higher energy building standards,
  • Announced a new partnership with PNM to build a 50 megawatt solar facility, increasing the City’s solar energy portfolio to 58%,
  • Launched the Green Team Initiative where the Solid Waste Management Department, the Environmental Health Department, and the Mayor’s Sustainability Committee provide oversight, training, and capacity-building throughout City departments, and
  • Won the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge Award. The Mayor plans to use this support to accelerate sustainability and renewable energy projects including: developing a solar energy field, transitioning the light-duty municipal fleet to electric vehicles, deep energy efficiency retrofits and retro-commissioning municipal facilities, and advancing energy efficiency throughout the private sector.
  • Secured $600,000 in Volkswagen Settlement funding to purchase electrified ground transport vehicles and charging stations at the Sunport in partnership with Southwest Airlines.