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About Sustainability

The Sustainability Office advances Albuquerque as a leader in equitable, long term environmental solutions.

Sustainability Officer Kelsey Rader, Sustainability Specialist Denise Gonzalez, Sustainable Transportation Specialist Albert Lee, and Sustainable Waste Specialist Sandra WestWe support City government and the community in reducing greenhouse gas emissions while growing our economy and protecting resident health. Our projects focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency, low-carbon transportation, climate adaptation, and reducing waste. The Office is housed in the City’s Environmental Health Department.

Thanks to support from our City leaders and residents, Albuquerque has already made some huge strides and achieved some major environmental goals.

SolSmart Gold Designation

SolSmart Gold Designation

The City of Albuquerque was awarded SolSmart’s Gold Designation for their strides in solar energy use. SolSmart is a national designation program that recognizes cities, counties, and regional organizations that foster the development of mature solar markets.

SolSmart reviewed Albuquerque’s performance in speedy solar permitting reviews, amount of solar installed at city facilities, solar inspection and training processes, and accessible solar resources to residents in its qualification criteria.

LEED 2020 Silver

LEED for Cities

In May 2019, the City of Albuquerque was awarded a grant from the U.S. Green Building Council valued at $25,000 to support community-wide Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The LEED certification program is the leading international achievement for sustainable facility design and demonstrates Albuquerque’s commitment to environmentally responsible building practices.

The LEED certification process helps local governments develop a framework and develop plans for a wide variety of citywide factors, including green infrastructure, public health, energy, water, waste, social equity, transportation and others. Efforts towards certification are currently underway, and once completed, Albuquerque will join over 90 LEED certified cities throughout the world. Read more about LEED for Cities Certification.

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EPA Green Power Partner

We’ve gone green! We’ve joined the EPA Green Power Partnership and have committed to using green power. Find out more about the benefits of using green power and becoming a Green Power Partner at www.epa.gov/greenpower. See our certificate here. #EPAGreenPower

Contact Us

Our core team is led by Sustainability Officer Kelsey Rader. To stay informed about the City’s sustainability projects and opportunities to provide input, please sign up to receive updates.  If you have a general question regarding sustainability efforts, please email us at [email protected].

You may also contact us individually at:

Kelsey Rader
[email protected]
(505) 768-2739

For media inquiries contact:

Maia Rodriguez
[email protected]
(505) 235-8073