Citywide Initiatives

Did you know that all of our City Departments are becoming more sustainable? Check out some of the sustainability initiatives going on throughout city government.

Green Team

The City is proud to have a core team of sustainability champions across all departments – the Green Team. The Green Team members commit to planning and carrying out sustainability initiatives in their departments, serving as sustainability ambassadors and hosting monthly lunch and learns. Watch these Lunch and Learns offering presentations on city green efforts. The Team’s efforts contribute to creating a culture of sustainability and serve as a model for changing employee behavior and practices to become more environmentally friendly.

Department Sustainability Stats

Albuquerque’s City Departments have already achieved some big wins for sustainability. A few of their accomplishments are listed below.


  • Awarded $600,000 from the Volkswagen Settlement Trust in partnership with Southwest Airlines resulting purchase three electric ground transport vehicles and charging stations.
  • Initiated composting at all Sunport concessionaires in January 2019.
  • Recycled 132 tons of materials in 2018 – a 242% increase from 2008.
  • Sources approximately 586kw of its power from solar energy.
  • Read more about the Sunport’s sustainability work.

Solid Waste

  • Supporting the implementation of the Clean and Green Ordinance.
  • To date, the Department reused 2,460 tons of green waste as soil erosion protection at the Cerro Colorado Landfill. Reusing the mulch has a potential cost savings of 528k annually.
  • Coordinated a process to allow methane generated from the Cerro Colorado landfill to be used to a fuel domestic water boiler at Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center.
  • Leading the Recycle Right campaign to educate the public on reducing recycling contamination. Download the Recycle Coach app to learn more.

Department of Municipal Development

Parks and Recreation Department

  • Ensured that 229 million gallons of water were saved in City parks from September 2018 to August 2019.
  • Planted 1,120 trees and shrubs in Open Space since 2018.
  • Implementing a new forestry initiative to support a thriving urban forest with the goal of planting 100,000 trees around Albuquerque in the next ten years.
  • 5,461 Open Space volunteers worked 15,434 hours on Open Space conservation efforts, including trail building and maintenance, picking up litter, and planting trees and native shrubs.

Environmental Health Department

  • Launched the Abuela Ozone Campaign with tips on how to reduce air pollutants and keep our skies clear. Learn more.
  • Managing a greenhouse gas inventory that will monitor our greenhouse gas levels over time.



  • Received $2.7 million from the FTA’s Low and No Emissions grant program to purchase 40 ft electric buses.
  • Has 450 solar-powered bus shelters across the city producing 5-8 hours of light from LED bulbs.