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Sustainability Resources

Documents and resources for current and past Sustainability Office projects and initiatives.

On this page, you will find:

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Bus Icon Transportation Resources

Explore clean transportation resources, including the following, by visiting the Transportation page.

lightbulb icon Buildings Resources

Explore residential and municipal building efficiency resources, including the following, by visiting the Buildings page.

Recycle Icon Waste Reduction Resources

Meals and Food

How much food is wasted? Americans throw away more than 40% of the food supply leading to 119 billion pounds of wasted food annually in the United States.

Why is reducing food waste important? It...

  • Reduces your carbon footprint.
  • Saves money. The average family of four loses about $1,500 a year on food that ends up uneaten.
  • Saves food.
  • Saves water and land.

Solutions for Reducing Food Waste:

USDA's steps to prevent food waste, four easy steps

  • Track how much food your household wastes in a day or a week. You can measure your progress with an online or printable measurement guide. Then, celebrate your successes!
  • Shop smart: Use the “Guest-Imator” Tool for estimating the quantity of food you’ll need, and stick to you shopping list.
  • Understand date labels: “Best if used by/before,” “Sell by,” and “Freeze by” labels are not expiration dates but rather suggestions for when a product will be best for flavor and quality.

Downloadable handout with six two-minute solutions for reducing food waste at home.

Other Resources


Video: Food waste story following produce:"The Extraordinary Life of a Strawberry"


Find a Community Compost or Garden: The asset map below shows publicly accessible community compost and garden sites in the Albuquerque metro area. Please click on the pins below to learn more about each site, what they do and how you can get involved.

View the map on a phone, tablet, or in a separate window.

This map is made possible thanks to information provide by each site. Please reach out to the site contact for further information. If something needs to be updated on this map, please email Sandra West ([email protected]).

Do you volunteer with or work for a community compost or garden site that is not on this map? Please help us improve this asset map by completing the site addition request form.

Other Waste Reduction/Recycling Resources

  • Do you know what goes in the compost versus recycle versus trash? Test your knowledge by playing the Know What to Throw game!
  • Check your recycling day and find out what goes in the blue bin on Recycle Coach

happy people icon Climate Action Plan History

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Following the call of City Resolution R-19-187, the 19-member Climate Action Task Force and City staff worked over 10 months to develop the 2021 Albuquerque Climate Action Plan (CAP). The process to develop this new plan sought to address the concerns of frontline community members, while engaging the entire community of Albuquerque through Covid-safe public outreach. Below you can find relevant links to the CAP, and the resources capturing the major milestones of the planning process.

Implementation Period

Currently, the Sustainability Office is monitoring and supporting implementation of the 2021 CAP.

Development Period

CAP Task Force

The Albuquerque Climate Task Force served as the key authors for the 2021 CAP. Members of the public were welcome to observe the meetings.

Foundational Materials

Meeting Documents

Tuesday, December 8, 2020, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. — Climate Conscious Neighborhoods Part 1

Tuesday, January 5, 2021, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. — Climate Conscious Neighborhoods Part 2

Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. — Testing Consensus


Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. — Public Comment

Thursday, February 18, 2021, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. — Public Comment

Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. — Reviewing Public Comment


Task Force Member


Helga Garza

South Valley

Tony Sparks


Josue De Luna Navarro

International Zone

Sharon Hausam

Near North Valley

Theresa Cardenas

North East Heights

Molly Blumhoefer

Nob Hill

Cassandra Miller

Silver Hills

Chas Robles

South Valley

Amy Carpenter

South East Heights

Emily Phan

Albuquerque High School Area

Alex Montano

North East Heights

Solana Granados


Karen Leming

Parkland Hills

Genesis Arizmendi

Nob hill

Kevin Bean

Carnuel (Tijeras Canyon)

Erica Velarde

Alameda & I25

Marcus Burnett


Tara Trafton


Group Agreements

  • Respect Shared Learning and Teaching- Each task force member and guest brings considerable knowledge and experience to teach and learn from one another. Please hold space for diverse points of view.
  • Respect Time- During discussions and Q&A we want as many task force members as are interested to participate. Please consider the time or the moderator will assist in sharing the time.
  • Respect Each Voice- Everyone on the task force is committed to climate action and brings diverse perspectives on how to achieve goals. There is strength in the depth and breadth of knowledge across the task force. Listen well and limit multi-tasking during the meetings and side conversations in the chat.
  • Respect Consensus- For the duration of the task force, we will be working toward a consensus and honoring dissent. The consultants and the City will limit comments about the task force in the media to process until the task force has completed has completed a draft document for public comment and members will do the same. By allowing the focus to be on process, time is afforded this group to explore and achieve common ground as the substance of the plan comes together over time.
  • Respect Engagement and Transparency- New Mexico First (NMF) will share notes from each meeting with participants and the City. NMF and the City are committed to creating time for public comment toward the end of issue meetings. Time will be limited to accommodate as many voices as possible within time limits. If comments are unrelated to climate action, the time will be passed to the next person in the public gallery section of zoom.