The Ecology of Community Networking by Richard Lowenberg

Santa Fe collectively pays $100 million per year on aggregated telecommunications services (phone, cable,wireless, satelllite, Internet). Richard Lowenberg points to community economic benefits that would accrue if 1% were re-allocated to community technology services. … READ MORE >>

Higher Education Learning Center Launches by Brian Skeele

Santa Fe Higher Education Center Launches

Students Can Work Toward Bachelor’s Degrees

In August, the Santa Fe Higher Education Center (SFHEC) officially launched on the campus of Santa Fe Community College. The SFHEC is a partnership among SFCC, New Mexico Highlands University, the Institute of American Indian Arts and the University of  New Mexico to increase access to higher education. The center will provide a single location where students can pursue a bachelor’s degree directly upon earning an associate degree at SFCC…. READ MORE >>

How to Finance the Sustainable Urban Village by Drew Tulchin

Mixed use buildings are going to require innovative financial and ownership mechanisms. Drew Tulcin begins the discussion. … READ MORE >>

Earthship Village Design with Michael Reynolds by Brian Skeele

Michael Reynolds points out how “Pockets of Freedom” are essential for innovation. His latest Earthship Village design redefines the neighborhood corner market. By connecting Earthships along a commons bike path/ food jungle, he integrates sewage treatment, water catchment, the growing of fruit and vegetables, fish and chickens all together in a year round tempered climate…. READ MORE >>

Water in a Sustainable Urban Village by Richard Jennings

Sewers are the perennial streams of our civilization in most semi-arid areas. Because water is the critical element, water resiliency will include budgets, reserves, maximum cycling and plans for shared sacrifice or prosperity as the climate delivers…. READ MORE >>

Developers and Landowners Should Take a Page From the Past by Estevan Arellano

Balancing the preservation of water rights, development of farm land, sustainable profits from homegrown agricultural operations, and enhancing the regional food “shed” requires wisdom and innovation. … READ MORE >>

Preserving New Mexico’s Land Heritage through Conservation Easements

Conservation easements are a valuable tool for protecting open lands such as farms and ranches, wildlife habitats, historic and cultural sites, scenic open space and recreational lands from development while keeping them in private ownership. A conservation easement is a voluntary, legal agreement between a private landowner and a qualified conservation organization – such as the New Mexico Land Conservancy (NMLC) – to limit subdivision, development and specific uses on the subject property for the purpose of conserving certain conservation values or providing some kind of public benefit. Each conservation easement is tailored to the subject property and the conservation goals of the landowner.

Creative Tool for controlled growth and preservation of open space