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Climate Action

Santa Fe County is committed to reaching net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. As the first step towards that goal, the County developed GHG emission inventories of County operations for 2005, 2017, and 2018 across several sectors. This data will be used to prepare a comprehensive action plan to further reduce emissions and increase resilience in the face of climate change.

GHG Inventory highlights

  • Emissions from County operations decreased by 97% from 2005 to 2018, primarily due to the development of a methane gas collection and flaring system at the Caja Del Rio landfill.
  • County buildings and facilities are now the greatest contributor to County emissions, producing 55% of GHG emissions in 2018.
  • At the time of publication of the report, 1.6 MW of solar had been installed on County facilities to help offset these emissions, with more being installed every year.

Read the full inventory report or view the data dashboard.

Race to Zero

In April 2021, Santa Fe County joined the Race to Zero, pledging to reduce emissions from County buildings by 60% by 2025 through renewable energy and energy efficiency upgrades, and to achieve that same goal in buildings across the community by 2030. Key to success is to ensure that all new County facilities are built to specific sustainable performance design standards, detailed in the Sustainability Division's Healthy Buildings Checklist

 

Nature & Land

Santa Fe County Commissioners voted to officially support the 30x30 initiative in December 2020. A worldwide, science-based, conservation plan, the 30x30 initiative aims to conserve and restore at least 30% of the Earth’s land, rivers, streams and oceans by 2030 to protect biodiversity and curb climate change. 

The County is doing its part by working to restore the landscape that falls under its management, including County open space, trails, parks, and facility grounds.

During fiscal year 2021, the County conserved 12 acres of land and planted nearly 1,500 trees and shrubs with the help of over 150 volunteers. And many other organizations throughout the County are also working hard to restore and conserve our land and water!  

FY21 30x30 metrics

View Santa Fe County’s Fiscal Year 2021 Progress Report

 

Solarize Santa Fe

Santa Fe County is proud to be doing its share to be a part of the global transition to renewable energy. The electricity associated with County operations is on track to be well over 50% renewable by 2025, in line with the 2045 date of New Mexico's Energy Transition Act. Santa Fe County now has 19 facilities that are equipped with solar panels with a combined production of 1.8 megawatts:

  • Buckman Direct Diversion Water Treatment Plant (County’s 50% share is 500 kW)
  • Buckman Direct Diversion Booster Station 2A (County’s 50% share 750 kW)
  • Steven Herrera Judicial Complex (113 kW)
  • San Marcos Solid Waste Convenience Center (1.4 kW)
  • Tesuque Fire Station #1 (6.1 kW)
  • Chimayo Fire Station #1 (4.1 kW)
  • Pojoaque Fire Station #1 (8.1 kW)
  • Turquoise Trail Fire Station #1 (7.8 kW)
  • Arroyo Hondo Fire Station #2 (10.1 kW)
  • Agua Fria Fire Station #2 in La Tierra (8.8 kW)
  • Edgewood Fire Station #1 (31.9 kW)
  • Nancy Rodriguez Community Center (12 kW)
  • Nambe Solid Waste Convenience Center (0.5 kW)
  • County Administration Building at 100 Catron Street (15 kW)
  • Adam/Coll Senior and Community Center in Eldorado (71 kW)
  • Agua Fria Fire Station #1 (15 kW)
  • Fairground Exhibition Hall (15 kW)
  • La Cienega Regional Fire Station at 37 Rancho Viejo Blvd. (63 kW)
  • Public Safety Complex (135 kW)

The PV systems produce over 3 million kWh of energy annually, which is equivalent to the CO2 emissions from 5.4 million miles driven by a passenger car, or the amount of carbon sequestered by 2,630 acres of U.S. forests in one year. This renewable energy powers services such as fire stations, senior centers, community centers, and provides clean drinking water.

In 2020 alone, the County's PV systems saved residents over $300,000. Moreover, these systems reduce approximately 2,148 tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year, improving air quality in New Mexico and increasing the County's climate resiliency.

 

Sustainability Awards

2020 - SolSmart Bronze

2020 - PNM Business Energy Efficiency Star Award for New Construction

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