Environment Department Ozone Precursor Rule Released
“We are extremely encouraged that the Environment Department appears to have heard the concerns expressed in more than 91% of public comments calling for stronger rules,” said Demis Foster, executive director of Conservation Voters New Mexico. “The 2020 New Mexico Climate Strategy revealed that New Mexico’s release of methane is more than three times the national average and that the oil and gas sector accounts for more than half of those emissions. We are still reviewing the Environment Department’s revised ozone precursor rule for its effectiveness in fighting the climate crisis and protecting workers and frontline communities, and we look forward to working with community organizations and the department in creating nation-leading methane rules.” Read the coalition press release.
Spring Newsletter Is Available
The legislative session ended less than a month ago with the Governor signing all 11 of our supported pro-conservation bills that made it to her desk. Ben Shelton, our Political and Policy Director writes about our expectations going into an unprecedented virtual session and the incredible success we had. Theresa Pasqual was elected as the new CVNM Board President. In response, she wrote an open letter recounting her work to protect the cultural heritage of Mt. Taylor and how this connected her to CVNM. Theresa also shared her public comment in front of the Oil Conservation Commission during the hearings that led to a reasonably strong methane rule regulating venting and flaring during oil and gas operations. Greg Peters, our Public Lands and Wildlife Advocate, discusses both a suite of public lands bills in the last session and the continued advance of the 30×30 initiative we and our allies are engaged in to create a unique New Mexican program to protect 30% of lands and waters by 2030. We hope you enjoy the Spring 2021 Newsletter.
Board of Directors – Positions Open
Bring your enthusiasm for protecting New Mexico’s air, land, water, wildlife, and communities to CVNM’s board of directors! Our unique and dynamic board members are currently accepting applications for director positions. Check out this testimonial from our new board president, Theresa Pasqual, about her experience with CVNM:
“I’ve learned much from CVNM, how legislation is written, introduced, heard, and ultimately passed or not. I came to understand connecting people, their ideas and voice to process was real power and that in turn could result in change. This is what powerful movements do. I’m proud that CVNM’s long-term vision includes centering our policy, civic engagement, and advocacy work both on and in partnership with the communities most impacted, especially rural and/or communities of color.” CVNM Board President Theresa Pasqual (Acoma Pueblo)
To learn more and to apply, see the full announcement.
Governor Lujan Grisham Signed All Our Bills that Passed the Legislature
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed all eleven of the bills we supported that made it to her desk. You can see all of these bills and the results of our legislative agenda in our Legislative Outcomes, which forms part of the process we use to hold our representatives accountable in our annual Scorecard. We track legislation that reflects the values of our supporters and protects our air, land, water, wildlife and communities. The Scorecard will come out in September.
Your voice is a critical part of this work. We will keep you informed as legislation is developed during the interim committee process, then moves into the legislature through committees and floor votes. Please join our email list, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and keep an eye out for member alerts to engage at strategic moments in these decision-making processes.
We’re Hiring: Water & Land Restoration Advocate
We are seeking a full-time exempt Water and Land Restoration Advocate to develop, coordinate, and implement public policy initiatives and advocacy strategies that advance New Mexico’s leadership to proactively address legacy mine waste, impacts of hard rock mining projects (current and proposed), groundwater and surface water contamination, watershed conservation, freshwater protection, statewide water allocation and administration reform, and in-stream flow protection. Read the full job description.
We’re Hiring: Campaigns & Civic Engagement Director
We are seeking a full-time Campaigns & Civic Engagement Director to lead and oversee CVNM & CVNM Education Fund’s civic engagement, accountability and outreach efforts, including volunteer organizing, partner and allied organization engagement, get-out-the-vote strategies. The Director will also oversee and implement strategies and programs that help to build momentum for federal climate and public lands and water policy engagement in partnership with our national affiliate, League of Conservation Voters and in tandem with our partnered communities. Read the full job description.
The Energy Transition Act
The Energy Transition Act (ETA) is a keystone piece of climate and just transition legislation that was passed into law in 2019. Thanks to this policy, New Mexico has adopted a transformative clean energy standard calling for New Mexico to be 100% carbon neutral by 2045. The ETA will save rate-payers money, improve our environment and provide important economic relief to communities impacted by coal plant closures. It also establishes a pathway for an energy transition in the Four Corners area by providing $40 million in relief to workers, local communities and tribes in San Juan County, where the state’s remaining coal-fired facilities are located.
The ETA is working exactly as it is supposed to. Read about the Myths and Facts of the ETA.
We are seeking an experienced and engaged Business Administrator to manage the administrative, accounting, scheduling, and overall internal functioning of our offices. This position plays a key role in overseeing the implementation of CVNM’s operational, administrative, human resources and financial systems in order to support organizational goals. Superb interpersonal and leadership skills are vital for this role, as teamwork is important for our organization’s success. Suitable candidates should also be excellent written and verbal communicators and possess the ability to prioritize multiple work demands. This position is based in Santa Fe. Job description and how to apply here.