Program Priorities

The Environmental Alliance of New Mexico

Each year, CVNM Education Fund (CVNMEF) facilitates the Environmental Alliance of New Mexico (EANM), a coalition of over two dozen conservation groups working collaboratively to elevate environmental issues at the New Mexico State Legislature. The mission of the alliance is to convey a unified front to decision-makers about the legislative priorities of the environmental community in New Mexico.

Each year, EANM is committed to protecting the critical common-sense safeguards that protect the air, land and water that our families and communities depend on. Each session, legislation is introduced that would weaken or remove these vital protections. EANM fights each year to make sure that these safeguards remain intact and continue to protect New Mexico’s families and communities.

The Environmental Alliance of New Mexico meets year round to develop and implement campaign strategies associated with each key policy issue. Please contact our office if you are interested in participating in these high priority legislative efforts here in our state!

Rural New Mexico Engagement

From legacy waste sites to water pollution, many of New Mexico’s communities are experiencing the consequences of environmental degradation first hand. At the same time, the protection of our resources and open space is an inherent value to our rural and culturally unique communities. Despite this, New Mexican’s values are often underrepresented from a local to a state scale – resulting in policy that negatively impacts those communities.

Conservation Voters New Mexico Education Fund (CVNMEF) works to increase voting, advocacy and activism in communities most affected by the impacts of environmental racism, climate change and pollution—particularly rural, Indigenous and Latino communities.

Our Organizing Commitment:

We are committed to creating long-term change by working with communities to address environmental issues impacting their health and quality of life. We do this by bringing community members together to work on policy solutions, providing skills-building trainings and resources, organizing public events and connecting activists with decision-makers.

Our Programs:

  1. Western New Mexico Organizing

    The Grants Mining District in Western New Mexico is home to over 259 mining sites that produced uranium, 137 of those with no record of any reclamation activity. As a result, many families in the region are exposed to legacy pollution that is adversely impacting their quality of life, water supply and health. Our Western New Mexico Organizer is working to bring together diverse stakeholders in Cibola and McKinley counties to explore solutions to the problems families in these counties face every day, such as calling for the state to adopt a comprehensive health baseline. For more information about this program, contact our Communications Director Liliana Castillo.

  1. Northern New Mexico Organizing

    Rio Arriba County is currently home to an estimated 21,000 oil and gas wells on the county’s western edge. These wells span a variety of land designations – from private to federal. Now, with the advent of new horizontal drilling technology, there is renewed interest to explore additional drilling in the Mancos Shale – an area that spans the Four Corners region. As a result of this renewed interest, the Bureau of Land Management is now considering whether to permit a massive new oil and gas pipeline proposed by the Colorado company Saddle Butte Pipeline LLC. The project, dubbed the Piñon Pipeline, would stretch 130 miles across Western New Mexico, and transport an estimated 15,000 barrels of oil a day from a proposed terminal in the town of Lybrook. At the same time, in 2015, New Mexico was found to have the highest concentration of airborne methane in the nation – dubbed the methane “hotspot”. Methane, a byproduct of natural gas production, contributes to health problems – like asthma – and is considered a climate change super pollutant.

    Our Northern New Mexico organizer is working in Rio Arriba County to raise awareness about the impacts that oil and gas have on our air, land, water and communities, and to build support for federal action to curb methane pollution. For more information about this program, contact our Communications Director Liliana Castillo.

  1. Organizing in Albuquerque’s Latino Communities

    Juntos, which means “together” in Spanish, is a partnership between Conservation Voters New Mexico Education Fund and League of Conservation Voters Education Fund’s Chispa program. Based in Albuquerque, Juntos: Our Air, Our Water launched in July 2014 to amplify the voices of Latino families who are calling for protections for the air we breathe and the water we drink, not only for our own health, but also for our families and future generations. Organizers are fanning out across Albuquerque to talk with thousands of Latino families, to train new grassroots leaders, build a strong activist base and engage local officials who can convey the importance and urgency of the State Public Regulation Commission and Public Service of New Mexico (PNM), our state’s largest utility company, to be responsible and accountable to their customers, future generations and the planet. We are also encouraging the state to adopt a strong Clean Power Plan for the state that incorporates platforms of environmental, social and climate justice to address the health, social and environmental issues that are impacting Latino families. For more information about this program, visit it’s page or contact our Communications Director Liliana Castillo.

The Environmental Alliance of New Mexico includes the following organizations:

Partners

350.org New Mexico
Amigos Bravos
Animal Protection Voters of New Mexico
Audubon New Mexico
Audubon New Mexico – Southwest Chapter
Chama Peak Land Alliance
Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy
Conservation Voters New Mexico
CVNM Education Fund
Defenders of Wildlife
Earthworks
Earthworks Action – Oil & Gas Accountability Project
Environment New Mexico
Food and Water Watch
Gila Resources Information Project
Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting, and the Outdoors (HECHO)
Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment
Natural Resources Defense Council
New Energy Economy
New Mexico Environmental Law Center
New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce
New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light
New Mexico Wilderness Alliance
New Mexico Wildlife Federation
Rio Grande Restoration
Sierra Club – Rio Grande Chapter
South Valley Partners for Environmental Justice
Southwest Energy Efficiency Project
The Nature Conservancy

Allies

Campaign to END SACRIFICE ZONES
CAVU
Dooda Desert Rock
Eastern Navajo Dine Against Uranium Mining
Frack Free Four Corners
Frack Off Chaco Canyon
Native American Voters Alliance
New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty
New Mexico Resiliency Alliance
Our Revolution
River Source
Citizens’ Climate Lobby
Southwest Environmental Law Center
SouthWest Organizing Project
Take Back Our Democracy
The Wilderness Society
Union of Concerned Scientists
Vote Solar
Wildearth Guardians
Working Families Party