Program Priorities

The Environmental Alliance of New Mexico

Each year, CVNM Education Fund 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. Learn more.»

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 wild 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.

CVNM Education Fund 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 training 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 Program 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 and for county-level task forces to identify how local officials can better protect residents.After policy failed to move at the state level, we partnered with community groups to discuss local policy in McKinley County. The community started shaping policy asking by the McKinley County Commission to consider making space for the community to come together and have discussions about potential impacts of new mining, and explore addition safeguards to protect the community from impacts of new mining (like Roca Honda Mine). The commission committed to creating a blue ribbon task force on uranium mining and our western New Mexico team are working to hold the commission to their commitment and shape the task force. For more information about this program, contact us at info@CVNM.org.
  2. Northern New Mexico Organizing
    Like most counties in New Mexico, Rio Arriba County is heavily dependent on oil and gas taxes for its budget revenues. In years when market values for oil and gas are low (like in 2016), counties like Rio Arriba receive less money from the state for critical needs and services. Our future is tied to clean, renewable energy sources like wind and solar. That’s why community conversations around a diverse economy that includes a stable and robust clean energy market are critically important in New Mexico. For most rural counties, meaningful investment in renewables like wind and solar is more complex than it sounds. Jemez Mountain Electric Co-op, like many other rural electric co-ops, is limited on the amount of renewable energy it can produce locally by its contract with Tri-State Electric. Unless contract terms change, Jemez is locked into purchasing 95% of its electricity from Tri-State.  That’s why we are supporting Rio Arriba community members to call on the co-op to renegotiate its contract with Tri-State Electric. Rio Arriba County can and should be a reneable energy leader in norther New Mexico – one that generates revenutes and creates jobs for local families. For more information about this program, contact us at info@CVNM.org.