About the Central New Mexico Group

The Central New Mexico Group of the Rio Grande Chapter covers the middle part of the state from east to west and includes Albuquerque, Bernalillo, Valencia County and Socorro. Our volunteer leaders are active in many areas, including protecting the Albuquerque Bosque and making sure Mayor Richard Berry’s “Rio Grande Vision” doesn’t disrupt the wild character of our natural urban escape.

We also advocate for better city energy policy and volunteer for pro-­environment candidates and recently returned a pro-­environment majority to the Albuquerque City Council. One example is our project related to the Sandoval County Oil & Gas Ordinance.

Our community meetings consist of alternating months of informational speakers and First Friday Arts. General meetings (Sierra Club & Root Beer) occur in January, March, May, July, September and November and are usually held at the Albuquerque Center for Peace & Justice, 202 Harvard Drive SE, 87106. On alternate months, our First Friday Arts Series highlights the works of local artists. Join us or stop by the office gallery. You will also be supporting the chapter with your purchases.

Our office location is 2215 Lead Ave SE, Albuquerque 8710. The office is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 1-5 pm. The phone number is (505)243-7767.

Our mailing address is P.O. Box 25342, Albuquerque 87125.

Central New Mexico Executive Committee

Chair:  Fred Houdek, fjhoudek@gmail.com, 630.809.4234
Vice Chair:  Ray Shortridge, rsshortridge@gmail.com
Treasurer:  David Ther, grelbik@gmail.com
Secretary:  Heather Kline, heatherjkline78@gmail.com, 505.577.2798
Outings:  Odile de La Beaujardiere, odile@pitot.org, 505.433.469
Carol Chamberland, pictografix@comcast.net
Mark Rudd, mark@markrudd.com
Peter Kelling, cloudsandwater@juno.com

Other contacts

Political Chair: Richard Barish, richardbarish@gmail.com
First Friday Art: Heather Kline, heatherjkline78@gmail.com, 505.577.2798
Volunteer Coordinator: Lauren Komnick, sierraclubriogrande@gmail.com, 315.272.7317
Tabling Scheduling: Patty Duncan, pgnm@comcast.com,
Groundwater Issues Chair: Mike Neas, mikneas@aol.com, 505-269-4261
Wildlife: Leslie Chavez, chavezles99@gmail.com
Sierra Military Outings: Terry Owen, 505-301-4349, teowen@comcast.net
UNM Sierra Student Coalition Co-presidents: Tom Bottomly, tbottomly@unm.edu, Keely Scheffler, kscheffler99@unm.edu
Bosque Action Team Chair: Richard Barish, richardbarish@gmail.com

Bosque Light Photo by John Fowler thought WikiMedia Commons

Central New Mexico news

Zero Waste Team Goes with the Flow

Zero Waste Team Goes with the Flow
Like most city dwellers, I pay my monthly water bill with scarcely a thought for what happens downstream after each flush of the toilet. When Central Group staffer Cecilia Chávez Beltrán suggested we take a tour of the local wastewater ... Read More

First Saturday Arts – June 2019

First Saturday Arts - June 2019
Please join us in welcoming photographer Patrick O'Brien for an opening reception on Saturday, June 8, 2-4 pm at the Albuquerque Sierra Club office ... Read More

Mom Power Summit New Mexico

Mom Power Summit New Mexico
Join us on May 11 in Hyder Park to recognize some of the wonderful mothers in our community and the families who have worked so hard to make Albuquerque more sustainable! We’ll also be celebrating passage of the Albuquerque Clean ... Read More

Sierra Club & Root Beer – May 2019

Sierra Club & Root Beer - May 2019
Come find out how an idea to ban single-use bags in Albuquerque grew into a movement. Hear from people and kids who took part in organizing! Learn what it means for our city and how you can help plan next ... Read More