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.

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. Another is the Global Warming Express kids pushing for a plastic bag ban.

Our community meetings consist of alternating months of informational speakers and First Saturday 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 Saturday Arts Series highlights the works of local artists. Every Wednesday afternoon is Volunteer Time, from 1:00-4:00. 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 87106. The office is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 1-5 pm, as well as Thursday from 9am to noon. The phone number is (505) 243-7767.

Central New Mexico Executive Committee

The Central Group ExComm meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm at our office. All are invited.

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
Carol Chamberland, pictografix@comcast.net
Odile de la Beaujardiere, odile@pitot.org
Mark Rudd, mark@markrudd.com
Peter Kelling, cloudsandwater@juno.com

Committees & working groups

Bosque Action Team, meets first Monday (sign up for news here)
Outings, including Excursiones a la Naturaleza, Sierra Club Military Outdoors, and the Bosquitos
Zero Waste Committee, meets third Wednesday
Sandoval County Oil & Gas Ordinance
Sierra Student Coalition

Contact information

Outings: Terrence Owen, teowen@comcast.net
Spanish-language Outings, Cecilia Chávez Beltrán, cecilia.chavez.beltran@sierraclub.org
Military Outings, Terrence Owen, teowen@comcast.net
Bosquitos Outings, open

Political Chair: Richard Barish, richardbarish@gmail.com
Groundwater Issues: Mike Neas, mikneas@aol.com
Bosque Action Team: Richard Barish, richardbarish@gmail.com
Wildlife: open
Sandoval County Oil & Gas: Miya King-Flaherty, miya.king-flaherty@sierraclub.org
Zero Waste: Carol Chamberland, pictografix@comcast.net

First Saturday Art: Peter Kelling, cloudsandwater@juno.com
Tabling Coordinators: Tammy West, tamsensw@yahoo.com & Ethan Forbes eforbes12@yahoo.com
Volunteer Coordinator: Patty Duncan, pgnm@comcast.com
UNM Sierra Student Coalition: Keely Scheffler, kscheffler99@unm.edu 7
Meetup page: Heather Kline, heatherjkline78@gmail.com

Bosque Light Photo by John Fowler thought WikiMedia Commons

Central New Mexico news

First Saturday Arts – October 2019

First Saturday Arts – October 2019
One of our community efforts is to highlight the works of local artists in our First Week Arts series at our Albuquerque office. Join us on Saturday, October 5 for our featured show ... Read More

Join the Youth Climate Strike!

Join the Youth Climate Strike!
On Friday, September 20, 2019, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will strike from school and work across the US and around the world to demand urgent and transformative action be taken to ... Read More

Chello Grill Fundraiser

Chello Grill Fundraiser
Chello Grill in Albuquerque will donate 50% of sales on September 28 with this coupon at checkout ... Read More

First Saturday Arts – August 2019

First Saturday Arts - August 2019
Please join us in welcoming Edna Casman for an opening reception on Saturday, August 3, 2-4 pm at the Sierra Club office (2215 Lead Ave SE) ... Read More