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 7:00 pm at our office. All are invited.

Chair: Diane Reese, DianeAbqNM@gmail.com
Vice Chair: Ray Shortridge, rsshortridge@gmail.com
Secretary: Heather Kline, heatherjkline78@gmail.com, (505) 577-2798
Treasurer: David Ther, grelbik@gmail.com
Fred Houdek, fjhoudek@gmail.com, (630) 809-4234
Carol Chamberland, pictografix@comcast.net
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

City of Albuquerque: Resolution R-20-65

City of Albuquerque: Resolution R-20-65
The Albuquerque City Council is introducing legislation R-20-65 that would formally end the Albuquerque Police Department’s participation in the 1033 military equipment surplus program. The resolution is sponsored by Councilors Pat Davis and Lan Sena. A virtual public hearing will ... Read More

Groups ask state to protect Albuquerque Basin aquifer

Groups ask state to protect Albuquerque Basin aquifer
Efforts are underway to better protect the entire Albuquerque Basin aquifer at the state level with an Executive Order.  ... Read More

Volunteer hero: Fred Houdek

Volunteer hero: Fred Houdek
The Sierra Club has been the lucky beneficiary of the incredible leadership skills from Fred Houdek. We’re so lucky to have had him for all these years as our Central Group Chair ... Read More

Sierra Club & Root Beer – March 2020

Sierra Club & Root Beer – March 2020
Join us for Sierra Club and Root Beer on Friday, March 6, our Central NM Group general meeting. Our featured speaker is the City of Albuquerque Sustainability Officer Kelsey Rader. Her presentation will include the City plans to move us to ... Read More