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 6:30 pm via web conference.  Contact the Chair for access - all are invited.

Chair: Diane Reese, DianeAbqNM@gmail.com, (505) 507-6416
Vice Chair: Ray Shortridge, rsshortridge@gmail.com
Secretary: Heather Kline, heatherjkline78@gmail.com, (505) 577-2798
Treasurer: David Ther, grelbik@gmail.com

David Bouquin, dbouquin5@gmail.com
Carol Chamberland, pictografix@comcast.net (Zero Waste)
Peter Kelling, cloudsandwater@juno.com (Art Show)
Jessica O'Callahan, jessicaeoc@gmail.com
Terry Owens, teowen@comcast.net (Outings)

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: Vacant
Meetup page: Heather Kline, heatherjkline78@gmail.com

Bosque Light Photo by John Fowler thought WikiMedia Commons

Central New Mexico news

Virtual Sierra Club & Beers – November 2020

Virtual Sierra Club & Beers - November 2020
Join the Central New Mexico Group for a virtual meeting on Thursday, November 19. You don't have to live in the metro area ... Read More

Virtual Sierra Club & Beer: Make your vote count!

Virtual Sierra Club & Beer: Make your vote count!
Join the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club for an online meeting with New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver. Thursday, September 24, starting at 6:00 pm ... Read More

A Piece of Ground on Which to Stand

A Piece of Ground on Which to Stand
Welcome to our virtual art show. This show features paintings by Dinah Norris Matchael ... Read More

Virtual Sierra Club & Beer

Virtual Sierra Club & Beer
Join the Central NM Group on Friday, July 31 starting at 6:30pm, for our virtual Sierra Club and Beer. The featured talk is a USFWS update on the endangered silvery minnow. Bring your own beer ... Read More