Preserving and protecting our environment is a political process


We work on electing environmentally minded legislators with the hope that they'll enact the environmental protections our communities need.  Our volunteers are actively involved in endorsing pro-environment candidates and then working for their election.  Find our more here. 


During our legislative session and in other decision-making forums we engage as grassroots lobbyists, working to inform and motivate our legislators to take action for clean air and clean water.  Get involved here.

Interested in helping environmental champions get elected?

  1. Fill out our elections volunteer form
  2. Donate to Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club PAC
  3. Contact our political chair, Richard Barish at

Recent political news

2020 New Mexico Primary: State House Endorsements
Rio Grande Sierra Club 2020 primary endorsements – State House of Re ...
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Our choice for Congress: Leger Fernandez
We are so proud to endorse Teresa Leger Fernandez for New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District seat ...
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Session ends with Republicans stalling to save New Mexico from electric cars
Here is a quick summary of the high and low points of the 2020 legislative session. We have much to celebrate and many to thank for their tireless efforts ...
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Legislative Fact Sheets

Legislative Fact Sheets
The 2020 New Mexico Legislature ends on February 20. Although primarily a short, budget-focussed session, we have hopes of enacting significant environmental protection and mitigation laws. These one pagers go into greater detail on some of our top priority bills ...
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We're in the news: Supreme Court sides with governor in Energy Transition Act case
On January 29, the New Mexico Supreme Court sided with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, lawmakers and the state’s largest electric utility in a bench ruling that allows the company to apply a new energy law to recover investments it made in a coal-fired power plant ...
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Director's update: good news and concerns
Good news on Albuquerque Energy Conservation Codes for buildings, an update on the PRC hearings on replacement energy for coal at San Juan, and a concern regarding an ALEC-driven attempt to raise fees for Electric Vehicle owners ...
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2020 Legislative Tracker

See a list of priority bills for the current session that the Rio Grande Chapter is watching ...
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Sierra Club endorses Teresa Leger Fernandez for U.S. House
The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club on Thursday announced that it has endorsed Teresa Leger Fernandez for the open U.S. House seat in New Mexico’s Third Congressional District.  ...
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