We are building an inclusive movement in New Mexico to prevent the worst effects of climate change and climate injustice. Ordinary New Mexicans are standing up to the fossil fuel industry and driving a just transition to renewable energy for all – join us!
tasolomon6 (at) gmail (dot) com
Tom Solomon, co-coordinator of 350.org New Mexico, is a retired electrical engineer. During his 34 year career at Intel he led the team which built and ramped Fab 11X in Rio Rancho, the $2B expansion that doubled the size of their microprocessor Fab in 2001. He also led the efforts to build Intel’s first (10kW) solar array in NM in 2008, and a larger 100kW rooftop installation in 2011. After retirement, Tom became a full-time activist. He was a field organizer for OFA in 2012 and now co-leads the NM chapter of 350.org, fighting global warming to ensure a safe climate for his 3 children. 350NM’s campaigns include UNM divestment, large public climate rallies, public education forums on methane leakage, rooftop solar advocacy at neighborhood associations and coalition efforts at the PRC to replace the power from PNM’s San Juan coal plant with Wind and Solar energy.
jim (at) 350newmexico (dot) org
Jim Mackenzie, co-coordinator of 350 New Mexico, worked in the New Mexico electrical industry for over 35 years. During that time, he was a principal of two distributed electrical generation (DG) New Mexico businesses including a startup wind turbine manufacturing company using spinoff technology from Sandia Labs. He is a retired commercial and industrial union electrician and has lived in New Mexico for almost 50 years while raising his three children.
Mackenzie’s activism and organizing spans 50 years including the civil rights, anti-Viet Nam war and environmental movements. Highlights of that work include attending Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have A Dream” protest in Washington, DC., helping to stop the construction of a uranium mill in Sandoval County and organizing a 600-person Albuquerque demonstration in support of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe fight against the North Dakota Access pipeline.
Jim served in the U. S. Army, Signal Corps and was deployed in Viet Nam, 1966-1967.
RURAL SUPPORT AND EDUCATION COMMITTEES
Age 9: outdoor explorer, birder
Age 16: AFS exchange student in Brazil, reader
Age 25: APS kindergarten teacher, backpacker, gardener
Age 36: mother, supporter of Chicago Mayor Harold Washington, socialist, potter
Present: Combining all of my accumulated experience to create a just and peaceful world by building a global climate justice movement with 350 New Mexico
ken7berg (at) gmail (dot) com
Prior to my involvement with 350 New Mexico I spent 25 years at Sandia National Laboratories carrying out or managing scientific research in a variety of energy-related fields, including fusion energy, solar thermal systems development, and nuclear reactor safety. After retiring from Sandia I published Tritium on Ice, a book about the dangers of using commercial nuclear power plants to produce materials for nuclear weapons. I hope my background in science and technology helps inform my involvement in climate change issues. I think 350.org is a tremendous force for good in a world facing the existential challenge of climate change. Being involved in the New Mexico chapter seems to me to be a great way to make a difference at both the local and national levels.
RENEWABLE ENERGY IN VALENCIA COUNTY
RENEWABLE ENERGY IN VALENCIA COUNTY and RENEWABLE ENERGY ADVOCACY FOR RURAL COOPS
WEB CONTENT MANAGER & WEBMASTER
Dylan Connelly is a solar and sustainability consultant. Dylan is also a licensed mechanical engineer. Prior to joining Affordable Solar in early 2018, he was designing ultra-efficient residential and commercial buildings for 10 years. His passion for renewable energy inspired him to move into the solar field full time. He is able to use his diverse expertise to provide his customers with a comprehensive perspective in order to meet their energy-saving goals.
BOARD, STEERING, COMMUNICATIONS, AND EDUCATION COMMITTEES
Stephanie Haan-Amato is the Communications and Development Director at Environmental Education of New Mexico. For several years, she led the development of climate change curriculum for middle and high school students. Ensuring that the next generation of decision-makers is climate literate is an important step in mitigating the climate emergency. Stephanie is a wildlife biologist and educator who is passionate about doing everything she can to lessen the impacts of climate change. She volunteers at 350NM in order to aid in a just transition away from fossil fuels for her two children and all of the people of New Mexico.
STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER
gerstle (at) unm (dot) edu
Walter Gerstle is Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at the University of New Mexico. He is Treasurer for the New Mexico Solar Energy Society. Gerstle is Chief Technical Officer of CSolPower LLC, a renewable energy storage company. He is President of the UNM 21 Club and Treasurer of the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra. Gerstle is Past President of the New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers, Past President of the New Mexico Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and Past President of the UNM chapter of Sigma Xi, the Research Society.