CNM Hosting Events Focused on Water Issues in the Desert

September 9, 2015 -- CNM will host several educational events focusing on water issues in the desert during September and October as part of the college's Campus as a Living Lab initiative, beginning with a kickoff event on Wednesday, Sept. 23.
September 09, 2015

Asa Stone, a CNM Psychology instructor and co-chair of the Sustainability Curriculum Committee, has partnered with Carson Bennett, former Campus as a Living Lab organizer and English instructor, to lead a new campus-wide sustainability education effort that emphasizes the region’s unique water issues.

Molly Blumhoefer, Geography instructor and co-chair of the CNM Sustainability Curriculum Committee, is one of seven faculty members organizing the eight-week education program, said the committee decided to focus on water this fall because the demand on quality and quantity of water in the Southwest is increasing due to increases in population.

“It’s an already stressed region with growing water-shortage problems, due in part to an unprecedented drought,” she said.

The Water in the Desert kickoff will be Sept. 23 with an education expo in the Student Resources Center breezeway featuring posters describing the themes for the eight weeks of films, presentations and actions. The posters will be displayed from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sept. 23. That will be followed on Sept. 24 by the showing of the film “Remains of a River” at 7 p.m. and panel discussions, all at the UNM Centennial Engineering Center Auditorium.

Themes and CNM instructors involved in the programs for the following seven weeks are:

  • “Geography of Your Drinking Water: Bottle vs. Tap,” Blumhoefer, Geography instructor
  • “Urban Water Cycle,” Steve Glass, Biology instructor
  • “Water Quality," Heather Fitzgerald, Biology instructor and coordinator of  Science, Technology, Engineering and Math”(STEM) outreach
  • “Institutional Conservation,” Carson Bennett, former CNM Campus as a Living Lab Faculty Liaison
  • “River/Wetland Restoration,” Sue Small, faculty member in the School of Adult & General Education
  • “Water Smart Future,” Sandra Rourke, faculty member in the School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • “Education Expo: Student Conference,” Asa Stone and Monique Lacoste, faculty members in the School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences

“We hope this is the first year of an ongoing tradition at CNM to highlight water issues every fall, coupled with Recyclemania in the spring to get faculty and students involved in sustainability,” Blumhoefer said.