Result

Less toxic mercury in our water, air and bodies

In conjunction with our national federation, we helped persuade the Environmental Protection Agency to require that coal-fired powerplants like Cochise, near Farmington, cut the amount of toxic mercury they emit by 90% -- a big victory given mercury’s toxic effects on pregnant women and small children. We helped deliver a record-breaking 800,000 public comments –- and counting –- in support of the new rule.

Result

20% more efficient by 2020

New buildings would have been 20% more energy efficient by 2020 under building codes adopted by the Construction Industries Commission in 2010, thanks in part to Environment New Mexico and our supporters. Unfortunately, Martinez administration officials reverted to less efficient codes in 2012 –- but we’ll keep fighting to get our strong energy codes back in place. We’ve done it once!

Result

We fought back against subsidized sprawl

In the 2008 legislative session, Environment New Mexico and our allies were able to stop the Legislature from approving a tax bill that would have sent 75% of increased tax revenue from new developments directly into the pockets of mega-developers like Verde Group and SunCal –- effectively subsidizing their efforts to turn tens of thousands of acres of land into sprawling developments and subdivisions.

Result

Victory: Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks protected as national monument

President Obama permanently protected the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks outside Las Cruces by designating them a national monument. Protecting nearly a half million acres, this is the largest monument the Obama administration has declared thus far. Now, mountain lions, pronghorn antelope and peregrine falcon will have protected habitat, while New Mexicans will have beautiful places for hiking and other recreational adventures long into the future.

Result

You’re building support to save the bees.

Millions of bees are dying off, with alarming consequences for our environment and our food supply. In 2015, we mobilized grassroots support for protecting these vital pollinators. Thanks to your support, our national team and a coalition of beekeepers, farmers and others delivered more than 4 million petitions calling on the Obama administration to declare a ban on neonicotinoids, a class of bee-killing pesticides.

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