Instructor Spotlight: Meridiae by Lea Anderson

By Stephanie Stuckey, Staff Reporter

MERIDIAE (pronounced muh-rid-ee-ay) is the name of the artwork being displayed in the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History’s Grand Lobby and created by CNM art teacher Lea Anderson.

Anderson was invited by the museum’s curator Andrew Connors to serve as the 2015 Summer Artist-in-Residence, which according to Anderson, was an incredible honor for her.

“The curator trusted her to do anything she wanted with the space, which was exciting because it is a rare opportunity to be able to create artwork somewhere other than the conventional canvas or piece of paper,” Anderson said.

This made her think outside the box and think about how to make the space work for her, she said.

The lobby has a lot of interesting architecture and nook & cranny type spaces, but what really made an impression on her was the window which she described as dramatic and a good focal point, she said.

The window really made her think about how it represents a connection between the millions of ideas inside of the museum and the millions of ideas just outside of the museum, she said.

“The connection between where we are at any one particular time and the outside is represented symbolically with the window being the channel of connection between this world and that world,” she said.

This is when she had to really think about how she was going to visually represent all those ideas being shared and connected, Anderson said.

She began work in June 2015 with a previous piece of artwork she had made, she said.

According to Anderson, it is a small piece with about 100 little circles with all types of different designs in them.

She took a picture of the artwork and enlarged it to serve as a model; a visualization of her idea of connection, she said.

Anderson enlarged the photograph to 20 feet and laid the grid of widows in the lobby over the photograph, she said.

She noticed the circular shape with the grid began to look like a globe or a map with the lines of latitude, longitude, and the equator which fit because she thought of the original piece as being many worlds within a huge world in a symbolic sense, she said.

Upon researching globes and maps she came across the word meridian, which is a circle of constant longitude passing through a given place on the earth’s surface, she said.

Anderson said of MERIDIAE that it could be a slice of many worlds that suddenly materialize and the connections become visible.

She said she did not like the plural word for meridian, so she made up the word meridiae.

It has no other meaning, the word does not exist, Anderson said.

She thought the word was interesting because it sounds like a spiritual name and a scientific name at the same time, she stated.

Anderson said she likes to think in relation to the piece as the window being the surface of a painting and what is behind the painting is suddenly visible as well.

“You can see beyond just the painting, you can see what really went into it and get a sense of the personality of the artist,” she said.

MERIDIAE was installed in 15 days after working for 7 hours per day at the museum and spending hundreds of hours on the computer, she said.

She related this experience to a runner who is training for a marathon and then actually runs the marathon – this was her marathon, she said.

MERIDIAE was compiled using the original photograph as the little shapes inside, suggesting that everything in life is interconnected, she said.

Anderson said the inspiration for the colors she chose to use were taken from the architectural elements of the beams in the windows.

Below the big beam in the middle she chose to use blue or any variations of blue possible, she said.

Representing water, someone’s subconscious, the underworld, or just another place, she said.

Above the beam, it is multicolored, which can suggest flowers or the emergence of life, Anderson said.

The beauty of it is that it is not meant to have just one specific interpretation, it is important for it to be easy for people to come up with their own interpretations, she said.

According to Anderson, there are many factors to consider when doing an installation artwork piece: what materials should be used, how the light will affect the art work, how the people will interact with it, how long it can last, and the possibility of it breaking.

The material that was used is a thick acetate type of plastic and a giant flat-bed printer from Albuquerque Reprographics (ARI) to print the images onto the plastic, Anderson said.

Highly pigmented ink intended to be light fast was used for the color, it is the same material used on signs meant to hang in windows to ensure there would be no fading, she said.

Anderson said each shape was cut-out individually with the help of her former intern and former CNM student Jesse Garcia and others.

Although she used technology for the piece, there is still the process of real hand-made work, she said.

After cutting out all the pieces by hand, Anderson said she glued each piece on herself ensuring everything was in place.

Anderson said she is not sure if touch-ups will be needed, as she thoroughly tested the material, but is willing to touch it up if necessary.

As she glued the last piece on and took a step back to take a look she was really excited, but surprised at how big it actually turned out, she said.

The thing that excites her the most is seeing how other people interact with MERIDIAE, she said.

Anderson strongly suggests students visit Albuquerque’s Museum of Art and History, not only to experience MERIDIAE for themselves, but because the curator of the museum puts a lot of effort into catering to the likes of Albuquerque’s residents, she said.

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The museum is closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day, according to

General museum admission is free every Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month, and from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday evening of every month (fees for special exhibits and events still apply on free times).

Otherwise, general admission tickets for N.M. residents are $2 for seniors, $3 for adults (19-64), $3 for teens (13-18) and $1 for children (4-12).

Photo by Stephanie Stuckey
Photo by Stephanie Stuckey

The ins and outs of student loans

By Stephanie Stuckey, Staff Reporter

There are currently five different loans available to students and their parents, said Lee Carrillo, senior director of Financial Aid & Scholarship Services at CNM.

They are the Subsidized Stafford Loan, the Unsubsidized Stafford Load, the Federal Perkins, the Federal Parent Loans for Undergrads (PLUS), and the Nursing Student Loan-for-Service, he said.

The requirements to receive a student loan, are that a person must be enrolled in 6 credit hours; congress establishes loan limits that may be prorated depending on your student classification, Carrillo said.

If a student is a first time borrower, they will need to complete the entrance counseling session, which is in person, he said.

The entrance counseling session is about 30 minutes to an hour long and students can expect to learn the do’s and do not’s of borrowing, as well as “the good, the bad, and the ugly” of the student loan process, he said.

First time borrowers are also required to sign a master promissory note, which is a document containing a written promise to pay a stated sum to a specified person or agency at a specified date or on demand.

When a student signs a promissory note, they are agreeing to repay the loan according to the terms of the note; this note is a binding legal document.

Carrillo said that the counseling sessions are offered at Main Campus, Montoya Campus, and the West Side Campus.

Carrillo said students are discouraged to borrow money, unless absolutely necessary because the cost to attend CNM is so low.

Students need to keep in mind student loans should not be expected to supplement total income, he said.

If students do decide that they are going to get a student loan, the two most common are the Subsidized Stafford Loan and the Unsubsidized Loan, he said.

The difference between the two loans is that with the Subsidized Loan, the government will pay the interest on the loan as long as the student is enrolled in 6 credit hours or more.

The Unsubsidized Loan requires the student to pay the interest on the loan monthly or the loan will begin to accrue interest monthly, Carrillo said.

According to the, under financial aid the Federal Perkins Loan is available who are in the medical or educational field, the maximum annual award is limited to $2,000 per student, and is based on available funds.

The Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS), is a loan specifically for the parents of dependent students and is meant to help parents pay for their children’s education per the CNM website.

There is also a loan available to nursing students only, it is the Nursing Student Loan-for-Service Loan.

The purpose of this loan is to increase the number of nurses in under-served rural areas in New Mexico.

Students need to keep in mind that they are borrowing money against future income and there are certain responsibilities that the students must adhere to, Carrillo said.

A student who takes out a student loan must repay the loan even if they do not complete their education, Carrillo said.

Repayment on loans begins 6 months after graduation or if the student drops below 6 credit hours and does not return to school, payment will be expected on the first day of the sixth month, he said.

Ramifications of not paying back student loans are that it will reflect badly on credit reports and wage garnishment can and will happen, Carrillo said.

According to Carrillo, wage garnishment is different than auto-pay in that the student is forced to make payments directly from their check.

Auto-pay is when the student willingly makes arrangements with the student loan servicing agency to take payments directly from the student’s bank account.

There are a few different payment options available to students if their payment is too high, Carrillo said:

-the basic set amount payment per month

-the graduated payment, which starts out low, then gradually gets higher each year

-the debt to income ratio, which is based on income earned and actual take home pay; this

can be as low as $25/month.

However, if a student falls into the lower payment bracket, they could possibly be paying back the student loan for a long time and interest accrues at a high rate due to not paying off any of the principle amount, Carrillo said.

At the entrance counseling, students will receive a list of twelve different loan servicing agencies that will be servicing their loans, he said.

Students are often unaware that these agencies are who they need to make their payments to and the loan statements get mixed-up with junk mail or thrown away, so it is very important for the student to be aware, pay attention, and follow through, he said.

“The out of sight, out of mind philosophy will not work with students loans, they will catch-up with you,” Carrillo stated.

Students will be discouraged from borrowing at CNM because they should really hold off on student loans until transferring to a four year institution because that is where they will really need it, he said.

Exit counseling is also available to students upon graduation as well, he said.

At exit counseling, students will be informed of what can be expected from them, in terms of their student loans after graduating, he said.

Student loan information can be found at under student resources.

Under student resources, select financial aid, and to the left of that page, select loans.

The CNM website is a great reference tool and students can access the information at any time, Carrillo said.

Changes are coming in Fall 2015 | CNM classes set to transition to a new finals week schedule

By Whitney Oliphant, Copy Editor/Staff Reporter

Beginning Fall of 2015 all CNM schools will switch to have 15- week spring and 15- week summer terms, according to Vice President of Academic Affaires Sydney Gunthorpe.

The change will eliminate the 16th week in the School of Communication, Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) and the School of Math, Science, and Engineering (MSE), he said.

The 16th week in these two schools was used to administer finals in the past, he said.

The other four schools of CNM; School of Adult and General Education, School of Applied Technologies, School of Business and Information Technology, and the School of Health, Wellness and Public Safety have always been 15 weeks and never had a so called finals week, he said.

With the new change all three terms which include; Fall, Spring and Summer, will have finals administered on the last day of class Gunthorpe said.

This will eliminate the need for the 16th week and create a shorter term, he said.

The decision to make the change was made by a scheduling committee several years ago after they spent months studying the situation and they determined that it would be best to have consistency throughout the whole year, he said.

Having a consistent beginning and end date for all courses makes it easier for students to balance their work, school and home life, Gunthorpe said.

“We’ve heard concerns from students who had to adjust their work and personal lives to meet the finals week schedule. We are hoping this change improves their ability to balance all the challenges to their lives,” he said.

If students have any questions regarding the changes being made they can call CNM at 505-224-3000.

Parking Purgatory | Parking changes set for Fall 2015 at CNM

By Whitney Oliphant, Copy Editor/Staff Reporter

There will be a few changes to parking for CNM students come the fall semester, said Nicolas Aragon, CNM parking services manager.

The first major change to occur is that the well-known free SSC/MS parking lot that is located west of the SSC and MS buildings will become paid parking, he said The lower section of SSC/MS and the upper SSC section will be a combined paid lot and students will need to buy an SSC permit in order to park there, he said.

Students can purchase paid parking permits at the Cashier’s Office he said.

“If you wish to park in this paid lot you will need to buy a SSC permit and citations will be issued starting the first day of class in all paid lots,” Aragon said.

There will be no grace period for citations at the paid parking lots, he said.

The general parking lots for the coming fall semester will be the SB1, SB2, SB3, and BMX, he said.

To pick up general parking permits for the coming fall semester students need to go to the Student Activities office not the security office, he said.

The SB parking lots are all located west of University Blvd between the SB and RPM buildings, according to CNM.

The BMX parking lot that is located east of the Isotopes baseball park and is accessible from Avenida Cesar Chavez, Aragon said.

In the instance that there is not enough parking, the overflow lot for general parking will be the UNM stadium west lot which is located to the west side of the UNM football stadium, he said.

There is a grace period during open registration and the first two weeks of the term that citations will not be issued in the general parking lots only, he said.

Students who are wondering about the SB construction affecting parking for the fall term should know that construction on the SB building will not be starting until December of 2015.

The construction should not affect parking for the fall term, he said.

“I am working on a solution that will ensure CNM students will have a place to park that is safe and secure during this construction starting in December 2015,” he said.

Students should be aware that when they pick up their general parking permits they are to be placed in a different location than before, said CNM parking services.

The permits will now be placed on the inside of the car, they said.

There is a typo on the back of the general permits that say to place the permit on the upper left driver side corner of the vehicles interior windshield, he said.

The location that the 2015/2016 CNM general parking permit is to be placed is on the lower left driver side corner of the vehicle’s interior windshield, he said.

“This is a different kind of permit than we are used to, you no longer have to put unwanted stickers on the rear of your vehicle,” Aragon said.

This new cling general parking permit will expire August 14th, 2016 and is kept inside the vehicle, he said.

“As long as the permit is visible in either the upper left driver side corner or the lower left driver side corner of the interior windshield it will be accepted,” Aragon said.

Paid parking permits will be available online for students starting August 10th, 2015, he said.

The paid parking permits can be ordered online through myCNM and can then be picked up at the Cashier’s Office, he said.

To purchase a paid parking permit in person students should go to the Cashier’s Office, he said.

“The paid lots are never oversold and individuals on the waitlist will be contacted only if lot capacity allows for additional permits to be sold,” Aragon said.

Visitors to CNM are expected to park in the parking meter spaces, or in any general parking lot during open registration, he said.

After open registration is over and classes have started visitors will need to obtain an E-permit or day pass in order to park in general parking spaces without citations.

To obtain an E-permit visitors can go online to and under parking services there is an option for visitors to select E-permit.

If visitors would like to obtain a day pass in person they can visit the Student Activities Office, SSC Welcome Desk, or the security office in the PS building, Aragon said.

“Parking Services cares about your education and safety, and with new management we are working very hard to ensure our visitors and new students have a good experience when coming to campus,” he said.

For more information regarding parking, students and visitors can call parking services at 505-224-4637.

For more information on purchasing paid permits, students can call the Cashier’s Office at 505-224-3471.

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River Xchange | Rio Grande program educates local youth about water quality

By Stephanie Stuckey, Staff Reporter

The RiverXchange program is a year-long program that educates fifth graders in the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho Public School districts about water related issues and topics, said CNM instructor Amy White.

Classes participating in the RiverXchange, will have guest speakers attend their classes from different agencies such as the Storm Water Agency, 4-H, and the Water Utility Authority, she said.

Topics including water pollution, agriculture and agricultural usage of water, drinking water, sewage, and storm water are the topics being presented by these outside agencies, she said.

These are real water professionals interacting with students and answering important water related questions, she said.

RiverXchange also takes the students on a field trip to the Rio Grande River, she said.

At the river, the students are helping the ecosystem by planting trees and shrubs, including cottonwood and willow poles, as well as native wetland plants, White said.

Students also have the opportunity to incorporate geography when participating in RiverXchange, she said.

The students are partnered with a high-tech pen pal, she said.

An exchange of information regarding where the students are located in the United States in relation to their watershed happens, she said.

The students then ask questions of their pen pals such as: Does it snow where you live? How much precipitation do you get? and What is the name of your river?, White said.

RiverXchange is funded by The Mid Rio Grande Storm Water Quality Team which provides more than half of the program’s funding, she said.

This is a group of agencies that put money together to fund outreach programs about water related issues, she said.

The other portion comes from the Southern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (SSCAFCA), White said.

SSCAFCA is one entity; a government organization responsible for flood control in the arroyos of Rio Rancho and Corrales, she said.

RiverXchange has a mandate to do outreach because storm water from the watershed is and has carried pollution to the river, she said.

The water quality team of SSCAFCA has a mandate to keep Albuquerque’s storm water clean and the only way to do that is through education, she said.

Most people are unaware of the watershed and the pollution that can get into the water through runoff, she said.

Teaching kids about how these water topics are all connected is extremely important, she said.

“Through education, we can make a difference for future generations,” she said.

White encourages students to think about and explore careers in environmental education, wildlife biology, and civil engineering.

All of these areas have great opportunities that people are not aware of, she said.

It all starts with education; biologists are needed for research and civil engineers create the infrastructures that keep the cities going such as roads and storm water drainage systems, she said.

The RiverXchange program was started in 2007 by Amy White.

White initially started out by coordinating a water festival for fourth graders that happened one day out of the school year, she said.

However, about a month after the festival, she would visit the classrooms and notice the students were not retaining much of the information, she said.

That is when the idea came to her to start RiverXchange she said.

The program switched to fifth grade because water education fit the standards for common core better for fifth grade than it did for fourth grade, she said.

Because RiverXchange is a year-long program, the students are reviewing and revisiting previously studied water topics, so the chance of the retention of information is greater, she said.

By the end of the year, the students have a real comprehensive understanding of how all these water issues and topics are connected, she said.

RiverXchange helps ensure teachers are utilizing the resources available to them regarding water related topics without making it a difficult process, she said.

Fifth grade teachers who want to participate in or have more questions about RiverXchange can visit their website at, email Amy White at amy@riverxchange or call (505) 225-RIVR.

Did you know? CNM has Kickstarter workshops

By Whitney Oliphant, Staff Reporter

Students who are looking for a way to help manage their time, deal with test anxiety, or who need advice for taking better notes can check out the CNM free online Kick Start workshops, according to

The workshops are an online resources that was created by a few of the CNM achievement coaches and by members of the CNM media production services, said Shelby Villegas, program coordinator at CNM Connect.

To access the Kick Start workshops students can visit, she said.

“It gives a chance for the student to be proactive and it makes it easier to do that because it’s more accessible,” Villegas said.

There are five different workshops that are available to students that include time management, test anxiety, learning styles, note-taking, and study skills/test-taking skills according to

The time management workshop offers a survey for students to fill out that will help to calculate where students are spending their time during the week.

There is also a study hour formula that will show students how much time should be spent on studying based on the amount of credit hours the student takes according to the time management workshop.

Test anxiety is a worry or fear caused by having to take tests and can cause both physical and mental symptoms, according to

Students are able to take a test anxiety questionnaire through the test anxiety kick start workshop that will help students determine if test anxiety is something that they could be experiencing.

The test anxiety workshop also has a list of strategies that students can use to help them with the anxiety before taking a test, according to

Learning styles is another Kick Start workshop that is available.

The Learning styles workshop can help students to better understand how they learn best.

There is another questionnaire available in the workshop that students can fill out to assess what learning style works best for them.

The workshop also provides students tips on each learning style so they can take the information they have been given and apply it to their educational process, according to

Students who are looking for tips on taking better notes can check out the CNM note-taking workshop.

The workshop follows the learning styles workshop and can help students determine the best way to take notes for their previously calculated learning style.

Kick Start workshops were formally called Academic Excellence and were originally set up as in-person sessions that were available to students but with the variety of students schedules it was difficult to set up a time where everyone could attend, Villegas said.

That is when the achievement coaches decided to set these workshops up online, she said.

The achievement coaches noticed that students were coming in looking for help and improvement in a lot of the same areas as other students but they all had different schedules that made attending an in person workshop difficult, she said.

So they decided to make the Kick Start workshops online so that students could have easier access to the information that would have been provided in the in person workshop, she said.

The workshops are set up so that students can work through them at their own pace and each one is set up so that a student can chose how fast or slow they would like to absorb the information that is provided, she said.

Students are able to start the workshop and if something comes up they can pause it and come back to it at a different time, she said.

“It’s a great starting point and wonderful opportunity for the students”, Villegas said.

CNM students who are looking for more one on one time or those who would like to have more information can contact the CNM achievement coaches and set up appointments to speak with them in person, she said.

The achievement coaches are there to try and help students while assisting them on their educational journeys, she said.

The Kick Start workshops can be accessed off of any internet connected device but the workshops perform better with the use of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, Villegas said.

To take any of the Kick Start workshops students can go to and if students have any questions or would like more information they can call 505-244-3186.

Poetry Contest Winners

The CNM Chronicle is pleased to present the winner and honorable mentions of the student poetry contest that was held from June 23 through July 17, 2015.

First place

  • Dream Voices

 By Kelly McCall
In my dreams I see few things

that can ever be explained.

In my thoughts I’ve learned to deal,

with all that once remained.

In my dreams I hear voices

that sometimes causes alarm.

But in those dreams I appear

to end up on some strange farm.

I awake to find myself

walking right into the door.

Bouncing back I hear a thump.

It’s just me hitting the floor.

Seeing birds I drift asleep

to find myself wondering.

Floating ‘round marshmallow fields

that seem to be thundering.

Music plays, I dance the waltz

with a stranger at my side.

It’s hard to move to the tune

‘cause our feet are jointly tied.

Realizing it’s my alarm

that’s causing this strange image.

I get up, off my bed

and head off to my scrimmage.

Honorable Mentions:

  • The Hypocrite

By Anthony Garcia
In time forgotten is despair

The memory of a man,

taught to realize all is fair.

His life lived as a fool,

But remembered as a man who,

Tried his hardest to stay clean and cool.

Took time to teach the dangers of drugs and liquor,

While living with the effects that caused pain and bicker.

He preached to his listeners, do not do the same

Or feel its humility and shame.

Life treated him rough and unfair

He lived with love and care.

Life gracefully flowed with ease and humble.

Desires crushed needs and served up his demise

Heavy weight forced his crumble.

With each fall, he rose and started over

Repeated cycle over with no change.

Work and fight in attempt to push forward

Only to cheat death and keep the end in range.

His story reminds of pain and suffering

Takes its toll by whom he is remembered.

Those who listened fought and taught

The ideas and love he carried.

Heroic was his brilliant triumph of his soul

Defeated and fearless ever did it grow

Dazzling and glorious his concentration of courage.

His strong heart consumed by untamed rage

Peacefully he rests beside his spirit

One he let slip at young age.

A hypocrite he was called

One who lived opposite he preached

Though a hero to lives he touched.

Over time tears had shed

Only to be covered by happiness he spread.

His memory lives in those hearts

Remembered a tale that is sleeping and not dead.

  • How to let them know…

By Anthony Garcia
How do you show that forever, you will be there

As their voice fills the air like the humming of a beautiful bird

How do you let someone know how you feel?

Choosing the right words to show you care

Maybe it’s telling them the beauty they hold

Is like a candle, whose flame burns

With a pain so good, you feel it everywhere

Or maybe it’s telling them their eyes glisten

So much the room lights up so bright

And their smile makes you stop and listen

Maybe it’s simply telling them you will care

As long as they extend their heart

And let you take them as your queen

With every fiber of your being

  • Nothing Left

By Katrina Keller

One night it all
came back,

The memories attacked

All the feeling
rushing back

Fight it I must

(But that it’s not my way)

So instead

On with the mask

To hide the feelings that
I am being attacked by

Not wanting to be asked


Not wanting to answer

All the questions that

Will becoming

I hide everything inside

Burring all the feelings

Far away that they will

(Never ever come back)

In the darkness

And way it goes

Little do you know,

That day by day

All of the feelings starts

Eating me up

The inside out

Until there is
nothing left

Of me

Expected a person
who knows


What to feel

And how to act

That will be me


Nothing left

Eco-friendly HAVC systems at CNM

By Stephanie Stuckey, Staff Reporter

When a new building is going to be constructed or plans for major renovations are being made, upgrading the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are always a priority, said Brad Moore, director of C & M Relations.

The HVAC systems have been upgraded during the recent renovations of the JS Building and the H Building at Main Campus, the Tom Wiley Hall on Montoya Campus, and the Advanced Technology Center, he said.

New energy-efficient HVAC systems have also been installed in the L Building, which is currently being renovated and due to open mid-August, he said.

According to Moore, Smith Brasher Hall (SB) will undergo a major renovation and also include new energy-efficient HVAC systems.

A geothermal well underneath the parking lot at SB will be used to heat and cool the building, Moore said.

SB will be the first building at CNM that will not use natural gas, he said.

CNM also recently received funding from the state to begin upgrades to the HVAC system in Max Salazar Hall (MS), he said.

Two new boilers and two new chillers will be installed as the first phase of the HVAC upgrades to MS, he said.

Main Campus requires the most energy of all the CNM campuses, using about 300 kilowatts per square foot, he said.

Currently, the oldest HVAC systems on Main Campus are in the MS Building and the W Building and they likely date back to the 1970s, he said.

The Rio Rancho Campus and the Westside Campus will undergo similar renovations to maintain the heating and cooling of certain buildings as well, Moore said.

The CNM Sustainability Task Team, which includes employees from the CNM Facilities Department and representatives from around the college, are the people responsible for deciding what the temperatures in the buildings at CNM are set at, he said.

The thermostat in CNM buildings are set between 68 and 70 degrees by the Facilities Department at CNM, he said.

Since the late 1990s, CNM has continuously strived to replace old, less efficient HVAC systems with more eco-friendly and energy efficient systems whenever opportunities arise through renovation projects, Moore said.

In 2008, CNM made a commitment to design all new buildings and all major renovation projects to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification which requires highly energy efficient mechanical systems, he said.

CNM has earned LEED certification on seven buildings since 2008, he said.

“CNM’s overarching sustainability goal is to reduce waste, water use, energy use, and carbon emissions while educating and informing the CNM community about sustainable practices,” he said.

CNM is preparing to seek a contractor that will help the college educate the CNM community about individual behaviors that can collectively contribute to energy savings and more eco-friendly practices, he said.