The First Growth of the Season: Learning to Begin Again – Javier M Carrasco

My name is Javier M Carrasco and I am doing my Sustainability 499 project on developing a school garden and curriculum which incorporates Sustainability, Environmental Racism, and Colonialism. I am currently in the process of doing this at Kirtland Elementary school, a school situated near Kirtland Air Force Base and right down the road from the International District in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Along with the topics previously stated, my project also seeks to provide a space where students can practice hands-on science and learn about various types of fruits and vegetables my growing them themselves. As a school that serves both low-income and military children, the ultimate goal of my project is to develop critical thinking skills in the youth. This will ultimately result in critical questions being asked about their neighborhoods, their diets, their education, and the multitude of disparities these students are exposed to but may not have the tools to recognize.



Source for picture:

Morland, Kimberly, and Susan Filomena. “Disparities in the Availability of Fruits and Vegetables between Racially Segregated Urban Neighbourhoods.” Public Health Nutrition 10.12 (2007): 1481-489. Web.

The Myco-Planning Network – Higinio Martinez

The Myco-Planning Network


The Myco-Planning Network is a project aimed towards exploring the use of biological systems for new innovation and development. Specifically, we seek to bring light to the social injustice and food poverty that affects New Mexico based off they current food system. Fungal mycelium growth will be used as a model for mapping out resource distribution by manipulating parameters within experimentation to represent food insecurity in the state. This concept and results will be displayed in and interactive art installation which is being displayed at the Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe. We hope that this project generates further conversation and research that can contribute to this new approach to biomimicry.

By: Higinio Martinez

Concept and Design: Amy Pilling and Stephanie Rothenberg

Accessibility Project – Taylor Small


The Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted in 1990 to ensure that there is equal opportunity and no discrimination towards those with disabilities in the built environment. In many cases, parts of the built environment that were designed and constructed before it was enacted were not equipped to properly serve the disabled community. Instead, sometimes dysfunctional, but to code, retrofitting has been installed in order to meet legal requirements. Unfortunately for the population that relies on ADA every day, these quick fixes are not acceptable. If not educated, individuals often have lower skill sets which in turn reduces their chances of employment. This results in lower incomes across the board. An intimidating or uninviting campus experience for the disabled community becomes deterrent from higher education and personal skill improvement. This is socially unjust and by definition cannot be sustainable. In this project, I have taken a deeper, first-hand look into the poor circulation and functionality of accessibility on the University of New Mexico campus. By touring campus with a friend and mentor who relies on the use of wheelchair accessibility, I have created a new map that both highlights the problems our campus has and serves as a more up to date, honest version of the current (from 2009) map that the Accessibility Resource Center has published. This map has been proposed to the creators of previous versions, as well as university stakeholders to show the potential that our campus has to become a more welcoming, and universally designed place for the disabled community to gain a quality education.