President's Report - June 2011

Jun 01, 2011

CNM Rio Rancho Campus Earns Gold Standard for Green Design

The CNM Rio Rancho Campus building recently became the largest higher education building in the state to earn the Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council and its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. The LEED rating system is considered the national benchmark rating system for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. The 62,000-square foot building opened for classes in August 2010 in the Rio Rancho City Center. Geothermal wells under the building provide the majority of the energy for the heating and cooling systems. The groundwater that is drawn from 300-foot depths consistently stays at a temperature of 68 degrees, helping to cool the building in the summer and heat it in the winter. There is also abundant natural lighting in the building. Natural daylight provides 75 percent of the building with effective lighting during daytime hours. These measures and others have reduced energy consumption by 48.2 percent compared with a standard building. Low-flow water systems have reduced water consumption by 49 percent compared with a standard building. The project also received LEED points for a variety of other features. Twenty-four percent of the building’s materials were manufactured using recycled material. The project also received points for using regional materials that were manufactured within 500 miles of the site. The paints, adhesives and sealants in the building contain low to no chemical emissions. Water-efficient landscaping, unobstructed outdoor views from the building’s interior and a comprehensive waste management program that diverted 90 percent of the construction waste from landfills also earned LEED points. During the recently concluded spring term, 1,347 students attended classes at the CNM Rio Rancho Campus.

Library Director Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

CNM Director of Library and Educational Resources Ben Wakashige was recently awarded with a lifetime achievement award from the New Mexico Library Association. The Honorary Lifetime Membership Award is the "NMLA's highest award and is given to an individual for outstanding contributions to the purposes of NMLA and/or libraries in New Mexico,” according to the NMLA. Wakashige has been the Director of Library and Educational Resources at CNM since July 2010. He has directed a variety of libraries, including those at Zuni High School, the University of Albuquerque, Albuquerque Academy, Western New Mexico University, the New Mexico State Library and National American University. Wakashige has served on boards for local public library and literacy programs and served on the Board of Amigos Library Services for six years both as vice chair and chair.

CNM Sets Summer Term Enrollment Record

More than 19,600 students are enrolled in CNM classes this summer term, which is a new all-time high for summer term enrollment at CNM. The previous high was 18,812 in summer 2010. CNM set an all-time record for enrollment in any term with 29,948 students in the 2010 fall term.

New Recycling Contract Reduces Waste, Increases Natural Resources Saved

In November 2010, CNM super-sized its recycling efforts when it signed a contract with Waste Management of New Mexico, Inc., which led to the landing of dumpsters on all CNM campuses that collect nothing but recycled materials. The new contract also expanded the materials that could be recycled at CNM to include all fiber-based materials – from cardboard to posters to phone books to magazines and everything in between. The contract with Waste Management also includes the recycling of metal, plastics and aluminum. So far, the new recycling program has led to 232 tons of cardboard and paper, 11 tons of metal, 11 tons of plastic and five tons of aluminum being recycled. Waste Management of New Mexico estimates that CNM’s recycling efforts to date will save the following resources that are needed in the manufacturing of new products: 2,786 mature trees, an amount of timber that would produce 34.5 million sheets of newspaper; 1.625 million gallons of water, enough fresh water to meet the daily fresh water needs of more than 21,667 people; 558 barrels of oil, which provides enough energy to heat and cool at least 116 homes for a year; 937 cubic yards of landfill space, which represents enough space to fulfill municipal waste disposal needs for 1,202 people for a year; 1 million kilowatt hours of electricity, which is enough power to meet the annual electricity needs of at least 115 homes. Through the new program, CNM is diverting 47 percent of its waste from landfills.

CNM Celebrates GED Grads

On June 18 at 10 a.m. at UNM’s Popejoy Hall, CNM will host its annual GED Graduation Ceremony. More than 270 students will celebrate their life-changing achievement and don caps and gowns for the ceremony, which is always an inspirational event. Many continue on at CNM to pursue degrees or certificates.

Tax Help New Mexico Files Another Impressive Season

CNM's Tax Help New Mexico program recently filed its final returns from the 2011 tax season. Tax Help, which provides free tax preparation services for New Mexico households that earned less than $50,000 or those over age 65, generated more than $21.7 million in tax refunds this tax season and saved taxpayers an estimated $3.7 million in tax preparation fees. Tax Help served 22,094 clients at 30 sites statewide.

Donations Continue

CNM is grateful for the following donations to the CNM Foundation:

  • $1,000 from Robert Wertheim for the Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund
  • $15,000 from Bank of America for Changing Lives, Building Community Fund
  • $10,000 from Citi for the Gorham Financial Literacy Project
  • $1,000 from Clear Channel Worldwide for Local Bond Solicitation for Education Fund
  • $5,000 from Emcore for Local Bond Solicitation for Education Fund
  • $1,000 from Penelope Holbrook for CNM Annual Fund
  • $1,282,722 from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for CNM Connect
  • $35,000 from McCune Charitable Foundation for Changing Lives, Building Community Fund
  • $10,000 from N.M. Educators Federal Credit Union for CNM Annual Fund
  • $10,000 from PNM for Adult Basic Education General Fund
  • $50 from Sharla Reinhart for CNM Annual Fund


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd