For the 9th straight summer, 12 students from Dartmouth College are traveling across the nation in a biodiesel-powered Big Green Bus. An entirely student-run environmental advocacy group, the Bus stops in locations across the country to host events focused on facilitating discussion, sharing stories, and learning about sustainability.
The Big Green Bus will be in Las Cruces on Wednesday, July 17, for an event at the Southwest Environmental Center at 6 pm to join the community in a discussion about the future of the grasslands and wildlife of New Mexico’s Otero Mesa, and other important regional issues.
The event will feature brief presentations by about why Otero Mesa is such a unique and special place biologically, its historic and current importance to the Mescalero Apaches, and how it is threatened and what individuals can do to protect it. Confirmed speakers include: Steve West, a biologist with the NM Wilderness Alliance; Styve Homnick, with Otero County Citizens for Otero Mesa; and Kevin Bixby, Executive Director of the SWEC. An informal discussion of Otero Mesa and other topics will follow, with everyone invited to participate, and with students from the Big Green Bus sharing the stories they’ve heard in other stops along their tour.
Everybody is invited to this free event. Doors open at 6 pm, with light refreshments served, followed by presentations and discussion beginning at 6:30pm. For more information, call 575-522-5552. The Southwest Environmental Center works to protect and restore native wildlife and their habitats in the southwestern borderlands through advocacy, education and on-the-ground restoration projects.