Since 1994 the city of Albuquerque, N.M. has been working on ways to achieve a sustainable future in the Rio Grande Valley. There are many different initiatives being implemented to help achieve the city's various sustainability goals.
A top priority has been ensuring the city has a sustainable water supply. To that end, Albuquerque has worked to reduce public housing water consumption. The Family and Community Services department entered into an innovative contract with Citizens Conservation Services, a national energy service provider, which estimated an annual water reduction potential of 24% after completion of improvements identified in their energy audit.
As Albuquerque strives to reduce water use and convert to a natural landscape, many park sites will be improved while conserving valuable resources and reducing maintenance needs. Since the mid 1980's, The Parks Department has reduced total water use while adding many new parks. Also the use of recycled water has greatly helped the city achieve its goals. The Rio Grande Zoo exhibits use recycled water.
Albuquerque is working hard to be green in many other ways. These include initiatives for green buildings, reducing energy consumption and emissions, improving forestry methods and agriculture, new public transportation options, land use, recycling and waste reduction, as well as education and outreach of different methods to the community.