View from the Rio Grande to the Sandia Mountains.
Albuquerque Cityscape View from the Rio Grande to the Sandia Mountains. © Marble Street Studios, FreeABQImages

Stories in New Mexico

Nature in the City

Helping to create a more sustainable Albuquerque.

Albuquerque is a city set in nature. Imagine now if that natural linkage was deliberate and interwoven with the city’s social and economic fabric. 

Today 600,000 people call the city home. According the U.S. Census Bureau, it’s the sixth fastest growing mid-size city in the country (2014).

WHAT’S THE PROBLEM? 

As urban areas grow, there’s an increasing disconnect between people and surrounding natural areas. That’s why The Nature Conservancy is working to fundamentally change the relationship between cities and nature so that both can thrive. 

In New Mexico, we’re getting started by launching an urban program in Albuquerque. “We want people to understand that sustainability of healthy cities is inextricably linked to a healthy environment,” says Sarah Hurteau, the Conservancy’s new Albuquerque urban program director.  

We want people to understand that sustainability of healthy cities is inextricably linked to a healthy environment.

Albuquerque Urban Conservation Director