The City of Albuquerque (pop. approximately 500,000) is the largest city in the State of New Mexico, recently ranked as the 33rd-largest city and 61st-largest metropolitan area in the U.S. Albuquerque is home to the University of New Mexico (UNM) and Kirtland Air Force Base as well as Sandia National Laboratories and Petroglyph National Monument. The Sandia Mountains run along the eastern side of Albuquerque and the Rio Grande flows through the city north to south.
Since 2003, Albuquerque has spawned and participated in several notable “green” initiatives, notably the 2030 Challenge sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 2006, which seeks to achieve “carbon neutrality” for all construction projects by the year 2030, cutting heating, cooling and maintenance costs for buildings by as much as fifty percent. More information about Albuquerque and sustainability can be found on the “Albuquerque Green” portion of the City’s web site.