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New Mexico

Charter schools in New Mexico are authorized by a local school board or the Public Education Commission to provide an alternative educational setting to parents and students in the public school system. Prospects are bright for the growth of green charter schools in New Mexico. There are several active environmental education organizations, including a unique group of young people that is interested and engaged in schooling for sustainability. Youth Allies for Sustainability was created in 2006 to provide opportunities for youth to discover their voices, act on their convictions for a more just and sustainable world, and realize their full potential as stewards of the earth. The program brings together a diverse group of youth to explore environmental and social issues; train in leadership, sustainability, and cultural competency; and become active and engaged members of the community. Youth Allies is a partnership with the Santa Fe Mountain Center's Emergence Department.  


Aldo Leopold High School

Rio Gallinas School of Ecology and Arts

Roots and Wings Community School 




  • New Mexico Coalition for Charter Schools
  • New Mexico Public Education Department
  • National Alliance for Public Charter Schools 
  • National Association of Charter School Authorizers 
  • US Charter Schools 
  • Center for Education Reform
  • U.S. Department of Education    


  • Environmental Education Association of New Mexico
  • Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program
  • Center for Ecoliteracy
  • Cloud Institute – Sustainability Institute
  • EcoWiser of New Mexico
  • Living Education
  • Earth Care International



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