The People Behind CSCNM

Without the help of the people below, and all the others working behind the scenes, CSCNM could not have come into being.

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Beth Beloff

Founder & Executive Director

Beth’s professional goal is to incite sustainability in corporate and municipal strategy development, education and decision-making, a goal that she has pursued for close to 30 years.

Since 2015 she has served as Chair of the Santa Fe Sustainability Commission, leading the development of a 25-year carbon neutrality and sustainability plan for Santa Fe, which was adopted by the City in November, 2018. Beth served on Governor Lujan Grisham’s Transition Team for the Environment, and also served on Santa Fe Mayor Webber’s Advancing Sustainability Working Group. She was a Delegate for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers to the Rio+20 UN Conference in 2012, representing all US engineering societies, and was a delegate representing Santa Fe at the 2017 Bilateral Climate Summit of Mayors in Beijing and the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco.

Beth was Founder and President of the non-profit think tank, BRIDGES to Sustainability, from its inception in 1997 until 2014; it was one of the early organizations focused on sustainability and focused on moving from sustainability strategy to practice. Prior to BRIDGES, from 1991 until 1997, Beth founded and directed the Institute for Corporate Environmental Management (ICEM) in the business school at the University of Houston.

Beth serves on the boards of the Santa Fe Community Foundation, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Performance Santa Fe and Performance Santa Fe Foundation. She was appointed in September 2017 by DOE to the Northern New Mexico Citizens Advisory Board regarding LANL nuclear and chemical waste cleanup activities, and is on the Advisory Council of New Energy Economy.

Beth has a BA from University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Architecture degree from UCLA, and an MBA from the University of Houston.

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Gary Payton

Research & Technical Advisor

Born and raised in Independence, Missouri near the head of the Santa Fe Trail, Gary now lives this phase of life near trail’s end of that famous route. His passion today is climate action: the personal, organizational, governmental actions to push back against the on-rush of climate change.  Long an explorer, hiker, and conservationist, it was Bill McKibben (the co-founder of 350.org) and his “Do the Math” tour of 2012 that strengthened Gary’s resolve to act. In 2013, he was the Idaho Ambassador to “50 States for Healthy Air,” a citizen lobbying event in Washington, DC organized by Earth Justice, the National Council of Churches, the NAACP, and others.  Mid-decade, Gary devoted his energy to blocking construction of coal export terminals in port cities of the Pacific Northwest. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Idaho Conservation League’s highest award for environmental activism. Then, as an official “Observer” at the COP21/UN Climate Conference, he reported on and gave public presentations on the landmark Paris Agreement process and implications. 

Now a citizen of New Mexico, he volunteers with the Coalition of Sustainable Communities NM to strengthen the voices of the elected leaders of the state’s cities, counties, Native American pueblos, nations, and tribes.  These are the voices calling for expanded renewable energy, sustainable practices, and social equity.

A veteran and retired Colonel in the US Air Force, Gary is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, Johns Hopkins University, and Georgetown University.

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Christian E. Casillas

Consultant

Christian is a consultant on energy policy, sustainable development, and education. He has lived and worked in countries around the globe, focused on aspects of sustainable energy use and rural electrification for under-served communities. He has been the lead author for peer-reviewed papers in Science, Climate Policy, and Energy Policy. In the last several years his work has included: curriculum development for Santa Fe Community College’s smart grid and microgrid training program, lead author for a GHG emissions inventory for the City of Santa Fe, analysis of local photovoltaic markets, contributions to the development of Santa Fe’s 25-year sustainability plan, and an analyst for energy and water legislation in the 2019 NM legislative session.

Christian has a PhD and MS in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley, an MS in Applied Mathematics from Hopkins, and a BA in Environmental Engineering from Harvard.

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Jesse L.

Website, Communications & Outreach

Jesse has a keen interest in alternative energy and Green Building. Jesse holds a B.A. from New College of California in Culture, Ecology & Sustainable Communities and a Green Building Professionals Certificate (first graduating class) from Sonoma State University.

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Milan Lombardo

Intern

Milan finds great inspiration discovering and then implementing sustainable alternatives in our society. One of Milan’s passions is helping businesses and citizens to change their habits to become more environmentally responsible. He recently got his high school to commit to biodegradable and environmentally friendly cutlery and tableware. He led his high school's environmental club from 2018 to 2020, has written op-ed articles regarding climate issues that have been published in the Santa Fe New Mexican, has given speeches at climate strikes, and has helped represent Santa Fe’s Sunrise Movement.

Milan is planning to pursue an education centered around public policy and environmental studies.