The People Behind CSCNM

Creating a coalition is no easy task! 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 Beloff’s professional goal is to incite sustainability in corporate and municipal strategy development, education and everyday personal and professional 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 (SSFC), tasked with development of a 25-year carbon neutral plan, as well as a comprehensive sustainability plan for Santa Fe. The Sustainability Plan was adopted by the City in November, 2018. Following a strategy recommendation of the SSFC, she established and is Executive Director of a coalition of elected community leaders in New Mexico, Coalition of Sustainable Communities New Mexico, to advocate for legislation, regulations, and administrative actions at the state level to support climate actions and more broadly sustainability for cities, counties and Native American communities. The Coalition’s first action was to draft a Community Solar Act Bill. She is serving on the Governor-elect’s Transition Team for the Environment, and she also served on Mayor Webber’s Advancing Sustainability Working Group.

She was Founder and President of the non-profit think tank, BRIDGES to Sustainability (BRIDGES), 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, Ms. Beloff founded and directed the Institute for Corporate Environmental Management (ICEM) in the business school at the University of Houston. ICEM was dedicated to integrating environmental issues into business strategy, laying the foundation for corporate sustainability programs.

She is on the boards of 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. She is on the Advisory Council of New Energy Economy. She was a Delegate for American Institute of Chemical Engineers to the Rio+20 UN Conference in 2012, representing all US engineering societies. She 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 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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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.