City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department

City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department The mission of the Environmental Health Department is to responsively and professionally serve the people of Albuquerque by promoting and protecting public health, by preventing disease, and by preserving the integrity and quality of our environment.

Operating as usual

12/28/2021

Happening tomorrow! Free COVID-19 and flu shot clinics with ABQ Department of Senior Affairs.

No appointment needed, available for all eligible ages for flu and COVID vaccines. Remember to wear a short sleeved shirt and a mask.

➡️ North Domingo Baca Multi-Gen Center, 9am-12pm
➡️ Highland Senior Center, 1pm-4pm

Ceiling fans typically rotate counterclockwise, pushing air down & producing a slight wind chill effect, allowing you to...
12/28/2021

Ceiling fans typically rotate counterclockwise, pushing air down & producing a slight wind chill effect, allowing you to feel cooler. Turn the ceiling fan reverse switch clockwise in winter, which will produce an updraft & move the warm air that collects near your ceiling down into the rest of the rooms in your business.

Ceiling fans typically rotate counterclockwise, pushing air down & producing a slight wind chill effect, allowing you to feel cooler. Turn the ceiling fan reverse switch clockwise in winter, which will produce an updraft & move the warm air that collects near your ceiling down into the rest of the rooms in your business.

Our #CritterOfTheWeek is the Red-eared Slider!🐢Named for the red patch on each side of the head where an ear would be, t...
12/27/2021

Our #CritterOfTheWeek is the Red-eared Slider!🐢

Named for the red patch on each side of the head where an ear would be, the Red-eared Slider can often be found swimming around or sitting on a log in places like Tingley Beach and the UNM Duckpond. You can also tell them apart from other species of turtles by the yellow stripes on their face, legs and tail. These poikilotherms, aka cold-blooded animals, are dependent on the temperature around them so they can often be seen basking in the sun on warm winter days to boost their metabolism, as they start to brumate (a type of energy conservation) at around 50F.

Red-eared Sliders are native to the Southeastern US and invasive here in New Mexico, and are now considered one of the worst invasive species worldwide. They arrived here in the pet trade, and have taken over our waterways because of irresponsible owners who released their animals when they did not want them anymore. Please do not dump unwanted animals! Contact CABQ Animal Welfare or a specialty rescue group instead.

Our #CritterOfTheWeek is the Red-eared Slider!🐢

Named for the red patch on each side of the head where an ear would be, the Red-eared Slider can often be found swimming around or sitting on a log in places like Tingley Beach and the UNM Duckpond. You can also tell them apart from other species of turtles by the yellow stripes on their face, legs and tail. These poikilotherms, aka cold-blooded animals, are dependent on the temperature around them so they can often be seen basking in the sun on warm winter days to boost their metabolism, as they start to brumate (a type of energy conservation) at around 50F.

Red-eared Sliders are native to the Southeastern US and invasive here in New Mexico, and are now considered one of the worst invasive species worldwide. They arrived here in the pet trade, and have taken over our waterways because of irresponsible owners who released their animals when they did not want them anymore. Please do not dump unwanted animals! Contact CABQ Animal Welfare or a specialty rescue group instead.

Making holiday cookies?🍪 Fully bake your dough and batter before eating for a safe and happy holiday!
12/24/2021

Making holiday cookies?🍪 Fully bake your dough and batter before eating for a safe and happy holiday!

Making holiday cookies?🍪 Fully bake your dough and batter before eating for a safe and happy holiday!

12/23/2021

Last minute gift wrapping? Choice a sustainable option and use items you already have to wrap gifts this year! We used our favorite balloon fiesta calendar 🎈📆

#Sustainability
#SustainableGifts
#HappyHolidays
#BalloonFiesta

When it comes to climate change, water and energy are intimately connected. Using more water directly impacts energy usa...
12/23/2021

When it comes to climate change, water and energy are intimately connected. Using more water directly impacts energy usage as water utilities are some of the biggest users of electricity. Using more energy means that traditional sources of energy such as coal and gas are using more water. Watering the appropriate amount for the season is important.
Learn more: https://www.505outside.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/WBTS-_all4_Final_OL_for-PRINT_7_5-x-6.pdf

When it comes to climate change, water and energy are intimately connected. Using more water directly impacts energy usage as water utilities are some of the biggest users of electricity. Using more energy means that traditional sources of energy such as coal and gas are using more water. Watering the appropriate amount for the season is important.
Learn more: https://www.505outside.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/WBTS-_all4_Final_OL_for-PRINT_7_5-x-6.pdf

12/21/2021

‘Tis the season to keep sustainability in mind! 🎁🎄 You can wrap gifts with items you already have at home instead of using wrapping paper. What other unique gift wrapping ideas have you used?
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#sustainability #SustainableGifts #ClimateAction #ReduseReuseRecycle #OneAlbuquerque

Keep the heat in by sealing leaky doors and windows. There are many ways to seal up leaks: ➡️ Install door sweeps and we...
12/21/2021

Keep the heat in by sealing leaky doors and windows. There are many ways to seal up leaks:
➡️ Install door sweeps and weatherstripping such as foam tape to close up gaps beneath doors and throughout window frames.
➡️ Use caulk to close up small air leaks in the exterior of your building.
➡️ Use spray insulation to seal larger air leaks in building.

Learn more:https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/guide_to_air_sealing.pdf

Keep the heat in by sealing leaky doors and windows. There are many ways to seal up leaks:
➡️ Install door sweeps and weatherstripping such as foam tape to close up gaps beneath doors and throughout window frames.
➡️ Use caulk to close up small air leaks in the exterior of your building.
➡️ Use spray insulation to seal larger air leaks in building.

Learn more:https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/guide_to_air_sealing.pdf

12/20/2021

Need a sustainable gift idea? Buy tickets to a local event or gift baked goods (bonus points if you thrift a casserole dish to gift it in!) ♻️

#Sustainability #HappyHolidays #SustainableGifts #Thrift

This week’s #CritterOfTheWeek is the Mule Deer!🦌🎅🏼🎄Some people will talk excitedly about the arrival of Santa and his re...
12/20/2021

This week’s #CritterOfTheWeek is the Mule Deer!🦌🎅🏼🎄

Some people will talk excitedly about the arrival of Santa and his reindeer this week, but reindeer aren’t a normal inhabitant of Albuquerque. We do, however, have Rudolph’s cousin close to home—the Mule Deer! Mule deer and Reindeer are both in the Subfamily Capreolinae, or the New World Deer. While reindeer are strictly cold weather, sub-arctic and boreal animals, the Mule Deer makes western North America home, including here in Albuquerque. Easily identified by their large, mule-like ears, adults stand around 3’ tall at the shoulder. They are speedy animals, who can move at up to 45 mph for short bursts of time.

While Mule Deer mostly inhabit the Sandias, they will occasionally take a stroll down to town, especially in the Foothills and NE Heights. Most people are surprised to see deer in the city, but they often come through in search of a snack out of people’s gardens or off their fruit trees, given that they are selective eaters—meaning that they eat plants and plant parts that are more likely to have more nutrients in them. Remember, always enjoy wildlife from a distance. 😊

#HappyHolidays #MuleDeer #Reindeer #Wildlife #Critter #UrbanBiology #Deer #OneAlbuquerque

This week’s #CritterOfTheWeek is the Mule Deer!🦌🎅🏼🎄

Some people will talk excitedly about the arrival of Santa and his reindeer this week, but reindeer aren’t a normal inhabitant of Albuquerque. We do, however, have Rudolph’s cousin close to home—the Mule Deer! Mule deer and Reindeer are both in the Subfamily Capreolinae, or the New World Deer. While reindeer are strictly cold weather, sub-arctic and boreal animals, the Mule Deer makes western North America home, including here in Albuquerque. Easily identified by their large, mule-like ears, adults stand around 3’ tall at the shoulder. They are speedy animals, who can move at up to 45 mph for short bursts of time.

While Mule Deer mostly inhabit the Sandias, they will occasionally take a stroll down to town, especially in the Foothills and NE Heights. Most people are surprised to see deer in the city, but they often come through in search of a snack out of people’s gardens or off their fruit trees, given that they are selective eaters—meaning that they eat plants and plant parts that are more likely to have more nutrients in them. Remember, always enjoy wildlife from a distance. 😊

#HappyHolidays #MuleDeer #Reindeer #Wildlife #Critter #UrbanBiology #Deer #OneAlbuquerque

Taking easy & affordable steps like replacing air filters and having regular tune ups of heating & cooling systems will ...
12/19/2021

Taking easy & affordable steps like replacing air filters and having regular tune ups of heating & cooling systems will not only save your business energy, but also provide cleaner air and uncover any problems that could be expensive or dangerous, potentially impacting your employees’ health. Set up a schedule to regularly replace filters (approximately every 3 months) and contact your HVAC rep annually for an inspection.

Taking easy & affordable steps like replacing air filters and having regular tune ups of heating & cooling systems will not only save your business energy, but also provide cleaner air and uncover any problems that could be expensive or dangerous, potentially impacting your employees’ health. Set up a schedule to regularly replace filters (approximately every 3 months) and contact your HVAC rep annually for an inspection.

Shoutout to the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls group who raised $900 to pay for the trees they planted in ...
12/17/2021

Shoutout to the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls group who raised $900 to pay for the trees they planted in City View Park! 🌲🌳🌱

#TreePlanting #Volunteers #OneAlbuquerque

Use the free energy available to your business. New Mexico has approximately 310 days of sunshine. Take advantage of the...
12/17/2021

Use the free energy available to your business. New Mexico has approximately 310 days of sunshine. Take advantage of the light and heat from the sun by opening blinds during the day 🌞

Use the free energy available to your business. New Mexico has approximately 310 days of sunshine. Take advantage of the light and heat from the sun by opening blinds during the day 🌞

Albuquerque is facing increasingly extreme climatic events, compounded by the city’s urban heat island effect. In an alr...
12/16/2021

Albuquerque is facing increasingly extreme climatic events, compounded by the city’s urban heat island effect. In an already arid environment, we urgently need creative strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Tree species selection is a critical piece of preparing for what is to come. Climate-ready tree species are those well-adapted to face both present and future climatic challenges such as heat, drought, extreme weather events, and pests and pathogens.
Pictured here is the Chinquapin Oak which is best suited for xeriscaped or low-medium irrigation areas.

Learn more about the dozens of tree species suitable for our city to combat climate change: https://zcu.io/H6kv

#TreeTakeover

Albuquerque is facing increasingly extreme climatic events, compounded by the city’s urban heat island effect. In an already arid environment, we urgently need creative strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Tree species selection is a critical piece of preparing for what is to come. Climate-ready tree species are those well-adapted to face both present and future climatic challenges such as heat, drought, extreme weather events, and pests and pathogens.
Pictured here is the Chinquapin Oak which is best suited for xeriscaped or low-medium irrigation areas.

Learn more about the dozens of tree species suitable for our city to combat climate change: https://zcu.io/H6kv

#TreeTakeover

We need your help to plant more trees! NeighborWoods provides funding, training, and consulting professionals for neighb...
12/15/2021

We need your help to plant more trees! NeighborWoods provides funding, training, and consulting professionals for neighborhood members in order to plant 100 street trees and perform tree giveaways of 100 small trees in each neighborhood! With 85% of Albuquerque’s trees located on private property and on business sites, the connection to homeowners is vital for enhancing and growing our urban forest.

ABQ NeighborWoods is a collaboration between Tree New Mexico, the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico State Forestry, Southwest Tree Specialists, local tree growers, neighborhood leaders, and local landscape architects to enhance our urban forest.

Learn more and get involved! https://zcu.io/ZxXA

#TreeTakeover

We need your help to plant more trees! NeighborWoods provides funding, training, and consulting professionals for neighborhood members in order to plant 100 street trees and perform tree giveaways of 100 small trees in each neighborhood! With 85% of Albuquerque’s trees located on private property and on business sites, the connection to homeowners is vital for enhancing and growing our urban forest.

ABQ NeighborWoods is a collaboration between Tree New Mexico, the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico State Forestry, Southwest Tree Specialists, local tree growers, neighborhood leaders, and local landscape architects to enhance our urban forest.

Learn more and get involved! https://zcu.io/ZxXA

#TreeTakeover

Wood and tile floors can feel cold in the winter. Placing rugs throughout your office can help solve that challenge and ...
12/15/2021

Wood and tile floors can feel cold in the winter. Placing rugs throughout your office can help solve that challenge and installing heavy curtains or energy efficiency-oriented blinds & shades can help insulate windows at night when your business is closed and temperatures drop.

Wood and tile floors can feel cold in the winter. Placing rugs throughout your office can help solve that challenge and installing heavy curtains or energy efficiency-oriented blinds & shades can help insulate windows at night when your business is closed and temperatures drop.

The Keller administration’s goal to plant 100,000 trees in 10 years is underway! Providing shade across the city is more...
12/14/2021

The Keller administration’s goal to plant 100,000 trees in 10 years is underway! Providing shade across the city is more important now than ever before to combat temperature changes related to the heat island effect.

In order to promote proper care in our dry climate, the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority offers “Tree-Bates” to help cover the costs of tree maintenance — and even the purchase of new trees! Maximum rebates for residential customers is $100/year or $500/year for non-residential customers.

Learn more: https://zcu.io/9fhL

#TreeTakeover

The Keller administration’s goal to plant 100,000 trees in 10 years is underway! Providing shade across the city is more important now than ever before to combat temperature changes related to the heat island effect.

In order to promote proper care in our dry climate, the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority offers “Tree-Bates” to help cover the costs of tree maintenance — and even the purchase of new trees! Maximum rebates for residential customers is $100/year or $500/year for non-residential customers.

Learn more: https://zcu.io/9fhL

#TreeTakeover

Our #CritterOfTheWeek is the Canada Goose! In the “12 Days of Christmas,” 6 geese were “a-laying”. Though they were like...
12/13/2021

Our #CritterOfTheWeek is the Canada Goose!

In the “12 Days of Christmas,” 6 geese were “a-laying”. Though they were likely referring to one of many domestic types of goose, we have a wild neighbor that has made parts of Albuquerque their permanent home. Canada Geese are easy to identify due to their near constant cacophony of noise, tall stature and long black neck and head with a white ‘chinstrap’.

Usually a migratory bird, flocks have set up permanent homes in many cities and towns in North America due to favorable conditions, plentiful food sources and lack of predators. They are so good at adapting to human-altered landscapes that they have made homes for themselves in almost all reaches of the United States and Canada. Urbanized geese become acclimated to humans and allow them to come near, but they won’t hesitate to hiss or honk to show their displeasure if you get too close.

Next time you take a trip to Tingley Beach, visit the Model Boat Pond on the North end to say hello to the group of permanent Canada Geese who call Tingley Beach home. If you feed them and their duck neighbors, please do NOT feed them bread! Feed them corn, chopped lettuce, oats, peas, birdseed or even cut up seedless grapes instead.

Our #CritterOfTheWeek is the Canada Goose!

In the “12 Days of Christmas,” 6 geese were “a-laying”. Though they were likely referring to one of many domestic types of goose, we have a wild neighbor that has made parts of Albuquerque their permanent home. Canada Geese are easy to identify due to their near constant cacophony of noise, tall stature and long black neck and head with a white ‘chinstrap’.

Usually a migratory bird, flocks have set up permanent homes in many cities and towns in North America due to favorable conditions, plentiful food sources and lack of predators. They are so good at adapting to human-altered landscapes that they have made homes for themselves in almost all reaches of the United States and Canada. Urbanized geese become acclimated to humans and allow them to come near, but they won’t hesitate to hiss or honk to show their displeasure if you get too close.

Next time you take a trip to Tingley Beach, visit the Model Boat Pond on the North end to say hello to the group of permanent Canada Geese who call Tingley Beach home. If you feed them and their duck neighbors, please do NOT feed them bread! Feed them corn, chopped lettuce, oats, peas, birdseed or even cut up seedless grapes instead.

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Happening tomorrow! Free COVID-19 and flu shot clinics with ABQ Department of Senior Affairs. No appointment needed, available for all eligible ages for flu and COVID vaccines. Remember to wear a short sleeved shirt and a mask. ➡️ North Domingo Baca Multi-Gen Center, 9am-12pm ➡️ Highland Senior Center, 1pm-4pm
Ceiling fans typically rotate counterclockwise, pushing air down & producing a slight wind chill effect, allowing you to feel cooler. Turn the ceiling fan reverse switch clockwise in winter, which will produce an updraft & move the warm air that collects near your ceiling down into the rest of the rooms in your business.
Our #CritterOfTheWeek is the Red-eared Slider!🐢 Named for the red patch on each side of the head where an ear would be, the Red-eared Slider can often be found swimming around or sitting on a log in places like Tingley Beach and the UNM Duckpond. You can also tell them apart from other species of turtles by the yellow stripes on their face, legs and tail. These poikilotherms, aka cold-blooded animals, are dependent on the temperature around them so they can often be seen basking in the sun on warm winter days to boost their metabolism, as they start to brumate (a type of energy conservation) at around 50F. Red-eared Sliders are native to the Southeastern US and invasive here in New Mexico, and are now considered one of the worst invasive species worldwide. They arrived here in the pet trade, and have taken over our waterways because of irresponsible owners who released their animals when they did not want them anymore. Please do not dump unwanted animals! Contact CABQ Animal Welfare or a specialty rescue group instead.
Making holiday cookies?🍪 Fully bake your dough and batter before eating for a safe and happy holiday!
Last minute gift wrapping? Choice a sustainable option and use items you already have to wrap gifts this year! We used our favorite balloon fiesta calendar 🎈📆 #Sustainability #SustainableGifts #HappyHolidays #BalloonFiesta
When it comes to climate change, water and energy are intimately connected. Using more water directly impacts energy usage as water utilities are some of the biggest users of electricity. Using more energy means that traditional sources of energy such as coal and gas are using more water. Watering the appropriate amount for the season is important. Learn more: https://www.505outside.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/WBTS-_all4_Final_OL_for-PRINT_7_5-x-6.pdf
‘Tis the season to keep sustainability in mind! 🎁🎄 You can wrap gifts with items you already have at home instead of using wrapping paper. What other unique gift wrapping ideas have you used? . . . . #sustainability #SustainableGifts #ClimateAction #ReduseReuseRecycle #OneAlbuquerque
Keep the heat in by sealing leaky doors and windows. There are many ways to seal up leaks: ➡️ Install door sweeps and weatherstripping such as foam tape to close up gaps beneath doors and throughout window frames. ➡️ Use caulk to close up small air leaks in the exterior of your building. ➡️ Use spray insulation to seal larger air leaks in building. Learn more:https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/guide_to_air_sealing.pdf
Need a sustainable gift idea? Buy tickets to a local event or gift baked goods (bonus points if you thrift a casserole dish to gift it in!) ♻️ #Sustainability #HappyHolidays #SustainableGifts #Thrift
This week’s #CritterOfTheWeek is the Mule Deer!🦌🎅🏼🎄 Some people will talk excitedly about the arrival of Santa and his reindeer this week, but reindeer aren’t a normal inhabitant of Albuquerque. We do, however, have Rudolph’s cousin close to home—the Mule Deer! Mule deer and Reindeer are both in the Subfamily Capreolinae, or the New World Deer. While reindeer are strictly cold weather, sub-arctic and boreal animals, the Mule Deer makes western North America home, including here in Albuquerque. Easily identified by their large, mule-like ears, adults stand around 3’ tall at the shoulder. They are speedy animals, who can move at up to 45 mph for short bursts of time. While Mule Deer mostly inhabit the Sandias, they will occasionally take a stroll down to town, especially in the Foothills and NE Heights. Most people are surprised to see deer in the city, but they often come through in search of a snack out of people’s gardens or off their fruit trees, given that they are selective eaters—meaning that they eat plants and plant parts that are more likely to have more nutrients in them. Remember, always enjoy wildlife from a distance. 😊 #HappyHolidays #MuleDeer #Reindeer #Wildlife #Critter #UrbanBiology #Deer #OneAlbuquerque
Taking easy & affordable steps like replacing air filters and having regular tune ups of heating & cooling systems will not only save your business energy, but also provide cleaner air and uncover any problems that could be expensive or dangerous, potentially impacting your employees’ health. Set up a schedule to regularly replace filters (approximately every 3 months) and contact your HVAC rep annually for an inspection.
Shoutout to the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls group who raised $900 to pay for the trees they planted in City View Park! 🌲🌳🌱 #TreePlanting #Volunteers #OneAlbuquerque