New Mexico is home to many long-held cultural traditions that center care and respect for the land and water. From indigenous farming practices, to adobe brick making, to annual acequia “ditch days’, New Mexicans have been coming together for generations to uphold the importance of shared practice and responsibility for the well-being of their communities.
At Growing Up NM, our Guiding Principles, Vision, and Mission value the importance of physical spaces just as much as the people in them. The Early Learning Center at Kaune is at the heart of our organization. Kaune houses our high-quality early childhood and family support programs, including our PreK and child care center. Built in 1943, the historic John Gaw Meem building is centrally located in the Casa Linda neighborhood of Santa Fe. Since purchasing the facility in 2016, it been our responsibility to maintain the facility and grounds in alignment with our long-term commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and increasing sustainability through efficient energy use and water consumption.
Much like our multi-generational programs, we understand there is not a one-size fits all approach to upgrading the physical structure. Through a holistic systems-approach, and under the guidance of industry professionals, in 2023 we will conduct an extensive evaluation of the entire building to identify areas for improvement including solar panels and electrical infrastructure, retrofits, water use, and opportunities for passive solar energy. As part of Katherine Freeman’s Legacy Campaign, these state-of-the-art renovations will minimize our impact on the environment and surrounding ecosystems.