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Albuquerque Progress Report
Goal
05
Environtmental Protection

Protect Albuquerque’s natural environments— its mountains, river, bosque, volcanoes, arroyos, air, and water

Couple wakling in Bosque

Why is this goal important?

Driving solo to work versus sharing a ride, choosing to throw that empty plastic bottle in the recycling bin or trash can—these are all choices that can profoundly affect the protection and enhancement of our natural environments. As Albuquerque residents we should be concerned about the availability and quality of our water, the quality of our air and the preservation of our land for the health of our families and future generations.

What are desired community conditions?

By design, the goal areas are broad, so we've further clarified them with positively worded statements called "desired community conditions." These are statements that describe specifically what conditions would exist if the respective goal is achieved. For example, under the goal area called "Human and Family Development," a desired condition is for Albuquerque to have "Educated, literate residents."

Click the tabs below to explore the Desired Community Conditions and Key Indicators

What can we tell from the data?

  • Albuquerque’s water use per capita is lower than its peers. Albuquerque has continued to make progress in conserving water, as evidenced by the decrease in gallons of water used per capita, per day over the last three consecutive years.
  • Albuquerque leads its peer communities in percentage of open space as percentage of city land, ozone level and EPA Air Quality index, making Albuquerque one of the most environmentally safe cities in the country.
  • Our city’s residential recycling rate and waste landfilled per person per day has a desirable 4- year trend. The residential recycling rate saw a significant increase after the city’s Curbside Recycling program switched from plastic bag pick-up to Recycle Carts.

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Desired Community Condition: Sustainable Water Supply

Key Indicator: Gallons per capita per day

Latest ABQ: 136
United States: 140
Peer Title: 166
Status: Desirable
Trend: Stable

136 / per day

140 / per day

Desired Community Condition: Safe Air, Land & Water

Key Indicator: Ozone level (US Standard is 0.075 ppm)

Latest ABQ: .072
United States: .072
Peer Rank: N/A
Status: Desirable
Trend: Stable

.072

.072

Desired Community Condition: Safe Air, Land & Water

Key Indicator: EPA Air Quality Index (US standard ceiling is a 100)

Latest ABQ: 19
United States: N/A
Peer Rank: 1st of 6
Status: Desirable
Trend: Stable

19

N/A

Desired Community Condition: Preserved Open Space

Key Indicator: Open space from total city acreage

Latest ABQ: 24%
United States: 8%
Peer Rank: 1st of 6
Status: Desirable
Trend: Stable

Desired Community Condition: Active Citizen Conservation

Key Indicator: Residential recycling rate

Latest ABQ: 18%
United States: N/A
Peer Rank: N/A
Status: Desirable
Trend: Improving

Desired Community Condition: Integrated Waste Management

Key Indicator: Total pounds landfilled per person per day

Latest ABQ: 4.8
United States: 2.9
Peer Rank: N/A
Status: Undesirable
Trend: Improving

4.8 / per day

2.9 / per day

Desired Community Condition: Good Public Health

Key Indicator: Residents Frequently Exercising

Latest ABQ: 57%
United States: 50%
Peer Rank: 2nd of 6
Status: Desirable
Trend: Stable

Desired Community Condition: Good Public Health

Key Indicator: Residents Frequently Exercising

Latest ABQ: 57%
United States: 50%
Peer Rank: 2nd of 6
Status: Desirable
Trend: Stable

Desired Community Condition: Good Public Health

Key Indicator: Residents Frequently Exercising

Latest ABQ: 57%
United States: 50%
Peer Rank: 2nd of 6
Status: Desirable
Trend: Stable

Desired Community Condition: Good Public Health

Key Indicator: Residents Frequently Exercising

Latest ABQ: 57%
United States: 50%
Peer Rank: 2nd of 6
Status: Desirable
Trend: Stable

Desired Community Condition: Good Public Health

Key Indicator: Residents Frequently Exercising

Latest ABQ: 57%
United States: 50%
Peer Rank: 2nd of 6
Status: Desirable
Trend: Stable

Desired Community Condition: Good Public Health

Key Indicator: Residents Frequently Exercising

Latest ABQ: 57%
United States: 50%
Peer Rank: 2nd of 6
Status: Desirable
Trend: Stable

Desired Community Condition: Good Public Health

Key Indicator: Residents Frequently Exercising

Latest ABQ: 57%
United States: 50%
Peer Rank: 2nd of 6
Status: Desirable
Trend: Stable
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