2014
Greg Jones
Vice President, Operations

Greg Jones

Vice President of Operations


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Phone: 530.582.4800

Greg is SBC’s Vice President of Operations. His responsibilities include implementation of programmatic priorities to ensure quality and timeliness as well as overseeing the financial and administrative functions of the organization.

For three years before joining SBC, Greg was instrumental in the early-stage development of two wind turbine manufacturing start-up companies in Nevada. Prior to this, Greg was the Executive Director of the Sierra Green Building Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainability and green building practices and techniques throughout the greater Sierra Nevada region. In addition, Greg has a diverse 10 year for-profit and non-profit career background in manufacturing processes, procurement, financial and economic analysis, customer service, marketing and sales, and program management and development. Greg continually chooses to work with mission-driven organizations devoted to the integration of environmental, social and economic concerns.

Personal Highlights

Greg lives in Truckee with his wife Sara and adorable identical twin girls, Cecelia and Francis. He has lived and played in the Truckee, Lake Tahoe, and Reno region for over 15 years and he counts himself fortunate to call this amazing place home. When he is not enjoying play-time with his family, Greg’s hall pass usually involves skiing in the backcountry, climbing rocks, mountain biking, or getting lost in the wilderness.

December 15, 2014

Beyond the Buzzword: Sustainability in Business at the Yosemite Sustainability Conference


This past week, I was fortunate to not only attend but be a part of the 1st Yosemite Sustainability Conference
 in beautiful Yosemite Valley. This three day conference was packed full of information and presentations around climate science.

The presentations on sustainability practices were particularly interesting because of the strong examples in business represented, including...

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Evan Pierce
Planning Assistant - CivicSpark Americorps Member

Evan Pierce

Project Assistant

CivicSpark AmeriCorps Member


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Evan joins Sierra Business Council as a member of California’s CivicSpark AmeriCorps program.  He will be working to perform gap assessments and help develop Climate Action Plans for local governments throughout the Sierra.  He recently graduated from St. Lawrence University in northern New York with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Mathematics.  Following graduation, he got his start working in Boston to bring more socially and environmentally conscious energy solutions to non-profits across Massachusetts.  Besides a strong connection with the outdoors, Evan was drawn to the opportunity to work with the Sierra Business Council for their commitment to promoting social, environmental, and economic sustainability in a region defined by it’s natural beauty and resources.  

Personal Highlights

A Boston, MA transplant, Evan likes to spend his free time skiing the trees, getting lost on long bike rides, and climbing on things he probably shouldn’t be.  At St. Lawrence he was a member of the varsity rowing team, and studied sustainable development and land use management abroad in New Zealand.

December 11, 2014

From Back East to Out West

It seems like people always use these modifiers - back east, out west -  when describing the two coasts of the lower 48.

It’s as if regardless of where you’re from, the West is the destination of a grand journey and the Eastern seaboard is the source of all known life (or at least where everyone’s parents live).

Well, I perpetuated this stereotype by picking up my life in Boston to journey west in search of higher ground and wild open spaces.

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Kerri Timmer
Government Affairs Director

Kerri Timmer

Government Affairs Director

As Government Affairs Director, Kerri works in partnership with local, regional, state and federal agencies and officials to advance sustainable communities strategies, climate action planning, energy efficiency programs and other SBC activities.

Kerri is a communications and management specialist with more than 25 years of public- and private- sector experience in community and government relations, business communications, land and water conservation, and nonprofit management and capacity building.  Prior to joining SBC, Kerri spent six years with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, where she served most recently as that agency’s Regional Policy and Program Manager.  Before that, she was Executive Director of a non-profit conservation group, operated her own consulting practice where she cultivated relationships with watershed organizations, land trusts and other community groups within and outside the Sierra, and served as account executive and creative director for a community and government relations firm in San Francisco.  Kerri holds a B.A. in English Literature from San Francisco State University and a certificate in Land Use and Natural Resources planning through UC Davis Extension.  Kerri has also authored a number of publications addressing land and water conservation and community sustainability issues in the Sierra Nevada. 

Personal Highlights

Kerri and her husband John live in the foothills of the western Sierra Nevada, where they enjoy hiking, biking, boating, camping and hosting backyard barbeques for friends and family.

December 04, 2014

Life Beyond the Water Bond...Cap-and-Trade Awaits

I know, you saw my byline and thought, “Oh no, not another post about the water bond. It passed last month, so aren’t we done with that already?!? ” 

You’re right - the water bond did pass  – but that’s not what I’m writing about today. Because in addition to pressing for funding from the water bond, SBC and its new initiative, Sierra CAMP[1], have been working with partners across the state to secure funding from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) established as part of AB 32.

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Ian Nimmo
Project Manager

Ian Nimmo

Project Manager


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Ian Nimmo is no stranger to SBC, having worked as an Energy Programs Intern and for the TDPUD and Liberty Energy as an energy auditor.  He grew up in Healdsburg, California and went to college at the University of Puget Sound in Washington.  He has worked for Greenpeace as a Senior Team Leader, at a ski lodge in Alta, Utah and for the US Forest Service in Idaho.

"I chose to work at SBC because the scope of its mission and because of the beautiful location in the Sierra Nevada mountains," Ian says.  "It feels good to be working for an organization that has a similar worldview to my own."

Personal Highlights

"I have many hobbies.  I love skiing, enjoying lakes and rivers in the summer in my old beat up canoe, and seeing live music.  I enjoy the Tahoe life for all that it has to offer."

December 02, 2014

What Am I Thankful For? LED Lighting!

At the most recent Sierra Business Council staff meeting, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, my colleagues and I were asked what we were thankful for. Many mentioned being thankful for their work they do, living in the Truckee Tahoe region, seeing the impacts of their work on the Sierra, and having the opportunity to work with such hard working and passionate individuals.

What I found I am truly thankful for is LED Lighting and, no, it’s not a joke!

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Leanne Kuchar

Ian Nimmo

Project Manager


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Phone: 530.582.4800

Ian Nimmo is no stranger to SBC, having worked as an Energy Programs Intern and for the TDPUD and Liberty Energy as an energy auditor.  He grew up in Healdsburg, California and went to college at the University of Puget Sound in Washington.  He has worked for Greenpeace as a Senior Team Leader, at a ski lodge in Alta, Utah and for the US Forest Service in Idaho.

"I chose to work at SBC because the scope of its mission and because of the beautiful location in the Sierra Nevada mountains," Ian says.  "It feels good to be working for an organization that has a similar worldview to my own."

Personal Highlights

"I have many hobbies.  I love skiing, enjoying lakes and rivers in the summer in my old beat up canoe, and seeing live music.  I enjoy the Tahoe life for all that it has to offer."

November 25, 2014

Reclaiming the Spirit of Giving: #GivingTuesday

With the holidays fast approaching, a bombardment of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals fill both my inbox and my mailbox.

Seeing the slashed prices and promotions brought the same question to mind as it does every year (though I swear they were a week earlier this year…), aren’t the holidays supposed to be about giving?  

As it turns out, I’m far from the first to wonder.

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