2015
Jen Rosser
Program Director

Jennifer Rosser

Program Director

 

Prior to joining SBC, Jennifer worked in the private sector for an environmentally sustainable, smart growth, real estate development project spanning 450 acres in the Sierra foothills community of Grass Valley. She was responsible for the project’s entitlement process, business strategy and environmental review process. 

Her governmental experience includes serving as a chief advisor to the Secretary of the California Resources Agency to influence state policy development for California Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. She contributed to setting strategic direction for land acquisition policies as a board member of three state conservancies: Tahoe Conservancy, Baldwin Hills Conservancy, San Gabriel and Lower LA Rivers and Mountains Conservancy. She has also represented the Agency in the California Wild & Scenic River Interagency efforts to move forward collaborative policy development.

Jennifer also worked as a policy analyst for Friends of the River, California’s statewide river conservation organization. She advanced river conservation goals by managing Federal hydropower relicensing processes for hydropower projects across the entire state of California and by lobbying in the California legislature and Washington D.C. for river conservation and energy legislation.  

February 25, 2015

Following the Seasons: Veggies for your Sierra Garden


It may only be February, but it’s not too early to start thinking about your summer vegetable garden!

If you are growing vegetables in the Sierra foothills or Reno, it’s worth keeping in mind that many vegetables can be grown outside during even the coldest winter months. 

However, with March only a few days away, let’s dive into what you can already start planting for the spring and summer.

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Paul Ahrns
Project Manager

Paul Ahrns

Project Manager

Paul grew up in Nevada City, spending his summers exploring the mountains and valleys around Truckee. His summers in the Sierra fostered his passion for protecting and sustaining the natural wealth and beauty of the Sierra Nevada region. Paul returned home to the region in 2010 to work on the first phase of the Green Communities Program as an Intern with SBC. He continues to work on the subsequent phases of the program. Paul brings his experience in planning and community engagement to his new role as Planning Technician for the Sierra Business Council.

Personal Highlights:

Paul earned his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science & Policy from California State University, Long Beach where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was selected as the Department’s Outstanding Graduate for 2009. Paul combines his passion for the environment and desire to explore the world. He has had the pleasure of exploring 5 different continents and innumerable countries. The highlights of which have been working with communities in Kenya to drill water wells without using electricity or fuel and exploring the history and culture of China.

February 17, 2015

Collecting Public Input in the Sierra: Challenges and Opportunities

As you know, SBC has been working with Nevada City, Loomis, Jackson, Plymouth and Amador County on energy plans with local strategies and actions to promote cost-effective energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation in our communities. 

As part of this process, SBC in partnership with local government staff hosted two rounds of in-person study sessions.

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Leanne Kuchar

Paul Ahrns

Project Manager

Paul grew up in Nevada City, spending his summers exploring the mountains and valleys around Truckee. His summers in the Sierra fostered his passion for protecting and sustaining the natural wealth and beauty of the Sierra Nevada region. Paul returned home to the region in 2010 to work on the first phase of the Green Communities Program as an Intern with SBC. He continues to work on the subsequent phases of the program. Paul brings his experience in planning and community engagement to his new role as Planning Technician for the Sierra Business Council.

Personal Highlights:

Paul earned his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science & Policy from California State University, Long Beach where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was selected as the Department’s Outstanding Graduate for 2009. Paul combines his passion for the environment and desire to explore the world. He has had the pleasure of exploring 5 different continents and innumerable countries. The highlights of which have been working with communities in Kenya to drill water wells without using electricity or fuel and exploring the history and culture of China.

February 10, 2015

The Greener Side of Drones

Imagine being able to see a unique perspective of the Sierra Nevada by exploring inaccessible wilderness areas.

Sounds pretty incredible, right?

These unique views would typically be impossible without the use of a plane, helicopter, or balloon. Through the use of drones, however, such has become not only possible but also easily accessible for the general public.

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Emily Kornhauser
Sierra SBDC Administrative Assistant

Paul Ahrns

Project Manager

Paul grew up in Nevada City, spending his summers exploring the mountains and valleys around Truckee. His summers in the Sierra fostered his passion for protecting and sustaining the natural wealth and beauty of the Sierra Nevada region. Paul returned home to the region in 2010 to work on the first phase of the Green Communities Program as an Intern with SBC. He continues to work on the subsequent phases of the program. Paul brings his experience in planning and community engagement to his new role as Planning Technician for the Sierra Business Council.

Personal Highlights:

Paul earned his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science & Policy from California State University, Long Beach where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was selected as the Department’s Outstanding Graduate for 2009. Paul combines his passion for the environment and desire to explore the world. He has had the pleasure of exploring 5 different continents and innumerable countries. The highlights of which have been working with communities in Kenya to drill water wells without using electricity or fuel and exploring the history and culture of China.

February 06, 2015

Small Sierra Businesses with Big Ideas

Several months ago I moved to the Sierra Nevada, and since then have been blown away by the many different sides of the region: amazing natural environments, visitors and residents from all over the world, unique and distinguishing culture, and most impressively- a thriving innovative business community. 

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Alicia Powers
Project Manager

Alicia Powers

Project Manager

 

Alicia is a Project Manager working with the Sierra Nevada Energy Watch team, which provides affordable energy efficiency projects to small and medium sized businesses throughout Placer and Nevada counties within PG&E territory. 

Alicia has been enjoying life in the Sierra as a full time Truckee resident for the last 18 years. Besides spending those years taking advantage of many fantastic outdoor activities, Alicia was a Captain of the Tahoe Gal on Lake Tahoe for sixteen years and worked as LEED AP specializing in Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance for five years for Sustainable Energy Solutions. Alicia is very excited to be a part of the Sierra Business Council and SNEW Team.

Personal Highlights:

Alicia's favorite Sierra activities include sailing and boat camping on Lake Tahoe, skiing the Great Race, hiking and skiing out the back door, kayaking on Donner Lake, and enjoying the community turn out for the Truckee 4th of July Parade.   

February 03, 2015

Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without!

It was over three years ago when I first heard the expression “Use it up, make it do, wear it out or do without” during a conversation about societal values on the home front during World War II.

I immediately fell in love with the phrase. As a person who frequently feels real discomfort at throwing away items that have an apparent use, I felt a great connection to the motto and wondered how we got so far from the values of conservation that our predecessors had held so dear.

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