2015
Emily Kornhauser
Emily Kornhauser
Sierra SBDC Administrative Assistant
April 17, 2015

Celebrating Earth Day, the Workplace Way


There’s something I feel I should get off my chest: I am a self-proclaimed Earth conscious person, yet I tend to fall short each year on Earth Day.

It’s a day that celebrates the birth of the modern American environmental movement and pays homage to the pioneers who had holistic and sustainable visions for our planet before this, and somehow I always seem to miss it.

This year I’ve challenged myself to extend an Earth Day celebration beyond my home life and into the workplace.

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Ian Nimmo
Project Manager

Ian Nimmo

Project Manager

 

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."

April 10, 2015

Have You Heard of Aquaponics?

As the 4th year of the drought in California lingers on, it’s not uncommon to be a little concerned about our food and water future.

On the bright side, I think it’s also a great time to highlight a promising farming technique and stir up some excitement!

This technique is called Aquaponics and it is the combination of aquaculture and hydroponics. Aquaponics systems have a huge opportunity in California because they use up to 90% less water than conventional farming.

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Evan Pierce
Planning Assistant - CivicSpark Americorps Member

Evan Pierce

Project Assistant

CivicSpark AmeriCorps Member

 

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.

April 03, 2015

Snow as a Battery?

I know what you’re thinking, but no, I’m not going to show you a video of someone powering an incandescent bulb by plugging it into a snowball.

Rather, I am going to draw a serious analogy illustrating the importance of snowpack. So, what is a battery?

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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.

March 27, 2015

Going Solar in the Sierra

Today, I would like to share my personal story of considering solar installation at my childhood home in Nevada City.

This is a scenario I’m guessing is quite familiar to residents of the Sierra, considering our region’s ample supply of sunny days.

Our family first considered...

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Bowen Humphreys
Energy Technician

Bowen Humphreys

Energy Technician

Bowen is involved with both the Sierra Nevada Energy Watch and Green Communities programs.  He is excited to be involved in both ground-level energy audits and community-wide policy and planning.   Bowen received his degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana in Missoula, where he studied sustainable business management, climate change studies, and environmental philosophy. 

During college, he also studied sustainable business practices abroad in New Zealand and Australia and was highly involved in community service projects though his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta.


Personal Highlights:
A man of the mountains at heart, Bowen grew up in Salt Lake City Utah hiking, snowshoeing, biking on and off the road, running, and telemarking.  After graduating from college, he spent six weeks backpacking through India and the Himalayan Mountains.  Bowen is excited to begin exploring the Sierra Nevada on foot, by bike, and on skis.

March 24, 2015

Could Al Gore Have Been Right? A Reflection on Ski Lift Conversations

The first time it happened, I was at Alpine Meadows halfway up the mountain on the Summit chairlift. One of the skiers situated next to me turns and says, 

“You know, I’ve never believed in all that global warming nonsense. But with the snowpack in such a bad condition as it is, I’m starting to think that maybe Al Gore was right.”

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