2015
Nicholas Martin
Program Director

Nicholas Martin

Program Director

 

Nicholas manages our climate planning program, including developing energy and climate action plans for Sierra Nevada local governments and GHG accounting. Nicholas comes to the Sierra Business Council with experience in the construction and solar installation industries, as well as an enthusiasm for progressing the use of renewable and sustainable energy. Born and raised in South Lake Tahoe, he has a vested interest in sustainability for the Sierra region. He brings extensive technical experience and has a solid background in project management. 


Personal Highlights:

Nick enjoys spending his free time running, skiing, and biking in the mountains of the Tahoe area.

August 26, 2015

SBC Workshop Emboldens Town of Truckee For Action on Climate Change

Do you think it is important to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions? Address climate change head-on, locally, and on your own terms?

The Town of Truckee does.

Last month the Town hosted a joint workshop between the Town Council and Planning Commission, which was open to the public, to discuss options for the Town to reduce its GHG emissions.

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Evan Pierce
Planning Assistant - CivicSpark Americorps Member

Nicholas Martin

Program Director

 

Nicholas manages our climate planning program, including developing energy and climate action plans for Sierra Nevada local governments and GHG accounting. Nicholas comes to the Sierra Business Council with experience in the construction and solar installation industries, as well as an enthusiasm for progressing the use of renewable and sustainable energy. Born and raised in South Lake Tahoe, he has a vested interest in sustainability for the Sierra region. He brings extensive technical experience and has a solid background in project management. 


Personal Highlights:

Nick enjoys spending his free time running, skiing, and biking in the mountains of the Tahoe area.

August 20, 2015

Respecting our Elders: a Unified Front on Climate Change

 

I had an interesting conversation with my boss the other day.

We were driving back from an SBC presentation in Sutter Creek, one of the jurisdictions we are trying to recruit for an energy action plan, and were in the midst of one of those conversations that can only be had on a two-plus hour ride with a trusted friend or coworker.

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Bowen Humphreys
Project Manager

Bowen Humphreys

Project Manager

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.

August 13, 2015

Jobs Like Mine: A look at Critiques of The Clean Power Plan

I always have to smile when I hear someone claim that renewable energy will cost jobs or that acting to stop climate change will bring about the destruction of the U.S. economy, because I am living proof that they are wrong.

No, I’m not a superhero with mutant powers able to absorb greenhouse gasses and shoot jobs out of my wrists (that would be a brilliant idea, but Stan Lee won’t return my phone calls), I’m just a guy who counts light bulbs. I’ll get to why in a minute, but first there is some news you should know about.

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Nicole Benter
Senior Program Director

Nicole Benter

Senior Program Director

 

Currently serving as Senior Program Director for the Sierra Business Council, Nicole directs and oversees a variety of projects including the Sierra Nevada Geotourism project. Nicole’s wide range of professional experience includes environmental analysis for Patagonia Inc., launching two businesses, sustainable business practices researcher and consultant, LEED certification project manager, and science teacher.

Nicole holds a Masters degree in Environmental Science and Management, with a specialization in Green Innovation and Business, as well as a Masters degree in teaching. Her Bachelors of Science is from the University of Michigan, where she double majored in Environmental Policy and Behavior and Resource Ecology and Management. Nicole brings a passion for working towards a balanced and prosperous Sierra Nevada region, and believes in educating and empowering others with the tools necessary to make positive change.

Personal Highlights:

Nicole has a deep love for back-country skiing, rock climbing granite cracks, and swimming in alpine lakes.  She also contributes time to working in a Maasai village in Tanzania, Africa - focusing on education, health, a women's center, and support systems

July 21, 2015

The Sierra Nevada Geotourism Auction: Explore the Sierra Like Never Before

What kind of travel are you craving this season?

Would you like someone to put together fun exploration packages for you through out the Sierra that you can get at amazing prices, while supporting a project that helps small businesses and communities get a little of that tourism love? 

Well, we’re happy to say, we’ve done it!

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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.  

June 25, 2015

What Exactly is Time Varying Pricing? 

Time varying pricing is a method for reducing demand for electricity on California’s electricity grid.

It’s really pretty simple: the highest demand on the electricity grid is typically during peak afternoon times when most people are using a lot of energy at work or at home. In order to avoid black outs from too much demand at one time on the grid, utilities use different prices for energy at different times of the day.

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