2015
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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Nicholas Martin
Program Director

Nicholas Martin

Program Director

 

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 holds sustainability in the Sierra regions close to his heart. He brings extensive technical experience and has a solid background in project management. He currently works on SBC's energy programs.


Personal Highlights:

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

March 17, 2015

AB 32: Cash No Longer a Promise, Now a Reality

Promises can only go so far before they need to be followed through on. When a friend promises to pay you back for a dinner you paid for last week, then 4 weeks go by without payment, there comes a time when your friend needs to make good on the promise. 

It has now been almost a decade since Assembly Bill 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, was passed into law.

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Olivia Hara
Planning Assistant - CivicSpark AmeriCorps Member

Nicholas Martin

Program Director

 

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 holds sustainability in the Sierra regions close to his heart. He brings extensive technical experience and has a solid background in project management. He currently works on SBC's energy programs.


Personal Highlights:

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

March 09, 2015

Still Drowning in Dry: The Current State of California's Drought

Envision your daily routine; taking a shower, having coffee, eating some fruit, driving to work...Imagine what your daily routine would be like with a drastic reduction of water or even no water; probably won’t be showering every day or drinking coffee, maybe you won’t even have your fruit because it is too expensive to purchase.

It’s hard to imagine the full scope of what our lives would be like with little to no water involved in it, yet this is something that Californians are quickly starting to experience—no imagination necessary.

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Kriselda Bautista

Nicholas Martin

Program Director

 

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 holds sustainability in the Sierra regions close to his heart. He brings extensive technical experience and has a solid background in project management. He currently works on SBC's energy programs.


Personal Highlights:

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

March 05, 2015

Tripping Over Green Guilt: A Look at the Value of Carbon Offsetting

I was recently planning a trip to the Bay Area, desperately in need of the city air and life.

I didn't want to feel guilty about it though. As a self-proclaimed environmental steward, it felt like a cardinal sin to make the 400 mile trip. All I could think about was how much carbon I was going to be dumping in the air, so to appease my mind I looked into what others were doing about their "green guilt". 

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