2019
Ben Maritato
Ben Maritato
Climate Planning Technician
October 21, 2019

5 Easy Ways to Green Your Business

SBC recently launched the Sierra Green Business Network, a regional affiliate of the statewide California Green Business Network. The program provides local businesses with free environmental consulting services to help them earn their Green Business Certification.

The certification comes with a myriad of benefits, including a window cling to identify their certification to the public, a framed certificate, access to our predeveloped Green Business Marketing Toolkit, a listing on the Shop Green App (available in the App Store), promotion in our own outreach and being part of a statewide network of over 4,000 like minded businesses.

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Carissa Bradley
Carissa Bradley
CivicSpark Climate Fellow
October 18, 2019

Why I'm Choosing a Career in Public Service and Think Others Should Too

Public service manifests itself in many different forms. Some find themselves getting involved in their child’s PTA, volunteering at their local food bank, deciding to run for their local city council, or joining our armed forces. For me, I joined CivicSpark, an AmeriCorp public service program that has brought me here to Sierra Business Council.

For the next 11 months, I will be serving as a CivicSpark Climate Fellow managing projects to build capacity for local governments in the Sierra Nevada.

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Jessica Carr
Jessica Carr
Program Manager
October 10, 2019

Doing Business Through a Public Safety Power Shutoff

Small business owners are facing new challenges in California. In addition to preparing for wildfire and beefing up their business resilience preparation, small business owners and home-based businesses now must also prepare for extended power outages. This type of interruption can be devastating to the bottom line of small businesses.

We believe that these businesses are the backbone of our rural communities. SB Sierra Small Business Development Center is here to help.

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Kerri Timmer
Vice President Climate and Energy

Kerri Timmer

Vice President, Climate & Energy



As Vice President of Climate & Energy, 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.

September 27, 2019

I Received the Letter Every Sierra Homeowner is Trying to Avoid

I received the dreaded letter last month. The one from my insurance company telling me they were not renewing the fire portion of my homeowner’s insurance.

This, even after my husband has been a loyal premium-paying customer for 42 years, and we and our neighbors have spent tens of thousands of dollars on tree removal and fuel reduction work to make our homes and neighborhood more fire-safe.

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Kari Sinoff

Kerri Timmer

Vice President, Climate & Energy



As Vice President of Climate & Energy, 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.

September 24, 2019

Shifting Seasons and Shifting Energy Use: Time of Use Rates in California

Every year I find myself looking forward to fall. That first night when the crisp air sneaks through the windows? Realizing almost as quickly that the leaves have started to change colors? On the other hand…I don’t particularly look forward to the increased cost of heating my home during the cooler months. Fortunately, our family has managed to keep our energy costs lower by using basic energy saving tips and paying attention to our energy usage and rates. Earlier this year I learned about the upcoming Time of Use (TOU) Rate Plan rolling out across California, a new rate plan that includes some additional ways to reduce costs while reducing dirty energy use and emissions.    

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