2015
Diana Madson
Diana Madson
Project Manager
January 20, 2015

Sierra CAMP Part II: the What and the Why

If you read my last post on Sierra CAMP, you’re probably asking yourself, “Okay, so the Sierra needs to prepare for climate change and contribute to the state’s climate goals, but how exactly are we supposed to do that?”

Well, Sierra CAMP (short for Climate Adaptation & Mitigation Partnership) was established in 2014 to empower and convene Sierra leaders from government, business, academia, and community groups to share best practices, develop strategies for action, and build connections with urban downstream users of Sierra ecosystem services.

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Diana Madson
Diana Madson
Project Manager
January 15, 2015

Sierra CAMP Part I: The Why

“Sierra CAMP? Is that some sort of summer camp in the mountains?”

Well, no. Not this Sierra CAMP, rather it’s the Sierra Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership - a new and exciting project launched by SBC that looks at how Sierra leaders can work together to take action on climate change, prepare for its impacts, and build connections with downstream cities.

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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.

January 13, 2015

A Toast to Toastmasters

Do you consider yourself a strong communicator at work? How about at home - are you able to convey your thoughts and opinions clearly, without instigating an argument?

Well I thought I did, or was, that is until I challenged myself on it and realized I often fall victim to many of the pitfalls that make public speaking such a fearsome undertaking.

And so I began a search to find how I can better my speaking skills as well as my career.

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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.  

January 07, 2015

With Good Information, The Savings All Add Up

There are a lot of good sources of information out there to help us understand how to save energy at home, but our friends at Energy Upgrade California go above and beyond as a great source of information.

For example, did you know that you could save between $40 and $135 dollars over the lifetime of a light bulb if you switch out an old incandescent bulb to a new LED bulb?

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Brenda Gillarde
Senior Planner

Brenda Gillarde

Senior Planner

In addition to her commitment to make a difference in the Sierra, Brenda brings over 30 years of city and county planning experience to the SBC Team. Combining her life sciences educational background and her professional experience in working with government clients, Brenda is part of the SBC energy group and will assist local Sierra Nevada communities in energy efficiency planning.

Prior to joining the SBC Team, Brenda worked for a Sierra Foothill government agency and was also owner of her own consulting firm with public and private sector clients throughout the greater Bay Area. Brenda is known for her skills in policy formulation, project coordination, problem-solving and collaboration.

Personal Highlights:
Brenda is a 5th generation Californian with ancestral ties to the Donner Party. She loves the outdoors and can be found bicycling, hiking, riding horses or birding. When not romping outside she indulges in learning Argentine Tango, gourmet cooking and knitting socks!

January 02, 2015

Call for 2015 Green Drinks Hosts!

Green Drinks is an international organization that brings together groups of people on a monthly basis to network, share stories and support local businesses. 

SBC established a Central Sierra Nevada Chapter in 2012, beginning with only a few participants and growing into our largest event of over 80 participants!  Green Drinks is a place where people learn about innovative business ideas and local success stories, and it’s a great way to network and support the amazing businesses we have in Tuolumne and Calaveras County. 

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