2019
Justine Quealy
Justine Quealy
Climate Planning Technician
January 29, 2019

Just What are Time of Use Rates and How Can They Save you Money?

Have you heard of Time of Use rates before? Did you know you could be saving money on your energy bill just by utilizing them? Let’s back up. The state of California has set the goal of 100 percent use of zero-carbon electricity by 2045, which builds on the previous work the state has done to become more energy efficient and manage energy use.

California residents have a key part in helping the state achieve this goal, and one way is to shift practices and behaviors to better manage not only the amount of electricity that is used, but also when electricity is used.

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Simone Cordery-Cotter
Simone Cordery-Cotter
CivicSpark AmeriCorps Fellow, Climate Planning
January 17, 2019

Could the Answer to Our Housing Problem Lie in the Triple Bottom Line? Part One

One might think that in the wake of Propositions 1 and 2 passing in November, with a combined funding power of $6 billion for housing programs, we’d be able to breathe a sigh of relief. As substantial as the funding might be, though, there remains a clear and present need to act quickly on the housing supply throughout California.

A personal moment recently threw this into sharp focus for me.

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John Plaggmier
John Plaggmier
Project Manager
January 11, 2019

Enjoying the Modern Cold One: Bold, Hoppy and Tastes like Sustainability

The connection between a hoppy beer and the aromatic pines of the Sierra Nevada foothills is undeniable for me. Whether enjoying a cold one after a long hike in the Tahoe National Forest, or while basking on the granite rocks of the Yuba River, I can confidently say that beer always tastes better in the great outdoors.

Henry David Thoreau was quoted as saying, “Instead of water we got here a draught of beer…a lumberer’s drink, which would acclimate and naturalize a man at once—which would make him see green, and, if he slept, dream that he heard the wind sough among the pines.” 

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Nikki Caravelli
Nikki Caravelli
Climate Technician & Sierra CAMP Project Manager
January 04, 2019

Top Three Reasons Why 2018 Was a Success for California Climate Action

It was a bit of a surprise when, at the end of 2017, we found the year rounding out with quite a bit worth celebrating in the climate action world. Now following 2018, despite the growing global hot mess of extreme wildfires, storm events, and sea level rise, I’m grateful to say there remains plenty to celebrate.

Let’s take a moment at the start of this new year to reflect on what has worked, dig into those actions, and build on the successes.

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2018
Chris Mertens
Chris Mertens
Government Affairs Director
December 14, 2018

Don't Miss the Next Storm: Tips and Resources for Tracking Sierra Snow

Last week, I experienced the moment that every skier and snowboarder yearns for during a long summer of BBQs, boardshorts, and warmth: the first turns of the ski season. This season’s first day did not disappoint as there is a lot of fluffy powder to enjoy. In fact, some Tahoe-Truckee region ski resorts already have snowpacks that are 108% of average for this time of year! 

As a snowboarder, I’ve become a bit of a snow forecasting nerd. Knowing that many other “powder hounds” are out there, I thought I’d share some of the resources I use to predict when and where the best fluff is going to fall.

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