2017
BJ Schmitt
BJ Schmitt
Analyst and Planning Technician
May 17, 2017

Being Good for the Earth: A Review of Robin Wall Kimmerer's Braiding Sweetgrass

Have you ever found yourself feeling a twinge of guilt or shame for being part of the human race? Simple observation has taught many of us that humans are not exactly great for the planet. We pollute, we pave, we kill, we acidify the oceans. It can be tough to come to terms with, unless you’re able to consider our place from a different angle.

The 2013 book Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer presents just that, an ancient, generally forgotten view of how to see ourselves, how to see our world, and with which to see our place in the world.

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Diana Madson
Diana Madson
Program Director
May 10, 2017

How it's Looking for Our Region: An Update on State of Cap and Trade Funding in the Sierra

Today, Sierra CAMP published an updated State of Cap and Trade Funding in the Sierra fact sheet to reflect 2016 funding.

Our fact sheet provides insight into the funding trajectory, showing that not much has changed since the 2014-2015 cycle; Sierra communities are still underfunded compared to other regions.

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Angelo Genasci
Angelo Genasci
Development Director
April 24, 2017

Cattle and Climate Change: Why the Beef? 

I have many fond memories growing up on my family’s cattle ranch in Sierra Valley. Prior to his passing at the age of 98 in 2008 my Grandfather, Attilio Genasci was the oldest working cattleman in California. 

I always look forward returning home to Sierra Valley and getting that first glimpse of cattle roaming the wide-open range surrounded by beautiful Sierra Nevada peaks. I also understand, however, that not everyone has the same reaction to the view, particularly when it comes to the subject of climate change.

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Jessica Carr
Jessica Carr
Program Manager
April 19, 2017

A Vibrant Business Expo in South Lake Tahoe

Last month I took the beautiful drive from Truckee to South Lake Tahoe, CA to attend the Tahoe Chamber’s Business Expo at Harvey’s Lake Tahoe. I had heard about the party at the South Shore business event of the year and just had to see it for myself!

South Lake Tahoe and the surrounding areas of El Dorado County make up the southern end of the Sierra Small Business Development Center’s seven county region.

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Kerri Timmer
Government Affairs Director

Kerri Timmer

Government Affairs Director

As Government Affairs Director, 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.

April 13, 2017

California's Fight Against Climate Change Carries On Thanks to Last Week's Court Decision

Last week California won big in its fight to address climate change. The California Third District Court of Appeal issued an April 6th ruling confirming that the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) cap-and-trade auction program is legal!

Cap-and-trade, along with a suite of complementary regulatory measures, is one of California’s primary tools to achieve critical greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions. Here’s how it works:

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