2015
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.

May 14, 2015

Power of the Plan: Energy Action Plans


For many of us, it makes sense to always have a plan: a work plan for completing your weekly and monthly task assignments, a financial plan to put us on track for a comfortable retirement, or even a training plan for how you are going to complete your first marathon.

Planning can help ensure that you will achieve your goals, and provides an effective way of getting there. Here at SBC we believe that effective planning can lead to even more effective action.

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Emily Kornhauser
Sierra SBDC Administrative Assistant

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.

May 04, 2015

Success Continues to Grow at Sierra Small Business Development Center


The Sierra Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is building momentum every month.

Since taking over operations of the SBDC on October 1, 2014 through the first quarter of 2015, SBC has delivered over 250 hours of one-on-one business counseling to 100 clients and held 18 workshops for the Northeastern Sierra 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 21, 2015

Art as an Economic Engine


When I decided to move to the Sierra 22 years ago, I initially thought it was about being closer to rivers for rafting and trails for hiking. Maybe also the appeal of fewer people and less traffic. I am an “introvert,” after all.

But once I got here, I realized that what I really loved about living in western Nevada County was the local radio station, KVMR; the live stage, Foothill Theatre Company (sadly no longer in business); and the incredible music scene.

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Emily Kornhauser
Sierra SBDC Administrative Assistant

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 17, 2015

Celebrating Earth Day, the Workplace Way


There’s something I feel I should get off my chest: I am a self-proclaimed Earth conscious person, yet I tend to fall short each year on Earth Day.

It’s a day that celebrates the birth of the modern American environmental movement and pays homage to the pioneers who had holistic and sustainable visions for our planet before this, and somehow I always seem to miss it.

This year I’ve challenged myself to extend an Earth Day celebration beyond my home life and into the workplace.

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Ian Nimmo
Project Manager

Ian Nimmo

Project Manager

 

Ian Nimmo is no stranger to SBC, having worked as an Energy Programs Intern and for the TDPUD and Liberty Energy as an energy auditor.  He grew up in Healdsburg, California and went to college at the University of Puget Sound in Washington.  He has worked for Greenpeace as a Senior Team Leader, at a ski lodge in Alta, Utah and for the US Forest Service in Idaho.

"I chose to work at SBC because the scope of its mission and because of the beautiful location in the Sierra Nevada mountains," Ian says.  "It feels good to be working for an organization that has a similar worldview to my own."

Personal Highlights

"I have many hobbies.  I love skiing, enjoying lakes and rivers in the summer in my old beat up canoe, and seeing live music.  I enjoy the Tahoe life for all that it has to offer."

April 10, 2015

Have You Heard of Aquaponics?

As the 4th year of the drought in California lingers on, it’s not uncommon to be a little concerned about our food and water future.

On the bright side, I think it’s also a great time to highlight a promising farming technique and stir up some excitement!

This technique is called Aquaponics and it is the combination of aquaculture and hydroponics. Aquaponics systems have a huge opportunity in California because they use up to 90% less water than conventional farming.

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