2014
Paul Ahrns
Project Manager

Paul Ahrns

Project Manager

Paul grew up in Nevada City, spending his summers exploring the mountains and valleys around Truckee. His summers in the Sierra fostered his passion for protecting and sustaining the natural wealth and beauty of the Sierra Nevada region. Paul returned home to the region in 2010 to work on the first phase of the Green Communities Program as an Intern with SBC. He continues to work on the subsequent phases of the program. Paul brings his experience in planning and community engagement to his new role as Planning Technician for the Sierra Business Council.

Personal Highlights:
Paul earned his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science & Policy from California State University, Long Beach where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was selected as the Department’s Outstanding Graduate for 2009. Paul combines his passion for the environment and desire to explore the world. He has had the pleasure of exploring 5 different continents and innumerable countries. The highlights of which have been working with communities in Kenya to drill water wells without using electricity or fuel and exploring the history and culture of China.

July 23, 2014

Angels Camp and Biggs Sign On for Baseline GHG Inventories

The SBC Climate Team has begun working with two new local governments in our region to complete baseline greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories.

SBC will be completing 2010 baseline GHG emissions inventories for Angel’s Camp and Biggs documenting emissions from the cities’ municipal operations and major GHG generating activities within each community.

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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!

July 14, 2014

Bridging the Digital Divide

Can’t get on-line? Slow connection? Help is on the way! 

Central Sierra Connect (CSC) is working to expand broadband throughout the Sierra Foothills. At a recent one-day symposium held in Tuolumne City at the Black Oak Conference Center it was made clear just how many layers of the challenge of bridging the digital divide in rural areas exist. It also crystallized how critical closing the digital gap is to economic prosperity for the Sierra Nevada region.

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Jen Rosser
Program Director

Jennifer Rosser

Program Director


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Phone: 775.842.0263

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.  

July 08, 2014

The Tough-to-Ignore Impacts of Title 24

Title 24 (aka California building standards) is a state regulation that dictates the design and construction of buildings and their associated facilities and equipment in the state of California.

All residential and non-residential buildings must comply with the code except hospitals, nursing homes, correctional centers, jails and prisons.  What does this mean for you?

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Jennifer Rosser

Program Director


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Phone: 775.842.0263

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.  

June 30, 2014

Healing through Words: an Appreciation of Terry Tempest Williams

“Our kinship with Earth must be maintained; otherwise, we will find ourselves trapped in the center of our own paved-over souls with no way out,” these are very powerful words and they belong to Terry Tempest Williams.

Williams is an award-winning author, naturalist, conservationist, and to me personally, a profound influence on my life. She will be speaking at the SBC Conference: Peak Innovation, where she will likely have an influence on your life as well. 

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Greg Jones
Vice President, Operations

Greg Jones

Vice President of Operations


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Phone: 530.582.4800

Greg is SBC’s Vice President of Operations. His responsibilities include implementation of programmatic priorities to ensure quality and timeliness as well as overseeing the financial and administrative functions of the organization.

For three years before joining SBC, Greg was instrumental in the early-stage development of two wind turbine manufacturing start-up companies in Nevada. Prior to this, Greg was the Executive Director of the Sierra Green Building Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainability and green building practices and techniques throughout the greater Sierra Nevada region. In addition, Greg has a diverse 10 year for-profit and non-profit career background in manufacturing processes, procurement, financial and economic analysis, customer service, marketing and sales, and program management and development. Greg continually chooses to work with mission-driven organizations devoted to the integration of environmental, social and economic concerns.

Personal Highlights

Greg lives in Truckee with his wife Sara and adorable identical twin girls, Cecelia and Francis. He has lived and played in the Truckee, Lake Tahoe, and Reno region for over 15 years and he counts himself fortunate to call this amazing place home. When he is not enjoying play-time with his family, Greg’s hall pass usually involves skiing in the backcountry, climbing rocks, mountain biking, or getting lost in the wilderness.

June 26, 2014

Accelerating the Business of Sierra Business Council

 

Business innovation is taking off in the Sierra. From high speed internet and crowd-funding to shared workspaces popping up all over the region, new ways to work and connect are all the rage.

So it’s fitting that Sierra Business Council (SBC) is helping lead the charge by creating a new business incubator to help accelerate entrepreneurial ventures in the greater community.

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