2015
Nicole Benter
Senior Program Director

Nicole Benter

Senior Program Director

 

Currently serving as Senior Program Director for the Sierra Business Council, Nicole directs and oversees a variety of projects including the Sierra Nevada Geotourism project. Nicole’s wide range of professional experience includes environmental analysis for Patagonia Inc., launching two businesses, sustainable business practices researcher and consultant, LEED certification project manager, and science teacher.

Nicole holds a Masters degree in Environmental Science and Management, with a specialization in Green Innovation and Business, as well as a Masters degree in teaching. Her Bachelors of Science is from the University of Michigan, where she double majored in Environmental Policy and Behavior and Resource Ecology and Management. Nicole brings a passion for working towards a balanced and prosperous Sierra Nevada region, and believes in educating and empowering others with the tools necessary to make positive change.

Personal Highlights:

Nicole has a deep love for back-country skiing, rock climbing granite cracks, and swimming in alpine lakes.  She also contributes time to working in a Maasai village in Tanzania, Africa - focusing on education, health, a women's center, and support systems

July 21, 2015

The Sierra Nevada Geotourism Auction: Explore the Sierra Like Never Before

What kind of travel are you craving this season?

Would you like someone to put together fun exploration packages for you through out the Sierra that you can get at amazing prices, while supporting a project that helps small businesses and communities get a little of that tourism love? 

Well, we’re happy to say, we’ve done it!

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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.  

June 25, 2015

What Exactly is Time Varying Pricing? 

Time varying pricing is a method for reducing demand for electricity on California’s electricity grid.

It’s really pretty simple: the highest demand on the electricity grid is typically during peak afternoon times when most people are using a lot of energy at work or at home. In order to avoid black outs from too much demand at one time on the grid, utilities use different prices for energy at different times of the day.

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Kristin York
Director of Business Innovation

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.  

June 12, 2015

Where Does Your Money Sleep at Night?

The Power of Impact Investing

I have a dream where people invest in local equitable capital markets that enhance the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of all in the community.

A dream where we think first about social impact and then about the economic return. Where impact investing is the norm, not the exception.

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Brittany Todd
Communications Manager

Brittany Todd

Communications Manager

 

Brittany comes to SBC a Sierra newby after moving from her home city of Seattle. There she earned a BA from Seattle University in Environmental Studies, specializing in Environmental Education and Communication and minored in Psychology. Growing up a child of the Pacific Northwest, Brittany has loved being in the natural world since a young age and was drawn to the Sierra Nevada lifestyle after visiting friends in 2011. A year later, she has moved herself and her dog to Truckee. Prior to relocating, Brittany worked with Seattle Tilth, a non-profit organization dedicated to urban and sustainable agriculture. There she worked both as a teacher in their children's garden and as a mentor to teens participating in a work study program on an urban Seattle farm. At Sierra Business Council, she is thrilled to be working on the Sierra Nevada Geotourism project as well as within the Communications department.


Personal Highlights:

Brittany is truly appreciating the Tahoe lifestyle. She enjoys spending her free time out of doors, whether the activity be snowboarding, kayaking, playing soccer, backpacking, walking her dog, or just being. Her enthusiasm for environmental education was established by a study-abroad trip to Patagonia where she spent 8 weeks backpacking and gaining field experience. She looks forward to more travels and experiential learning in her future. 

June 05, 2015

Swinging for the Fences: SBC Partners with the Reno Aces

When you think of Sierra Business Council, baseball probably isn’t the first thing to come to mind. Hopefully, you think of Sierra Nevada economic development, community vitality, and environmental regard.

This summer though, baseball is joining the mix. That’s right: we’re swinging for the fences in our efforts to let more people know about the work SBC does in the region, and baseball fans have the opportunity to give a little in return just by attending a game on July 6th.

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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.

June 03, 2015

From Planning to Action: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

As Program Director, Nicholas Martin recently discussed, our climate planning team has completed energy reduction strategies for five local governments in our region.

We are pleased to report that as of last Tuesday, all five of the jurisdictions have approved or accepted the proposed energy reduction strategies.

As a refresher, the local governments included in that list of five are Nevada City, Jackson, Plymouth, Loomis, and Amador County.

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