2020
Carissa Bradley
Carissa Bradley
CivicSpark Climate Fellow
January 10, 2020

Microgrids: What are They and Can They Increase Resiliency in Sierra Communities?

Have you heard the term “microgrid” being tossed around recently? It’s a term that has gained renewed popularity in response to Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS), wildfires and other disasters affecting California landscapes.

It’s no secret that during the 2019 PSPS events, more than 1 million Californians were left without power with effects that trickled down much further than most could have predicted. 

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2019
Justine Quealy
Justine Quealy
Climate Planning Technician
December 28, 2019

Meeting Our Climate Goals with the Help of TOU Rates This New Year

One year ago, California established an ambitious goal of 100 percent use of zero-emission energy sources for electricity by 2045, along with an executive order from Governor Jerry Brown calling for statewide carbon neutrality by the same year. These goals will be met by increasing the efficiency of energy use and increasing the supply of renewable energy. California residents have a key role in helping the state achieve these energy goals, and one way is to shift practices and behaviors to better manage not only the amount of electricity used, but also when electricity is used.

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Chris Mertens
Chris Mertens
Government Affairs Director
November 27, 2019

Breaking Down Wildfire: How Did We Get Here and What Should We Do About It?

It was a seemingly straightforward question from a close friend of mine, “Why are these wildfires getting worse and what are we doing about it”? At some point during my stammering, convoluted, and completely uninsightful response I realized that my job leads me to dig so deeply into the nuanced details of issues like wildfire and climate change that I’m awful at explaining what the heck is going on to anyone outside of my professional bubble. This blog is an attempt to fix that.

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Nikki Caravelli
Nikki Caravelli
Climate Technician & Sierra CAMP Project Manager
October 31, 2019

How a Circular Economy Could Change the World

In my previous academic life at Williams College, I was fascinated with this question: how does a person’s way of thinking shape the way they interact with the environment? In pursuit of systemic solutions to environmental issues and sustainability, I ultimately majored in Anthropology and minored in Environmental Studies, and though it pained my youthful anarchist mind, I also saw economics as a key to understanding how the world works – though I didn’t major in it.

One of my all-time favorite classes was Environmental Economics 101, where we studied how it is that economic systems of production and consumption lead to environmental problems – and how to solve them.

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Ben Maritato
Ben Maritato
Climate Planning Technician
October 21, 2019

5 Easy Ways to Green Your Business

SBC recently launched the Sierra Green Business Network, a regional affiliate of the statewide California Green Business Network. The program provides local businesses with free environmental consulting services to help them earn their Green Business Certification.

The certification comes with a myriad of benefits, including a window cling to identify their certification to the public, a framed certificate, access to our predeveloped Green Business Marketing Toolkit, a listing on the Shop Green App (available in the App Store), promotion in our own outreach and being part of a statewide network of over 4,000 like minded businesses.

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