2018
Chris Mertens
Chris Mertens
Government Affairs Director
June 22, 2018

Diversity in the Sierra: Addressing the Green Ceiling

Environmentalists and outdoor enthusiasts in the Sierra Nevada have no shortage of passion, knowledge of the region, and connection to the landscape. I am inspired and lucky to work and play with these people on a daily basis.

There is, however, one attribute this group is unavoidably lacking: diversity.

Dialogue about diversity in the outdoors and environmental field is a hot topic both statewide and nationally.

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Conner Rettig
Conner Rettig
Collaborative Solar Program Fellow
June 19, 2018

Mining Gold From the Sun: Local Energy for Local Economies

Beyond initiating California’s statehood, along with its distinct entrepreneurial culture and independent character, the 1849 Gold Rush was one of the most influential events in American history. Much like in 1849 though, the high-tech sector in 2018 is continuing to accumulate the majority of wealth into only a handful of areas.

Only very recently promoted in terms of local economic development, solar energy is not only the most viable opportunity for energy independence, but can also help structurally rebuild community wealth in rural California.

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Kerri Timmer
Vice President Climate and Energy

Kerri Timmer

Vice President, Climate & Energy



As Vice President of Climate & Energy, 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.

June 06, 2018

Big News: Prop 68 Passed!

We have much to be grateful for in the Sierra and across the state, thanks to last night’s passage of Proposition 68, the $4 billion bond measure placed on yesterday’s ballot by the state Legislature to safeguard our water, parks, and natural resources.

Voters across the state reinforced the importance of protecting our future and working together for a more inclusive, equitable, and forward-looking conservation movement when they pulled the metaphorical lever in favor of Prop. 68.

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Justine Quealy
Climate Planning Technician

Kerri Timmer

Vice President, Climate & Energy



As Vice President of Climate & Energy, 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.

June 01, 2018

Gardening in the Sierra: Water Wise and Fire Safe

I inherited my love and knowledge of plants from my dad, a retired landscape architect. I grew up tagging along with him to many job sites in the Sacramento region, and it instilled in me an appreciation of beautiful plants and landscaping. When combined with my environmental sustainability background along with my understanding of the importance of water efficient gardens, an enthusiastic amateur water-wise landscape designer emerges.

Many landscaping experts who design in the Sierra Nevada recommend planting native plants for two main reasons: water efficiency and fire safety, both of which are equally important in our drought and wildfire sensitive region.

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Nikki Caravelli
Climate Technician & Sierra CAMP Project Manager

Kerri Timmer

Vice President, Climate & Energy



As Vice President of Climate & Energy, 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.

May 25, 2018

Why Sierra Businesses, Nonprofits and Governments are Jumping on the Prop 68 Bandwagon

June 5th is just around the corner, so here’s what you need to know about all the folks in the Sierra who are supporting the $4billion bond measure Proposition 68, and why you should too.

And just so I can get this off my chest from the start, there are literally no dollars for dams whatsoever in the bond measure. Believe me - I’ve actually read the entire 15,000+ word bill text.

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