2018
Chris Mertens
Chris Mertens
Government Affairs Director
December 14, 2018

Don't Miss the Next Storm: Tips and Resources for Tracking Sierra Snow

Last week, I experienced the moment that every skier and snowboarder yearns for during a long summer of BBQs, boardshorts, and warmth: the first turns of the ski season. This season’s first day did not disappoint as there is a lot of fluffy powder to enjoy. In fact, some Tahoe-Truckee region ski resorts already have snowpacks that are 108% of average for this time of year! 

As a snowboarder, I’ve become a bit of a snow forecasting nerd. Knowing that many other “powder hounds” are out there, I thought I’d share some of the resources I use to predict when and where the best fluff is going to fall.

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Jessica Carr
Jessica Carr
Program Manager
December 11, 2018

Holiday Shopping: Let's Keep it Local and Keep it Friendly

We all move through the world as a customer of some kind. From ordering a coffee at the corner store to spending two hours on the phone with your internet provider (talk about fun!) every one of us are customers, clients, consumers of products.

Many of us are also customer service providers -- even the most technical of jobs can require some level of customer service, even when it’s not the central focus of your position.

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Simone Cordery-Cotter
Simone Cordery-Cotter
CivicSpark AmeriCorps Fellow, Climate Planning
December 06, 2018

Will Climate Change Unite the Sierra Nevada?

Climate change isn’t happening in a vacuum. Its impacts have rippled both directly and indirectly into the public conscious and daily lives, ingraining a daunting challenge while offering a thrilling opportunity.

There are few things that can unite a region as ideologically diverse and geographically isolated as the Sierra Nevada in the way that climate change is bringing people, along with their varying interests, together.

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Peter Brown
Peter Brown
CivicSpark AmeriCorps Fellow: Gold Country Broadband Consortium
November 16, 2018

The Net Neutrality Fight in Sacramento: Six FAQs

As the fight between California and the FCC heats up, more people are trying to wrap their heads around this complex issue.

As the recent CivicSpark AmeriCorps addition to SBC’s Gold Country Broadband Consortium, I felt it my duty to dig in.

Below I’ve listed a few common questions that seem to keep popping up and will do my best to give straight answers.

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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.

November 07, 2018

A Look at the Prop 3 Results: On Our Way to a New Normal

In June SBC was thrilled beyond belief when the $4 billion parks and water bond – Prop. 68 – passed. We wish we were celebrating again this morning for passage of Prop. 3, the $8.9 billion water bond on yesterday’s ballot; but alas, that will have to wait for another morning. With votes still being counted, Prop. 3 appears to have gone down 47.6% in favor to 52.4% against.

Unfortunately for the Sierra, that means we will miss out on an additional $350 million (on top of the secured $142 million from Prop. 68) directed specifically to our region to protect and restore the forested watersheds where 60% of the state’s water comes from.

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