2019
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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Carissa Bradley
Carissa Bradley
CivicSpark Climate Fellow
October 18, 2019

Why I'm Choosing a Career in Public Service and Think Others Should Too

Public service manifests itself in many different forms. Some find themselves getting involved in their child’s PTA, volunteering at their local food bank, deciding to run for their local city council, or joining our armed forces. For me, I joined CivicSpark, an AmeriCorp public service program that has brought me here to Sierra Business Council.

For the next 11 months, I will be serving as a CivicSpark Climate Fellow managing projects to build capacity for local governments in the Sierra Nevada.

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Jessica Carr
Jessica Carr
Program Manager
October 10, 2019

Doing Business Through a Public Safety Power Shutoff

Small business owners are facing new challenges in California. In addition to preparing for wildfire and beefing up their business resilience preparation, small business owners and home-based businesses now must also prepare for extended power outages. This type of interruption can be devastating to the bottom line of small businesses.

We believe that these businesses are the backbone of our rural communities. SB Sierra Small Business Development Center is here to help.

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