2019
Nikki Caravelli
Nikki Caravelli
Climate Technician & Sierra CAMP Project Manager
July 12, 2019

Tiger's Nest and Wise Coyotes: A Look at Bhutan and the Sierra Nevada

In early June, I had the awe-inspiring experience of visiting Bhutan, a small rural Vajrayana Buddhist country located in the Himalaya between Tibet, Nepal and India. Bhutan is the only country in the world that uses Gross National Happiness (GNH) instead of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to measure its progress.

As I trekked across the western, more developed side of the country, snapping photos of dzongs (fortresses), fertility temples, prayer flags and lush rhododendrons, I couldn’t help but notice the many similarities between Bhutan’s governance approach and SBC’s triple-bottom-line approach.

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BJ Schmitt
BJ Schmitt
Analyst and Planning Technician
June 21, 2019

Building Personal Resilience in the Era of Climate Change

This past spring, I attended the National Adaptation Forum in Madison, WI, which included a sessions on Resilience for Climate Change Professionals. Resilience is the ability to recover quickly from difficulties. Whether we’re working in a climate-related field or not, we could all use this capacity, and we need good strategies to help us.

In climate-adaptation work, resilience is about helping communities prepare for unknown threats expected from climate crises - rapid, constant change and great uncertainty. The opacity of the future makes planning all the more difficult.

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Peter Brown
Peter Brown
CivicSpark AmeriCorps Fellow: Gold Country Broadband Consortium
June 11, 2019

Rural Broadband Access, or Lack Thereof: How Did We Get Here?

A great number of residents of the Sierra Nevada, like so many rural Americans, remain without adequate, reasonably priced connections to the Internet. Given the dominance of this technology in our economy and culture, and the seeming ease with which others can get connected, it is well worth wondering why high-speed internet is either inaccessible, overpriced, or of low quality for so many people in this otherwise innovative and wealthy country. So what happened?

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Nikki Caravelli
Nikki Caravelli
Climate Technician & Sierra CAMP Project Manager
April 05, 2019

Legislative Tracking: What's Hot in California Climate Policy?

SBC’s Sierra Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership, Sierra CAMP, is currently tracking several climate change bills introduced in the legislature that we think may impact Sierra communities. I’ve laid out each of these bills below along with how they could affect your community.

For more information about these bills or to learn how Sierra Business Council’s Government Affairs team is taking action, contact our Government Affairs Director, Chris Mertens at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Simone Cordery-Cotter
Simone Cordery-Cotter
CivicSpark AmeriCorps Fellow, Climate Planning
April 02, 2019

The Sticky Intersection of Wages and Housing

This is part 2 of a 3 part series on California's rural housing crisis. You can read part 1 of the series by clicking here

After publishing part 1 of this housing series, a reader commented inquiring about the impact wages have on the relative unattainability of housing in rural areas. I thought it was a great place to dig into for my second piece on the subject.

To their rather insightful point, since the Great Recession in 2008, wages have stagnated, and grown at just 0.2% per year while cost of living has risen more drastically

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