2017
Nikki Caravelli
Nikki Caravelli
Sierra CAMP & Climate Planning Project Assistant; CivicSpark AmeriCorps Fellow
February 02, 2017

Food for Thought: Mitigating Climate Change Through Sustenance

Regardless of their feelings about the scientific consensus (hint, it’s verified), people are at least familiar with the concept of climate change, that the evidence points to fossil fuels being to blame, and that small acts like turning off lights seem to help. We know about climate change, we know about its causes and effects, and we have a pretty good idea of what we’d need to do to change its course. We’ve begun the process of mitigating and adapting.

But are we doing enough?

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Becky Bell
Becky Bell
Project Manager
January 24, 2017

Finding Backcountry Bliss in the Sierra

Climbing for hours, we take turns breaking trail through fresh snow. Surrounded by Ponderosa pine and towering peaks, the mountain chickadees and our rhythmic climbing stride hypnotizes me, sending me deeper into my surroundings.

Finally, at the top, I catch my breath, up here where the angels breathe. Conditions are perfect. The air is cold, the snow pack stable, and a gentle breeze sends whimsical clouds dancing across the mirrored lake below. We’ve been monitoring the Sierra Avalanche Center website since the first snowfall of the season, and practicing rescue scenarios with our avalanche beacons.

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Brittany Benesi
Communications Director

Brittany Benesi

Communications Director

Brittany Benesi is the Communications Director for Sierra Business Council, promoting programmatic work that catalyzes community, economic, and environmental vitality throughout the Sierra Nevada. Originally from Seattle, Brittany has lived and worked in the Truckee/Tahoe area for the past four years. While finishing her degree, Brittany worked as a Youth Mentor with Seattle Tilth’s Youth Garden Works Program, helping homeless and disadvantaged adolescents develop job skills through urban agriculture. Once in Tahoe, Brittany started her work with Sierra Business Council as a Communications Intern and quickly made her mark with her focus on positivity, team building, and a commitment to the triple bottom line. Brittany is a graduate of Seattle University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies, a specialization in Education and Communications and a minor in Psychology. 

Personal Highlights:

As a child of the Pacific Northwest, Brittany grew up with a full appreciation for the natural world and the amazing recreating opportunities found therein. As a Sierra Nevada resident, Brittany especially enjoys running, hiking, snowboarding, stand up paddle boarding, and any time she gets to be outside with her husband, Steven, and canine companion, Shasta.

January 13, 2017

Mountain Grit Meets Personal Identity in the First Snowpocalypse of 2017

I’m going to admit something that would almost certainly have me derided on a certain beloved community Facebook group, but here it is: I am not a Tahoe local. I’m technically what one might call a “city girl”. 

Where I grew up, we didn’t get much snow. Seattle is one of those cities in the U.S. that mountain communities can’t help but giggle at, the ones where three inches of powder shuts down all traffic, all schools, and all businesses. I knew I wasn’t used to the snow when my now-husband and I moved to Truckee in October 2012. I was sure looking forward to it though...

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Leanne Kuchar
Office and Operations Manager

Brittany Benesi

Communications Director

Brittany Benesi is the Communications Director for Sierra Business Council, promoting programmatic work that catalyzes community, economic, and environmental vitality throughout the Sierra Nevada. Originally from Seattle, Brittany has lived and worked in the Truckee/Tahoe area for the past four years. While finishing her degree, Brittany worked as a Youth Mentor with Seattle Tilth’s Youth Garden Works Program, helping homeless and disadvantaged adolescents develop job skills through urban agriculture. Once in Tahoe, Brittany started her work with Sierra Business Council as a Communications Intern and quickly made her mark with her focus on positivity, team building, and a commitment to the triple bottom line. Brittany is a graduate of Seattle University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies, a specialization in Education and Communications and a minor in Psychology. 

Personal Highlights:

As a child of the Pacific Northwest, Brittany grew up with a full appreciation for the natural world and the amazing recreating opportunities found therein. As a Sierra Nevada resident, Brittany especially enjoys running, hiking, snowboarding, stand up paddle boarding, and any time she gets to be outside with her husband, Steven, and canine companion, Shasta.

January 05, 2017

The Future: Now Arriving with Smart Home Technology

One of my favorite shows growing up was The Jetsons.

I’m sure many of you will agree, the ability to walk through a machine and be fully washed and dressed was a pretty cool concept. While that morning-routine machine has yet to come to realization, we may be closer to The Jetsons’ technology than we think as Smart Home technology continues to expand and innovate.

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2016
Jessica Carr
Program Manager

Brittany Benesi

Communications Director

Brittany Benesi is the Communications Director for Sierra Business Council, promoting programmatic work that catalyzes community, economic, and environmental vitality throughout the Sierra Nevada. Originally from Seattle, Brittany has lived and worked in the Truckee/Tahoe area for the past four years. While finishing her degree, Brittany worked as a Youth Mentor with Seattle Tilth’s Youth Garden Works Program, helping homeless and disadvantaged adolescents develop job skills through urban agriculture. Once in Tahoe, Brittany started her work with Sierra Business Council as a Communications Intern and quickly made her mark with her focus on positivity, team building, and a commitment to the triple bottom line. Brittany is a graduate of Seattle University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies, a specialization in Education and Communications and a minor in Psychology. 

Personal Highlights:

As a child of the Pacific Northwest, Brittany grew up with a full appreciation for the natural world and the amazing recreating opportunities found therein. As a Sierra Nevada resident, Brittany especially enjoys running, hiking, snowboarding, stand up paddle boarding, and any time she gets to be outside with her husband, Steven, and canine companion, Shasta.

December 16, 2016

Shine a Light on Local Businesses this Holiday Season 

Build a DIY Economy

 

This holiday season, perhaps more than ever, the Sierra Small Business Development Center and Sierra Business Council are focusing on appreciating the businesses and organizations that light up our communities. Like the late, great, Leonard Cohen said, “Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”

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