2016
Jill Sanford
Jill Sanford
Project Assistant, Civic Spark AmeriCorps Fellow
February 04, 2016

Tourism Traffic: Can't Live With It, Can't Thrive Without It

If you listen very closely, you can hear it: the collective sigh that passes through the town of Truckee when the tourists hit I-80 and head home at the end of the weekend. Our roads were just inundated, our grocery stores crowded and picked over, our normal small town vibes overrun by the hustle and bustle of city folk.

Monday mornings find local residents basking in our vacationer-free daily routines. Our town itself goes back to normal.

It’s a funny concept in this town, though, “back to normal”.

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Pamela Stayden
Pamela Stayden
Project Manager
January 22, 2016

A Life Worth Living: Reflecting on My First Six Months at SBC

It’s been six months since I joined Sierra Business Council, and now it’s time for my first blog to appear and my words to be published.

I started off with so many ideas, wondering what the SBC blog audience would want to read about: Climate Change Conspiracies, Climategate, Denialism…but the world is full of negative opinions. Did I really want to perpetuate the negativity?

I began reading the blogs of my fellow co-workers and I immediately became inspired, and felt so honored to be part of this amazing organization.

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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.

January 19, 2016

There's a New Sheriff in Town: COP 21

And I don’t mean Paul Blart in a new “Mall Cop” movie. I’m talking about the historic international climate agreement reached in Paris last month.

COP 21 is the name given to the 21st convening of the Conference of the Parties (COP), the group of 195 countries that have ratified the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In 1994, the UNFCCC recognized: a.) recognized there was a climate problem, and b.) set the goal of stabilizing greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations to prevent climate destruction from human-caused impacts.

There is quite a bit of detail in the 29 Articles of the COP 21 Paris agreement, key highlights include:

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Kristin York
Vice President of Business Innovation

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.

January 13, 2016

Eight Ways to Raise Capital for Your Great Idea

So you've been thinking about buying or starting your own business. Maybe you even took your business plan to the bank to get a loan…and were denied.

Don't. Stop. There. When life throws you curve balls, we're here to help you knock them out of the park.

Over the past year at the Sierra Small Business Development Center (SBDC) we worked with over 250 businesses and delivered over 1,000 hours of free counseling to people just like you. Aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners who need help accessing capital. Don’t let a bank rejection get you down, there is more than one way to raise capital and launch a business.

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Jill Sanford
Project Assistant, Civic Spark AmeriCorps Fellow

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.

January 08, 2016

The Problem with the Phrase “Well Below” and Needlessly Complicated Jargon in Wake of COP21

Like all scientific fields, climatology is often explained with an abundance of technical terms and precise language. Because this science is so multifaceted, the jargon used by climate experts is complex out of necessity. I can’t help but wonder, however, if the dense nature of climate language hinders the public acceptance of this field more than helps it.

In the wake of the December climate agreement in Paris, I find myself similarly frustrated at the overly complicated descriptions of the event.

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