2015
Jen Rosser
Jen Rosser
Program Director
December 17, 2015

Climate Change Awareness: A Look at the Numbers

I have to admit that in 2007, I knew very little about climate change. I had certainly heard of it, but at the time didn’t consider how serious of an issue it is. In the last eight years I have learned a lot more about it, and for the past five years I have been working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by helping local businesses reduce their energy use through SBC's Sierra Nevada Energy Watch program.

It seems as though my awareness, and thus my level of concern, in 2007 lined up pretty well with the majority of people on earth. 

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Angelo Genasci
Angelo Genasci
Development Director
December 11, 2015

Those Millenials and their "Walkability": A Look into My Generation's Impact

There seems to be quite a bit of interest in my generation these days: What do Millennials like? What type of work environments do Millennials perform best in? Where do Millennials prefer to live? How are Millennials different than the Baby Boomers?

As I frequently travel the Interstate 80 corridor from San Francisco to Reno, what fascinates me most about my generation is how we are influencing city and town planners.The developers and local governments appear to be thinking differently, more sustainably, about new development or redevelopment in order to attract our generation to their respective communities.

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Leanne Kuchar
Leanne Kuchar
Office and Operations Manager
December 04, 2015

Sierra vs. Sierras: Not Just Another Tomato, Tomahto


I say tomato you say tomahto. Potato, Potahto. But what about Sierra, Sierras?

The word, "Sierra" is a Spanish word meaning “range of mountains”. Therefore with my understanding, Sierra is already plural and does not to be pluralized with a ‘s’.

If one says ‘the Sierras’ it would literally be saying ‘the mountainses’, which I think we can all agree is not a word.

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Emily Kornhauser
Emily Kornhauser
Sierra SBDC Administrative Assistant
November 18, 2015

Opting Out: REI Finds Influence in the Triple Bottom Line

On November 27th, the day after Thanksgiving, more recently known as Black Friday, REI will be closing all 143 of their stores. Instead of encouraging the typical Black Friday pushing and shoving for the best deals inside stores, they are paying their employees and encouraging their members and the public to #OptOutside. 

This decision is rooted in REI’s mission: “inspiring, educating and outfitting our more than 5.5 million active members and customers for a lifetime of outdoor adventures and stewardship.”

#OptOutside is the perfect example of using the triple bottom line to drive company decisions.

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Paul Ahrns
Paul Ahrns
Program Director
November 12, 2015

Could this be the most important international agreement on climate change to date?

Earlier this year, one of most important international agreements to affect the future of our planet was announced on a sleepy September day.

You might have heard about it, though likely it quickly passed you by.

On September 25th, the leaders of the two largest economies in the world agreed to move decisively on implementing strategies needed to meet their ambitious GHG reduction goals announced last year.

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