2017
Jessica Carr
Jessica Carr
Program Manager
April 19, 2017

A Vibrant Business Expo in South Lake Tahoe

Last month I took the beautiful drive from Truckee to South Lake Tahoe, CA to attend the Tahoe Chamber’s Business Expo at Harvey’s Lake Tahoe. I had heard about the party at the South Shore business event of the year and just had to see it for myself!

South Lake Tahoe and the surrounding areas of El Dorado County make up the southern end of the Sierra Small Business Development Center’s seven county region.

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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.

April 13, 2017

California's Fight Against Climate Change Carries On Thanks to Last Week's Court Decision

Last week California won big in its fight to address climate change. The California Third District Court of Appeal issued an April 6th ruling confirming that the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) cap-and-trade auction program is legal!

Cap-and-trade, along with a suite of complementary regulatory measures, is one of California’s primary tools to achieve critical greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions. Here’s how it works:

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Nikki Caravelli
Sierra CAMP & Climate Planning Project Assistant; CivicSpark 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.

April 06, 2017

California Climate Policy and the Sierra: One Size Does Not Fit All

Today Sierra CAMP published a policy memo discussing the reauthorization of California’s cap-and-trade system for continuation beyond 2020.

California's landmark cap-and-trade program, one of the state's most critical vehicles for addressing climate change-causing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, faces the possibility of being discontinued unless the state legislature reauthorizes cap-and-trade policy. For more information on cap-and-trade and its relevance to the Sierra, download our California Cap-and-Trade Policy and Sierra Nevada Communities fact sheet.

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Kriselda Bautista
Planning Technician

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.

March 31, 2017

Springtime's the Time to Shake Things Up: Here's How

As we forge beyond the #snowmageddon and #snowpocalypse of #flooduary and #marsh and skip happily into #aprilshowers, I am ecstatic at the sight of melting snow and flowing water springing life into the dormant dirt formerly buried beneath mounds of winter white (I’m feeling particularly alliterative today) - as equally as I am at the sight of new projects, work and movement that is shaking SBC and California (in a good way!...not in a natural disaster earthquake way).

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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.

March 24, 2017

Parks for the People: A Look into This Year's Parks Bond

With the deadline to introduce bills come and gone, we now have a better idea of our key legislative priorities for 2017. Out of 2,615 bills introduced by the recent deadline, SBC has targeted approximately 45 for further research and tracking. We will act on a subset of those once we see how each bill shapes up throughout the session.

As predicted at the end of last session, there are a few top priority issues that carried over from 2016, including, most notably, the parks bond and extension of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction cap-and-trade program.

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