2015
Paul Ahrns
Paul Ahrns
Program Director
October 02, 2015

A Catalyst for Action: The Impact of CivicSpark in the Sierra

Sierra Business Council prides itself on applying new concepts to rural issues, and the introduction of a California program focused on building capacity for local governments to address climate change this past year was no exception.

SBC hosted three CivicSpark AmeriCorps members during the inaugural year of the Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program.

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Diana Madson
Diana Madson
Government Affairs Director
September 14, 2015

The Story of SBC and the UN Climate Resilience and Economic Diversification Meeting


This November leaders from around the world will gather in Paris to discuss climate change and what the international community plans to do about it.

With global temperatures continuing to rise, many countries are already taking action to reduce their emissions.

Examples include Germany’s large scale investment in renewable energy, Bhutan’s commitment to increasing carbon storage through forests, and the United States’ Clean Power Plan, just finalized this summer.

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Nicholas Martin
Nicholas Martin
Program Director
August 26, 2015

SBC Workshop Emboldens Town of Truckee For Action on Climate Change

Do you think it is important to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions? Address climate change head-on, locally, and on your own terms?

The Town of Truckee does.

Last month the Town hosted a joint workshop between the Town Council and Planning Commission, which was open to the public, to discuss options for the Town to reduce its GHG emissions.

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Evan Pierce
Evan Pierce
Planning Assistant - CivicSpark Americorps Member
August 20, 2015

Respecting our Elders: a Unified Front on Climate Change

 

I had an interesting conversation with my boss the other day.

We were driving back from an SBC presentation in Sutter Creek, one of the jurisdictions we are trying to recruit for an energy action plan, and were in the midst of one of those conversations that can only be had on a two-plus hour ride with a trusted friend or coworker.

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Bowen Humphreys
Bowen Humphreys
Project Manager
August 13, 2015

Jobs Like Mine: A look at Critiques of The Clean Power Plan

I always have to smile when I hear someone claim that renewable energy will cost jobs or that acting to stop climate change will bring about the destruction of the U.S. economy, because I am living proof that they are wrong.

No, I’m not a superhero with mutant powers able to absorb greenhouse gasses and shoot jobs out of my wrists (that would be a brilliant idea, but Stan Lee won’t return my phone calls), I’m just a guy who counts light bulbs. I’ll get to why in a minute, but first there is some news you should know about.

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