2015
Ian Nimmo
Ian Nimmo
Project Manager
April 10, 2015

Have You Heard of Aquaponics?

As the 4th year of the drought in California lingers on, it’s not uncommon to be a little concerned about our food and water future.

On the bright side, I think it’s also a great time to highlight a promising farming technique and stir up some excitement!

This technique is called Aquaponics and it is the combination of aquaculture and hydroponics. Aquaponics systems have a huge opportunity in California because they use up to 90% less water than conventional farming.

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Evan Pierce
Evan Pierce
Planning Assistant - CivicSpark Americorps Member
April 03, 2015

Snow as a Battery?

I know what you’re thinking, but no, I’m not going to show you a video of someone powering an incandescent bulb by plugging it into a snowball.

Rather, I am going to draw a serious analogy illustrating the importance of snowpack. So, what is a battery?

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Paul Ahrns
Program Director

Paul Ahrns

Program Director

Paul grew up in Nevada City, spending his summers exploring the mountains and valleys around Truckee. His summers in the Sierra fostered his passion for protecting and sustaining the natural wealth and beauty of the Sierra Nevada region. Paul returned home to the region in 2010 to join the Climate Planning team and work on the first phase of the Green Communities Program. Paul has served as a Planning Technician and Project Manager for the Climate Planning team providing technical expertise and project management support to assist over 30 local governments, special districts and private developers with climate planning assistance. Paul brings his experience in sustainability, planning, community engagement and project management to his new role as the Climate Planning Program Director for the Sierra Business Council.

Personal Highlights:

Paul earned his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science & Policy from California State University, Long Beach where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was selected as the Department’s Outstanding Graduate for 2009. Paul combines his passion for the environment and desire to explore the world. He has had the pleasure of exploring 5 different continents and more countries than he can keep track off. The highlights of which have been working with communities in Kenya to drill water wells without using electricity or fuel and exploring the incredible history and culture of China.

March 27, 2015

Going Solar in the Sierra

Today, I would like to share my personal story of considering solar installation at my childhood home in Nevada City.

This is a scenario I’m guessing is quite familiar to residents of the Sierra, considering our region’s ample supply of sunny days.

Our family first considered...

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Bowen Humphreys
Project Manager

Paul Ahrns

Program Director

Paul grew up in Nevada City, spending his summers exploring the mountains and valleys around Truckee. His summers in the Sierra fostered his passion for protecting and sustaining the natural wealth and beauty of the Sierra Nevada region. Paul returned home to the region in 2010 to join the Climate Planning team and work on the first phase of the Green Communities Program. Paul has served as a Planning Technician and Project Manager for the Climate Planning team providing technical expertise and project management support to assist over 30 local governments, special districts and private developers with climate planning assistance. Paul brings his experience in sustainability, planning, community engagement and project management to his new role as the Climate Planning Program Director for the Sierra Business Council.

Personal Highlights:

Paul earned his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science & Policy from California State University, Long Beach where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was selected as the Department’s Outstanding Graduate for 2009. Paul combines his passion for the environment and desire to explore the world. He has had the pleasure of exploring 5 different continents and more countries than he can keep track off. The highlights of which have been working with communities in Kenya to drill water wells without using electricity or fuel and exploring the incredible history and culture of China.

March 24, 2015

Could Al Gore Have Been Right? A Reflection on Ski Lift Conversations

The first time it happened, I was at Alpine Meadows halfway up the mountain on the Summit chairlift. One of the skiers situated next to me turns and says, 

“You know, I’ve never believed in all that global warming nonsense. But with the snowpack in such a bad condition as it is, I’m starting to think that maybe Al Gore was right.”

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Nicholas Martin
Program Director

Paul Ahrns

Program Director

Paul grew up in Nevada City, spending his summers exploring the mountains and valleys around Truckee. His summers in the Sierra fostered his passion for protecting and sustaining the natural wealth and beauty of the Sierra Nevada region. Paul returned home to the region in 2010 to join the Climate Planning team and work on the first phase of the Green Communities Program. Paul has served as a Planning Technician and Project Manager for the Climate Planning team providing technical expertise and project management support to assist over 30 local governments, special districts and private developers with climate planning assistance. Paul brings his experience in sustainability, planning, community engagement and project management to his new role as the Climate Planning Program Director for the Sierra Business Council.

Personal Highlights:

Paul earned his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science & Policy from California State University, Long Beach where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was selected as the Department’s Outstanding Graduate for 2009. Paul combines his passion for the environment and desire to explore the world. He has had the pleasure of exploring 5 different continents and more countries than he can keep track off. The highlights of which have been working with communities in Kenya to drill water wells without using electricity or fuel and exploring the incredible history and culture of China.

March 17, 2015

AB 32: Cash No Longer a Promise, Now a Reality

Promises can only go so far before they need to be followed through on. When a friend promises to pay you back for a dinner you paid for last week, then 4 weeks go by without payment, there comes a time when your friend needs to make good on the promise. 

It has now been almost a decade since Assembly Bill 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, was passed into law.

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