2015
Emily Kornhauser
Emily Kornhauser
Sierra SBDC Administrative Assistant
April 17, 2015

Celebrating Earth Day, the Workplace Way


There’s something I feel I should get off my chest: I am a self-proclaimed Earth conscious person, yet I tend to fall short each year on Earth Day.

It’s a day that celebrates the birth of the modern American environmental movement and pays homage to the pioneers who had holistic and sustainable visions for our planet before this, and somehow I always seem to miss it.

This year I’ve challenged myself to extend an Earth Day celebration beyond my home life and into the workplace.

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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
Paul Ahrns
Program Director
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
Bowen Humphreys
Project Manager
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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