2015
Olivia Hara
Olivia Hara
Planning Assistant - CivicSpark AmeriCorps Member
March 09, 2015

Still Drowning in Dry: The Current State of California's Drought

Envision your daily routine; taking a shower, having coffee, eating some fruit, driving to work...Imagine what your daily routine would be like with a drastic reduction of water or even no water; probably won’t be showering every day or drinking coffee, maybe you won’t even have your fruit because it is too expensive to purchase.

It’s hard to imagine the full scope of what our lives would be like with little to no water involved in it, yet this is something that Californians are quickly starting to experience—no imagination necessary.

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Kriselda Bautista
Kriselda Bautista
Planning Technician
March 05, 2015

Tripping Over Green Guilt: A Look at the Value of Carbon Offsetting

I was recently planning a trip to the Bay Area, desperately in need of the city air and life.

I didn't want to feel guilty about it though. As a self-proclaimed environmental steward, it felt like a cardinal sin to make the 400 mile trip. All I could think about was how much carbon I was going to be dumping in the air, so to appease my mind I looked into what others were doing about their "green guilt". 

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Jen Rosser
Jen Rosser
Program Director
February 25, 2015

Following the Seasons: Veggies for your Sierra Garden


It may only be February, but it’s not too early to start thinking about your summer vegetable garden!

If you are growing vegetables in the Sierra foothills or Reno, it’s worth keeping in mind that many vegetables can be grown outside during even the coldest winter months. 

However, with March only a few days away, let’s dive into what you can already start planting for the spring and summer.

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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.

February 17, 2015

Collecting Public Input in the Sierra: Challenges and Opportunities

As you know, SBC has been working with Nevada City, Loomis, Jackson, Plymouth and Amador County on energy plans with local strategies and actions to promote cost-effective energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation in our communities. 

As part of this process, SBC in partnership with local government staff hosted two rounds of in-person study sessions.

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Leanne Kuchar
Office and Operations 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.

February 10, 2015

The Greener Side of Drones

Imagine being able to see a unique perspective of the Sierra Nevada by exploring inaccessible wilderness areas.

Sounds pretty incredible, right?

These unique views would typically be impossible without the use of a plane, helicopter, or balloon. Through the use of drones, however, such has become not only possible but also easily accessible for the general public.

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