2014
Alicia Powers
Alicia Powers
Project Manager
March 07, 2014

Embracing The Next Big Thing

The “next big thing” has always raised a red flag for me. In my experience, that promise rarely holds a candle to the tried and true alternative.

There is, however, at least one “next big thing” that is gaining steam exponentially in our nation and will soon be impacting every business, home, camping trip, and holiday.

I’m talking about LED lighting.

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Bowen Humphreys
Bowen Humphreys
Project Manager
March 05, 2014

Sustainability Math: How Cycling Makes 1+1=3

Let’s be clear, this is not some Orwellian fantasy or math fail: being sustainable can give you more than what you paid for.

You might scoff at this: how can hugging trees or lowering my carbon-emissions help me pay my bills or help enrich my community? It’s not like wearing Birkenstocks will help to save the world!

But while Birkenstocks may not save the world, the people wearing them may be on to something.

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Ian Nimmo
Ian Nimmo
Project Manager
February 28, 2014

Going Beyond Lighting with Sustainable Energy Solutions

The Sierra Business Council and the Sierra Nevada Energy Watch (SNEW) Team was very busy in early February getting ready to move forward on energy efficiency upgrades beyond lighting.

The SNEW team had an in-class and on the ground training led by Dennis Donovan, head of Sustainable Energy Solutions (SES) out of Reno.

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Jen Rosser
Jen Rosser
Program Director
February 24, 2014

Climate Change and Ski Towns

 

I was listening to NPR last week, and I heard that if we continue emitting greenhouse gases at our current rate, one third of the creatures in the ocean will become extinct by the end of this century.

That was a pretty dramatic visual for me, so then I started to think about the visuals in my own backyard that look like climate change: namely, very little snow in Truckee and erratic weather. I don’t like to admit it, but I believe that’s what’s going on. So I did a little research on climate change's impacts on ski towns.

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Steve Frisch
President

Steve Frisch

President

Steve is President of Sierra Business Council and one of its founding members. Over the last 20 years Sierra Business Council has leveraged more than $100 million of investment in the Sierra Nevada and its communities through community and public-private partnerships.  Sierra Business Council also manages the Sierra Small Business Development Center focusing on advancing sustainable business practices and linking new and expanding businesses to climate mitigation and adaptation funding. Steve manages SBC’s staff and programmatic development.

Prior to joining the Sierra Business Council, Steve owned and operated a small business in Truckee. Steve serves on the board of the California Stewardship Network, the Large Landscape Practitioners Network, the National Geographic Geo-tourism Council, Capital Public Radio, and Leadership For Jobs and a New Economy.  Steve is also a former Fulbright Exchange Program Fellow, sharing information and knowledge gained in the Sierra Nevada in China and Mongolia.  Steve is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Political Science.

 

Personal Highlights:

Steve lives in Truckee with his wife Lisa. He is an avid reader of history, politics, community planning and Sierra issues. Steve enjoys traveling the back roads, connecting to local history, camping and cooking.

 

February 13, 2014

2014 Water Bond Update

Fifteen years ago, when 20 Sierra-based organizations -- including Sierra Business Council -- started working to create a Sierra Nevada Conservancy, the primary reason was that our region, the source of 60% of California’s developed water supply, received only about 2% of resource bond funding.

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