2013
Timothy Dondero
September 10, 2013

A Call for "Second Responders" to the Rim Fire

As I sit and write in Sonora CA, the thermo-cumulos clouds from the Rim Fire continue to spew smoke throughout the Sierra.

As they do, the effectiveness of the first responders from 48 States and the money spent to fight the battle ($100 Million so far) are apparent:  Highway 120 has re-opened and individuals in surrounding communities are beginning to breathe a collective sigh of relief as they head back to school and work. 

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Ian Nimmo
Ian Nimmo
Project Manager
September 06, 2013

Downtown Light Swap a Success!


The Save Twice: Light Swap in downtown Auburn was a big success! 

Through our Sierra Nevada Energy Watch program, which gives out rebate dollars for energy efficiency projects, the Light Swap program focused on small retail customers who had existing halogen and incandescent track lighting.  

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Kerri Timmer
Vice President Climate and Energy

Kerri Timmer

Vice President, Climate & Energy



As Vice President of Climate & Energy, Kerri works in partnership with local, regional, state and federal agencies and officials to advance sustainable communities strategies, climate action planning, energy efficiency programs and other SBC activities.

Kerri is a communications and management specialist with more than 25 years of public- and private- sector experience in community and government relations, business communications, land and water conservation, and nonprofit management and capacity building.  Prior to joining SBC, Kerri spent six years with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, where she served most recently as that agency’s Regional Policy and Program Manager.  Before that, she was Executive Director of a non-profit conservation group, operated her own consulting practice where she cultivated relationships with watershed organizations, land trusts and other community groups within and outside the Sierra, and served as account executive and creative director for a community and government relations firm in San Francisco.  Kerri holds a B.A. in English Literature from San Francisco State University and a certificate in Land Use and Natural Resources planning through UC Davis Extension.  Kerri has also authored a number of publications addressing land and water conservation and community sustainability issues in the Sierra Nevada. 

Personal Highlights

Kerri and her husband John live in the foothills of the western Sierra Nevada, where they enjoy hiking, biking, boating, camping and hosting backyard barbeques for friends and family.

September 04, 2013

The Public Speaks ...

Will Kern County Listen?

The Kern County Council of Governments (COG) has conducted robust outreach the past few years to identify priorities for how far and how fast the county should grow.

In response, the people of Kern County have made themselves clear.

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Emily Dondero
Project Manager

Kerri Timmer

Vice President, Climate & Energy



As Vice President of Climate & Energy, Kerri works in partnership with local, regional, state and federal agencies and officials to advance sustainable communities strategies, climate action planning, energy efficiency programs and other SBC activities.

Kerri is a communications and management specialist with more than 25 years of public- and private- sector experience in community and government relations, business communications, land and water conservation, and nonprofit management and capacity building.  Prior to joining SBC, Kerri spent six years with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, where she served most recently as that agency’s Regional Policy and Program Manager.  Before that, she was Executive Director of a non-profit conservation group, operated her own consulting practice where she cultivated relationships with watershed organizations, land trusts and other community groups within and outside the Sierra, and served as account executive and creative director for a community and government relations firm in San Francisco.  Kerri holds a B.A. in English Literature from San Francisco State University and a certificate in Land Use and Natural Resources planning through UC Davis Extension.  Kerri has also authored a number of publications addressing land and water conservation and community sustainability issues in the Sierra Nevada. 

Personal Highlights

Kerri and her husband John live in the foothills of the western Sierra Nevada, where they enjoy hiking, biking, boating, camping and hosting backyard barbeques for friends and family.

August 30, 2013

My Local Perspective
on the Rim Fire

I grew up in Calaveras County.  Like all Calaveras kids, I developed this really odd skill of smelling and detecting fire smoke.  Also like all Calaveras kids, I grew up with friends whose parents were fire fighters and Forest Service employees. 

Many dinner conversations were about forest management, and we all grew up knowing that life in the Sierra Nevada is interconnected with the health of our forests and watersheds. 

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Relating to:
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.

 

August 28, 2013

Sierra Fires Highlight Urgent Need for Upper Watershed Care

As the massive Rim Fire continues to consume power lines and structures in its path, the potentially bigger story is that it is threatening delivery of water and power to San Francisco, the East Bay and hundreds of square miles of farmland. 

Rarely has the connection between rural natural resources, water security and urban prosperity been so abundantly clear.

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