2018
Justine Quealy
Justine Quealy
Climate Planning Technician
June 01, 2018

Gardening in the Sierra: Water Wise and Fire Safe

I inherited my love and knowledge of plants from my dad, a retired landscape architect. I grew up tagging along with him to many job sites in the Sacramento region, and it instilled in me an appreciation of beautiful plants and landscaping. When combined with my environmental sustainability background along with my understanding of the importance of water efficient gardens, an enthusiastic amateur water-wise landscape designer emerges.

Many landscaping experts who design in the Sierra Nevada recommend planting native plants for two main reasons: water efficiency and fire safety, both of which are equally important in our drought and wildfire sensitive region.

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Nikki Caravelli
Nikki Caravelli
Climate Technician & Sierra CAMP Project Manager
May 25, 2018

Why Sierra Businesses, Nonprofits and Governments are Jumping on the Prop 68 Bandwagon

June 5th is just around the corner, so here’s what you need to know about all the folks in the Sierra who are supporting the $4billion bond measure Proposition 68, and why you should too.

And just so I can get this off my chest from the start, there are literally no dollars for dams whatsoever in the bond measure. Believe me - I’ve actually read the entire 15,000+ word bill text.

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Ben Maritato
Ben Maritato
Climate Planning Technician
May 11, 2018

The EPA and Fuel Economy Standards: The Story Behind the Headlines

You may have recently heard that head of the EPA, Scott Pruitt, announced the agency intends to roll back Obama era fuel economy standards for vehicle fleets.

There has been some confusion, including my own, about what this announcement actually means compared to how it is being portrayed in headlines. So let’s take a closer look at what was actually announced and what impacts it could have.

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Nikki Caravelli
Nikki Caravelli
Climate Technician & Sierra CAMP Project Manager
April 23, 2018

Reimagining Trash: Beyond the Domain of the Unwanted

I’ve been up close and personal with trash a lot lately. A few weeks ago I found myself neurotically purging my apartment of trash and unwanted items; in the process of doing so I mistakenly left my iPhone on top of one of the trash-filled boxes I would later throw away. Just a half hour later I found myself straddling a dumpster fishing for my phone, awkwardly propping myself up while trying not to touch any part of the dumpster or its contents with my bare skin.

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Clarke Stevenson
Clarke Stevenson
CivicSpark AmeriCorps Fellow
April 13, 2018

Preparing Sierra Businesses for a Natural Disaster

Growing up, my parents practiced all their presentations on my sister and me. They were just starting their dream small business and implementing an initial marketing push to get their message out to the public. Every dinner since then has been commandeered by conversations of consultants, visions for their work or other business-related updates. It was a huge effort for them as much as it is for anyone else starting their own small business.

While I was always informed on the HR side of the things, I never thought too much about the external threats a business encounters, like wildfire. 

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