2017
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.

March 03, 2017

Following the Oroville Dam Crisis: Is Our Future Drought, Flooding, or Both?

After years of painful drought in California, you might have heard we are on track for the wettest year on record. You likely also heard about the Oroville Dam crisis that forced 188,000 people out of their homes. Is this the future for California following intense droughts: dam failures (Oroville has not been the only one), evacuationsflooding, and mudslides closing down our roads every year? If it is, what do we do about it: build more dams (we already have over 1,400), higher levees, or all move to higher ground?

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Kriselda Bautista
Planning Technician

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 24, 2017

Repairing the Road for the Journey Ahead

My commute has lent me quite a bit of time for musings as of late. A good chunk of my days are spent travelling I-80 going in and out of Tahoe for work and play. Typically, the trips are a breezy half hour and the idyllic scenery along the Truckee River lends itself to the background of my commute. This winter has, however, been the realest I have ever seen, so instead of setting myself on autopilot and admiring the drive I’ve been forced to pay closer attention to road conditions and expect some slow-downs.

Reflecting on the damage from the recent storm during these extended commutes, I couldn’t help but think about the legislative storm brewing in our nation’s capital.

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Jessica Carr
Program 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 16, 2017

The Numbers are In: SBDC Client Success has Impact

This week, America’s SBDC released the latest annual report of the Economic Impact of Small Business Development Center Counseling Activities in the US. While the results reported are from 2014-2015, we can confidently say that even in today’s uncertain political climate, SBDC consultants nationwide are a valuable asset to the small business community. These numbers (not alternative numbers, just numbers) speak for themselves when demonstrating the impact of SBDC services on the small business economy. Read on for a highlight reel of some of the more impressive facts (not alternative facts, just facts).

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Diana Madson
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 10, 2017

Communities, the Environment, and the Economy Together at the Mountain Ventures Summit

Last week I had the pleasure of participating in the Mountain Ventures Summit, a 3-day workshop of community leaders across fifteen mountain resort communities in the American West. Gathered in Telluride, Colorado, we discussed the economic model of mountain resort towns and how it shapes the local culture and community. 

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Nikki Caravelli
Sierra CAMP & Climate Planning Project Assistant; CivicSpark AmeriCorps Fellow

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 02, 2017

Food for Thought: Mitigating Climate Change Through Sustenance

Regardless of their feelings about the scientific consensus (hint, it’s verified), people are at least familiar with the concept of climate change, that the evidence points to fossil fuels being to blame, and that small acts like turning off lights seem to help. We know about climate change, we know about its causes and effects, and we have a pretty good idea of what we’d need to do to change its course. We’ve begun the process of mitigating and adapting.

But are we doing enough?

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