2013
Tyra Frizelle
Vice President, Operations
October 03, 2013

Success! Martis Fire Restoration Project Complete

In 2001, the Martis Fire burned more than 14,500 acres within the Truckee River Corridor between Reno and Truckee, straddling the state boundary. 

The wildfire left the area devoid of native vegetation and adequate soil composition, which adversely affected the natural system’s ability to provide appropriate wildlife habitat and acceptable water quality for the Reno/Sparks communities.  Deforestation, erosion and the spread of noxious weeds were the result.

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Greg Jones
Nicole Benter
Nicole Benter
Senior Program Director
October 01, 2013

A Great Escape into the Undiscovered Sierra

I’m getting out of the office and hitting the road!  

Instead of just talking and emailing about this Geotourism thing like I do most every day, I’m going to DO it, SHOW it, LIVE it: For the next week, I'll measure success not by how many emails I respond to, but instead by the number of Sierran people I meet face-to-face and the number of undiscovered Sierra adventures I get to enjoy and support firsthand. 

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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.

September 27, 2013

Re-Imagining the Role of Buildings


Traditionally, buildings have been the places where we live and work. They take resources to build, energy and water to function, and produce wastewater and garbage during normal operation.

What if, instead of consuming resources and producing waste, buildings produced benefits for our communities and environment? 

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Tom Paschos
Energy Efficiency Associate

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.

September 24, 2013

The Power of mPower Placer


More than ever, people are looking for ways to become more sustainable and to leave less of a negative impact on their community and on our planet.  

Whether we’re talking about rising gas prices and utility bills, increased CO2 levels and climate change, or resource depletion with a rising population, the environmental issues of today have taken root in our conscience and are shifting from the discussion table to the drawing board.

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Emily Dondero
Project 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.

September 19, 2013

My Whirlwind

Washington D.C. Experience

It has been an eventful past five days.  From putting together a statement last minute, to planning an east coast trip over the weekend, to an exciting arrival to Washington DC to give a testimony in front of U.S. House of Representatives; it has all been a whirlwind.

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