2014
Brenda Gillarde
Brenda Gillarde
Senior Planner
August 07, 2014

Energy Efficiency Strategies: A New Tool for Rural Communities

Sierra Business Council (SBC) is breaking new ground in the energy efficiency field in the Sierra Nevada.

Five communities have partnered with SBC to develop strategies for increasing energy efficiency in their areas that will result in reduced emissions and dollars saved on energy bills.

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Alicia Powers
Alicia Powers
Project Manager
August 05, 2014

Hear it from the Youth: The Impact of the Sierra's Natural Wonders

About a year ago at a community event, I had the privilege of hearing recent Adventure Risk Challenge (ARC) participants reading aloud poetry and essays they had written toward the conclusion of their 40 day stint with the wilderness and literacy focused program.

Many of us were in tears before the first student stepped down.

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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.

July 31, 2014

In a Bind Over the Water Bond

It’s hard to imagine that – after all the talk about drought in California – we have managed to increase our overall water consumption over the last year.

At the same time the Governor was urging us to reduce consumption by 20%, we actually increased by an average of 1% statewide. 

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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.

July 29, 2014

"It's so bad even Lady Gaga is hawking the water conservation message"

Before they left for summer recess, legislators promised to hammer out a new water bond bill when they returned in August. This would be a bill to replace the $11.14 billion proposal currently on the November ballot, which has been delayed twice due to conflicts over its size.

Although legislators and the Administration have offered conflicting ideas, we need them to come together in August and pass a workable water bond deal for the November ballot. Here‘s why:

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Paul Ahrns
Program Director

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.

July 23, 2014

Angels Camp and Biggs Sign On for Baseline GHG Inventories

The SBC Climate Team has begun working with two new local governments in our region to complete baseline greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories.

SBC will be completing 2010 baseline GHG emissions inventories for Angel’s Camp and Biggs documenting emissions from the cities’ municipal operations and major GHG generating activities within each community.

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