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2014
Emily Dondero
Emily Dondero
Project Manager
April 29, 2014

Join SBC and O.A.R.S for May's Green Drinks in Groveland

Green Drinks is an international monthly event that invites local residents to network, share stories and support local businesses in their region.  

SBC started a Central Sierra Nevada Chapter in 2012 with only a few participants and has watched it grow into a hugely successful event with over eighty participants joining us each month.

It's a place where people learn about innovative business ideas and local success stories, each month offering the opportunity to network and support the great businesses we have in Tuolumne and Calaveras County.

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Project Assistant
April 23, 2014

Clarifying the Clean Water Act

The Clean Water Act (CWA), passed in 1972, has made a significant difference in protecting our rivers, lakes and coastal areas, and has stopped billions of pounds of pollution.

The act explicitly protects the “waters of the United States,” which are defined under existing regulations as “traditional navigable waters, interstate waters, all other waters that could affect interstate or foreign commerce, impoundments of waters of the United States, tributaries, the territorial seas, and adjacent wetlands.”

Certain bodies of water, however, are difficult to definitively determine whether or not they are protected under the CWA.

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Brittany Benesi
Communications Director

Brittany Benesi

Communications Director

Brittany Benesi is the Communications Director for Sierra Business Council, promoting programmatic work that catalyzes community, economic, and environmental vitality throughout the Sierra Nevada. Originally from Seattle, Brittany has lived and worked in the Truckee/Tahoe area for the past four years. While finishing her degree, Brittany worked as a Youth Mentor with Seattle Tilth’s Youth Garden Works Program, helping homeless and disadvantaged adolescents develop job skills through urban agriculture. Once in Tahoe, Brittany started her work with Sierra Business Council as a Communications Intern and quickly made her mark with her focus on positivity, team building, and a commitment to the triple bottom line. Brittany is a graduate of Seattle University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies, a specialization in Education and Communications and a minor in Psychology. 

Personal Highlights:

As a child of the Pacific Northwest, Brittany grew up with a full appreciation for the natural world and the amazing recreating opportunities found therein. As a Sierra Nevada resident, Brittany especially enjoys running, hiking, snowboarding, stand up paddle boarding, and any time she gets to be outside with her husband, Steven, and canine companion, Shasta.

April 18, 2014

Dreaming Big and Doing It

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the spring Yosemite Gateway Partners meeting to present on the Sierra Nevada Geotourism Project.

The purpose of my presentation was to call on local residents to nominate destinations they find distinctive to the Sierra so that small businesses, events, and communities can reap the benefits of being a Geotourism destination in time for summer travel.

It’s honestly a pretty big task, but after hearing Visit California’s Director of Consumer Marketing, Tracy Ward, present on California’s new “Dream Big” branding, I gained a renewed resolve that it is a task worth tackling.

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Brenda Gillarde
Senior Planner

Brittany Benesi

Communications Director

Brittany Benesi is the Communications Director for Sierra Business Council, promoting programmatic work that catalyzes community, economic, and environmental vitality throughout the Sierra Nevada. Originally from Seattle, Brittany has lived and worked in the Truckee/Tahoe area for the past four years. While finishing her degree, Brittany worked as a Youth Mentor with Seattle Tilth’s Youth Garden Works Program, helping homeless and disadvantaged adolescents develop job skills through urban agriculture. Once in Tahoe, Brittany started her work with Sierra Business Council as a Communications Intern and quickly made her mark with her focus on positivity, team building, and a commitment to the triple bottom line. Brittany is a graduate of Seattle University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies, a specialization in Education and Communications and a minor in Psychology. 

Personal Highlights:

As a child of the Pacific Northwest, Brittany grew up with a full appreciation for the natural world and the amazing recreating opportunities found therein. As a Sierra Nevada resident, Brittany especially enjoys running, hiking, snowboarding, stand up paddle boarding, and any time she gets to be outside with her husband, Steven, and canine companion, Shasta.

April 16, 2014

Escaping to the Dragoon Gulch Trail

There are lots of reasons why we’re lucky in the Sierra. One of my favorites is that, unlike our urban brethren, we don’t need to drive an hour or two in order to get to the trailhead of a spectacular hike.

If you live in or near the City of Sonora, a wonderful opportunity awaits your discovery - the Dragoon Gulch Trail. What’s even more exciting is the trail is about to expand!

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Nicholas Martin
Program Director

Brittany Benesi

Communications Director

Brittany Benesi is the Communications Director for Sierra Business Council, promoting programmatic work that catalyzes community, economic, and environmental vitality throughout the Sierra Nevada. Originally from Seattle, Brittany has lived and worked in the Truckee/Tahoe area for the past four years. While finishing her degree, Brittany worked as a Youth Mentor with Seattle Tilth’s Youth Garden Works Program, helping homeless and disadvantaged adolescents develop job skills through urban agriculture. Once in Tahoe, Brittany started her work with Sierra Business Council as a Communications Intern and quickly made her mark with her focus on positivity, team building, and a commitment to the triple bottom line. Brittany is a graduate of Seattle University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies, a specialization in Education and Communications and a minor in Psychology. 

Personal Highlights:

As a child of the Pacific Northwest, Brittany grew up with a full appreciation for the natural world and the amazing recreating opportunities found therein. As a Sierra Nevada resident, Brittany especially enjoys running, hiking, snowboarding, stand up paddle boarding, and any time she gets to be outside with her husband, Steven, and canine companion, Shasta.

April 08, 2014

It Can Be Done: Making the Case for Zero Waste

Recently I had the pleasure of attending a “Zero Waste Management” training in Chico, CA put on by the US Zero Waste Business Council.

My attendance was an initial effort for SBC in making our 20th Anniversary Conference in October as close to Zero Waste as possible. And as I learned from the training, this will be no small feat.

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