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Project Assistant
November 14, 2013

Vermont to the Sierra: Small Towns Facing Similar Challenges

As a recent transplant to the Tahoe region from Vermont, I can say that both places have a lot more in common than I anticipated.

I grew up in a small town with picturesque covered bridges and vibrant fall foliage. It was frequently flooded with visitors coming either for the weekend or to live their quiet Vermont lives in the hills. 

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Alicia Powers
Alicia Powers
Project Manager
November 05, 2013

On the Road: Treasure Found in the Sierra Foothills

Recently during my travels for the Sierra Nevada Energy Watch project, I came across a group that has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars of work to the Empire Mine State Park in Grass Valley.

They call themselves “The Over the Hill Gang.” This local treasure consists of a dedicated group of individuals who contribute their time and expertise to keep the park running and in its prime.

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Tom Paschos
Tom Paschos
Energy Efficiency Associate
November 01, 2013

A Green Building Tour in Truckee

This weekend I attended an inspiring, local event in the town of Truckee, where Sierra Business Council is headquartered.  

It was the Sierra Green Buildings Association’s Annual Fall Green Building Tour.  

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Emily Dondero
Emily Dondero
Project Manager
October 30, 2013

As the Smoke Clears: Tuolumne County's Beat Goes On 

Fall is a particularly beautiful time of year in the Sierra Nevada, especially when the trees have their brilliant colors of yellow and red as they do in Sonora this week. 

It is hard to believe that only a month ago our towns were filled with smoke, that we struggled with the knowledge that our town might not survive the economic hardships brought on by the Rim Fire, and that we lost many of our favorite recreation areas.

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Project Manager
October 23, 2013

The New Barn Raising

Even a black-thumbed plant assassin like me can love the tradition of a barn raising: it’s a beautiful thing to envision a community gathering together to put its collective shoulders and backs into the heavy lifting required to assemble an essential new structure for a neighbor’s ranch or farm.

Everyone involved gets the satisfaction of helping improve the community as a whole by directly supporting an individual. The farmer gets a new barn, the community gets a thriving, happy neighbor producing and flowing both food and money back into the local economy. Importantly … and it really is important … everyone also gets to revel in shared victory inside the newly completed structure.

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