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2014
Ian Nimmo
Ian Nimmo
Project Manager
March 28, 2014

Helping the Historic Placerville Shakespeare Club Upgrade Their Lighting

Sierra Nevada Energy Watch recently had the chance to work with the Placerville Shakespeare Club, located in Historic Placerville, on an LED Lighting upgrade.

The Placerville Shakespeare Club is a community group established in 1897 whose members gather often to study the work of respected literary authors. The club provides local scholarships, preserves a historic clubhouse, supports local interest initiatives and holds community events and social meetings.

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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.

March 26, 2014

Science Makes its Prime Time Debut

On a recent Sunday, Science made its prime time debut on FOX with the reboot of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey narrated by one the best science communicators of our time, astrophysicist and occasional Colbert Report contributor Neil deGrasse Tyson.

...While, I was not alive when the original series broadcast in 1980, I did grow up watching the numerous successors in science-themed television and through those programs and other factors, (including growing up in the Sierra Nevada) was inspired to pursue a career where I could make a positive impact on our world.

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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 21, 2014

One Weekend Event Combines Cows, Skis, and Carbon

 

What do alpine ski racing and cow pies have in common? Most weeks, hopefully, the answer is “not much.”

This week, however, Squaw Valley USA collaborated with Sierra Business Council to fund a project to reduce carbon emissions at a dairy farm while creating electricity from cow manure.

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Climate Planning
Suzie Cordero
Finance 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 17, 2014

Minimizing Encounters with the Sierra's Black Bears

It’s official: we’re entering bear season in the Sierra.

It’s mid-March, the weather is warming up, robins and stellar jays are chirping and bear sightings are being reported on an almost daily basis – yep, spring is definitely here.

But the relationship between humans and our resident black bears can be a touchy subject in the Sierra...

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Suzie Cordero
Alicia Powers
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.

March 07, 2014

Embracing The Next Big Thing

The “next big thing” has always raised a red flag for me. In my experience, that promise rarely holds a candle to the tried and true alternative.

There is, however, at least one “next big thing” that is gaining steam exponentially in our nation and will soon be impacting every business, home, camping trip, and holiday.

I’m talking about LED lighting.

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