2014
Suzie Cordero
Suzie Cordero
Finance Director
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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Alicia Powers
Alicia Powers
Project Manager
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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Bowen Humphreys
Bowen Humphreys
Project Manager
March 05, 2014

Sustainability Math: How Cycling Makes 1+1=3

Let’s be clear, this is not some Orwellian fantasy or math fail: being sustainable can give you more than what you paid for.

You might scoff at this: how can hugging trees or lowering my carbon-emissions help me pay my bills or help enrich my community? It’s not like wearing Birkenstocks will help to save the world!

But while Birkenstocks may not save the world, the people wearing them may be on to something.

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Ian Nimmo
Ian Nimmo
Project Manager
February 28, 2014

Going Beyond Lighting with Sustainable Energy Solutions

The Sierra Business Council and the Sierra Nevada Energy Watch (SNEW) Team was very busy in early February getting ready to move forward on energy efficiency upgrades beyond lighting.

The SNEW team had an in-class and on the ground training led by Dennis Donovan, head of Sustainable Energy Solutions (SES) out of Reno.

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Jen Rosser
Jen Rosser
Program Director
February 24, 2014

Climate Change and Ski Towns

 

I was listening to NPR last week, and I heard that if we continue emitting greenhouse gases at our current rate, one third of the creatures in the ocean will become extinct by the end of this century.

That was a pretty dramatic visual for me, so then I started to think about the visuals in my own backyard that look like climate change: namely, very little snow in Truckee and erratic weather. I don’t like to admit it, but I believe that’s what’s going on. So I did a little research on climate change's impacts on ski towns.

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