2013
Emily Dondero
Emily Dondero
Project Manager
September 17, 2013

My Testomony on the Rim Fire to

the House of Representatives

Today I had the honor of testifying in Washington DC at the Safe Climate Caucus Forum to discuss the link between catastrophic wildfires like the Rim Fire and climate change. 

I will write more about my experience in our nation’s capital and about the specific actions we can all help advocate for in the next few days.  In the meantime, here are my remarks -- please let me know what you think:

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Timothy Dondero
Project Manager
September 10, 2013

A Call for "Second Responders" to the Rim Fire

As I sit and write in Sonora CA, the thermo-cumulos clouds from the Rim Fire continue to spew smoke throughout the Sierra.

As they do, the effectiveness of the first responders from 48 States and the money spent to fight the battle ($100 Million so far) are apparent:  Highway 120 has re-opened and individuals in surrounding communities are beginning to breathe a collective sigh of relief as they head back to school and work. 

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Ian Nimmo
Ian Nimmo
Project Manager
September 06, 2013

Downtown Light Swap a Success!


The Save Twice: Light Swap in downtown Auburn was a big success! 

Through our Sierra Nevada Energy Watch program, which gives out rebate dollars for energy efficiency projects, the Light Swap program focused on small retail customers who had existing halogen and incandescent track lighting.  

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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.

September 04, 2013

The Public Speaks ...

Will Kern County Listen?

The Kern County Council of Governments (COG) has conducted robust outreach the past few years to identify priorities for how far and how fast the county should grow.

In response, the people of Kern County have made themselves clear.

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Emily Dondero
Project Manager

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.

August 30, 2013

My Local Perspective
on the Rim Fire

I grew up in Calaveras County.  Like all Calaveras kids, I developed this really odd skill of smelling and detecting fire smoke.  Also like all Calaveras kids, I grew up with friends whose parents were fire fighters and Forest Service employees. 

Many dinner conversations were about forest management, and we all grew up knowing that life in the Sierra Nevada is interconnected with the health of our forests and watersheds. 

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