2016
Becky Bell
Becky Bell
Project Manager
June 17, 2016

Playing it Safe on the Sierra's Waters

The calm, blue surface can appear so tranquil, so refreshing and inviting that it’s easy for any one of us to forget how quickly conditions can change, how quickly a relaxing afternoon on the water can turn dangerous.

As our majestic alpine lakes lure paddlers and kayakers alike, we’d like to remind everyone of some basic water safety and resource conservation tips.

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Alyssa Collins
Alyssa Collins
Project Assistant; CivicSpark AmeriCorps Fellow
June 10, 2016

How Many Hats Does it Take to Implement an Ordinance? 

When was the last time you had to wear multiple hats in order to get even a simple project done? Whether it be work or home life, most of us have found ourselves in a situation where we had to wear multiple hats, take on multiple responsibilities, in order to get something done right.

Recently, I became aware that this is the state in which many local government employees spend their working lives, attempting to implement state goals and requirements while also keeping their day-to-day operations afloat.

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Bowen Humphreys
Bowen Humphreys
Project Manager
May 27, 2016

Climate Action: A Limited Time Offer


I’d like to introduce you to a limited time offer! Act now, this is only available for a short time! How would you like to improve your community’s economy? Reinvest in millions in transportation, housing, and infrastructure?

Lower your electrical bill and create new jobs? Decrease the risk of wildfires and increase your resilience to future environmental disasters? All you have to do is act on climate change!

Does that sound like it’s too good to be true? 

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Pamela Stayden
Pamela Stayden
Project Manager
May 10, 2016

Making Earth Day Every Day: Musings on Helping Our Planet

On Saturday, April 23, I did outreach for the State initiative program, Energy Upgrade California® at the Placerville Library Earth Day event. It was a blast speaking with attendees and finding out what their energy practices and interests were, as we all work together to meet California’s energy efficiency goals.

Earth Day is usually celebrated worldwide on April 22, and it’s a reminder to us all to protect our environment and take steps to keep our Earth safe for future generations. On Earth Day, I always wear green and make an extra effort to spend more time in the outdoors, appreciating the vast, magnificent natural surroundings I live in.

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Jessica Carr
Jessica Carr
Program Manager
May 04, 2016

How to Make Every Week "National Small Business Week"

Many of us are familiar with Small Business Saturday, the Thanksgiving weekend day dedicated to supporting the small businesses that make up our figurative and literal Main Street America. Perhaps less well known but equally as important (and fun!) is an entire week of small business appreciation, and we happen to be in the middle of it!

It’s a good time to reflect on how small and local businesses affect our lives and our communities.

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