2017
Kriselda Bautista
Kriselda Bautista
Planning Technician
March 31, 2017

Springtime's the Time to Shake Things Up: Here's How

As we forge beyond the #snowmageddon and #snowpocalypse of #flooduary and #marsh and skip happily into #aprilshowers, I am ecstatic at the sight of melting snow and flowing water springing life into the dormant dirt formerly buried beneath mounds of winter white (I’m feeling particularly alliterative today) - as equally as I am at the sight of new projects, work and movement that is shaking SBC and California (in a good way!...not in a natural disaster earthquake way).

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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.

March 24, 2017

Parks for the People: A Look into This Year's Parks Bond

With the deadline to introduce bills come and gone, we now have a better idea of our key legislative priorities for 2017. Out of 2,615 bills introduced by the recent deadline, SBC has targeted approximately 45 for further research and tracking. We will act on a subset of those once we see how each bill shapes up throughout the session.

As predicted at the end of last session, there are a few top priority issues that carried over from 2016, including, most notably, the parks bond and extension of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction cap-and-trade program.

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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 03, 2017

Following the Oroville Dam Crisis: Is Our Future Drought, Flooding, or Both?

After years of painful drought in California, you might have heard we are on track for the wettest year on record. You likely also heard about the Oroville Dam crisis that forced 188,000 people out of their homes. Is this the future for California following intense droughts: dam failures (Oroville has not been the only one), evacuationsflooding, and mudslides closing down our roads every year? If it is, what do we do about it: build more dams (we already have over 1,400), higher levees, or all move to higher ground?

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Kriselda Bautista
Planning Technician

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.

February 24, 2017

Repairing the Road for the Journey Ahead

My commute has lent me quite a bit of time for musings as of late. A good chunk of my days are spent travelling I-80 going in and out of Tahoe for work and play. Typically, the trips are a breezy half hour and the idyllic scenery along the Truckee River lends itself to the background of my commute. This winter has, however, been the realest I have ever seen, so instead of setting myself on autopilot and admiring the drive I’ve been forced to pay closer attention to road conditions and expect some slow-downs.

Reflecting on the damage from the recent storm during these extended commutes, I couldn’t help but think about the legislative storm brewing in our nation’s capital.

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Jessica Carr
Program 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.

February 16, 2017

The Numbers are In: SBDC Client Success has Impact

This week, America’s SBDC released the latest annual report of the Economic Impact of Small Business Development Center Counseling Activities in the US. While the results reported are from 2014-2015, we can confidently say that even in today’s uncertain political climate, SBDC consultants nationwide are a valuable asset to the small business community. These numbers (not alternative numbers, just numbers) speak for themselves when demonstrating the impact of SBDC services on the small business economy. Read on for a highlight reel of some of the more impressive facts (not alternative facts, just facts).

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