2016
Angelo Genasci
Angelo Genasci
Development Director
April 29, 2016

Home: The Power of Giving Where Your Heart Is

Have you ever heard the saying, "your home is where your heart is?" Of course you have, we all have, and most of us have nodded along and said, "It's so true".

We've recognized that our home isn't always where our house is, it may feel more like the place we grew up, anywhere we go with close friends, or the mountains we've spent our lives recreating in. 

Like our physical homes, often these special places are in need of a little help.

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Kriselda Bautista
Kriselda Bautista
Planning Technician
April 22, 2016

The Crow and the Pitcher: a New Twist on an Old Fable

A crow perishing with thirst saw a pitcher, and hoping to find water, flew to it with delight. When he reached it, he discovered to his grief that it contained so little water that he could not possibly get at it. He tried everything he could think of to reach the water, but all his efforts were in vain.

At last he collected as many stones as he could carry and dropped them one by one with his beak into the pitcher, until he brought the water within his reach and thus saved his life. Moral: Necessity is the mother of invention. 

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Jen Rosser
Jen Rosser
Program Director
April 15, 2016

An Economy of Change: Reno Then and Now

By now, it’s common knowledge that Reno is expecting a whole lot of change in the next few years. The truth is though that I’ve already seen a huge amount of change in the Biggest Little City since first visiting in the 1970s.

After doing a little historical digging, it turns out that change has always been a major factor in the Great Basin where Reno now sits. From communities and population to economic drivers, the area’s resilience is built on change.

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Nicholas Martin
Nicholas Martin
Program Director
April 07, 2016

Everyone has an opinion...until you hold a public hearing?

A year ago I wrote about the importance of planning with regards to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and getting the most bang for your buck. Last month we read about the importance of implementing those plans. Today I'd like to write about the importance of community input. 

I want to focus on the difficulties experienced when trying to get community members to participate in the public processes of our local governments. We don't live in silos where the decisions made by our leaders have no effect on our community, so why is it so tough to get people to engage in helping make these decisions> 

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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 29, 2016

SBC Recognized as a Beacon of Sustainability in the Sierra

Earlier this year, SBC was recognized as a leader in sustainability by the Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative via the designation of SBC as a "Beacon Program Champion" for our work in guiding energy and climate planning initiatives in the Sierra Nevada. 

We are excited to be working with the Institute for Local Governments to help the cities and counties who are working on the ground to gain recognition for the work they are doing and promote models for success in rural regions.

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