2016
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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Kayla Meyer
Former Sierra CAMP Project Assistant

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 17, 2016

Is Policy Standing in the Way of Healthy Forests and Watersheds?

We may think it’s obvious, but still it must be said: Sierra Nevada forests and watersheds are at a critical point.

Four years of drought, over a century of fire subdual, pervasive tree mortality throughout the region due to bark beetle infestation and disease, and a changing climate have led to an increased and severe risk of continued wildfires.  

It’s time for our state and federal policies to meet these challenges head on.

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Alyssa Collins
Project Assistant; CivicSpark AmeriCorps Fellow

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 15, 2016

Growing Up Truckee

How’s being back home? What was it like growing up in Truckee?

Since moving back to Truckee five months ago, I find myself frequently asked one of these two questions. They’ve encouraged me to reflect on what it meant to be raised here, what it meant to leave, and what it means to come back.

Growing up in the Tahoe area, I never realized how lucky I was until I moved away. 

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