2020
Justine Quealy
Justine Quealy
Climate Planning Technician
July 20, 2020

Change and Challenge Brings Opportunity

Communities in the Sierra Nevada have weathered many storms over the years, most recently the local impacts of climate change, catastrophic wildfire, drought and reduced snowpack, Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events, wide-sweeping homeowner insurance policy cancellations, closing businesses, and a devastating global pandemic. Listed out like that, you realize how much adversity our region has collectively faced.

When we take a look at the ways in which our communities have responded, though, we see what they're really made of, and we realize that there's nothing quite like a monumental crisis to demonstrate how resilient we really are.
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Carissa Bradley
Carissa Bradley
CivicSpark Climate Fellow
July 13, 2020

CivicSpark in the time of Corona... our Fellow recaps her service year

What a whirlwind of a service year it has been! When I started back in September I could never have imagined the challenges that would impact my time as a CivicSpark Fellow. 

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Becky Bell
Becky Bell
Project Manager
June 29, 2020

Outfitters are the essential stewards of our local communities, economies, and environment

 

Owning a small business in the Sierra Nevada is tough. Owning a small business in the middle of a pandemic? Even harder. As co-owner of a small ski/bike shop in South Lake Tahoe, Sierra Ski and Cycle Works, (and SBC project manager of the Lake Tahoe Water Trail), I understand how vital outfitters are to educating the public and supporting our region’s triple bottom line.

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Kari Sinoff
Kari Sinoff
June 23, 2020

The Digital Divide – Bringing Broadband to Rural Sierra

 

Issues of inequity frequently hit our most vulnerable populations the hardest. We have witnessed this daily through the effects of climate change, racism, and mortality rates from COVID. Similarly, lack of access to broadband can disproportionately affect economically disadvantaged communities. Rural areas, economically disadvantaged or not, also are disproportionately impacted by the widespread need for reliable and affordable internet.

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Jill Sanford
Jill Sanford
Communications Manager
June 15, 2020

The Resilience Fund gains momentum in Tahoe

SBC is excited to share that the Resilience Fund-Sierra continues to gain traction in the Tahoe region, having now funded 19 businesses and counting. Founded to save Sierra businesses forced to close down during the pandemic earlier this spring, the Resilience Fund has provided its first wave of clients with loans, coaching, and other valuable services.

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