2016
Paul Ahrns
Paul Ahrns
Program Director
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
Kayla Meyer
Former Sierra CAMP Project Assistant
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
Alyssa Collins
Project Assistant; CivicSpark AmeriCorps Fellow
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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Jill Sanford
Jill Sanford
Communications Manager
March 11, 2016

From Inventory to Implementation: Putting the Action into Climate Action Plans

SBC’s Climate Planning team is comprised of some seriously technical talent. From conducting greenhouse gas inventories to developing and writing Climate and Energy Action Plans (CAPs and EAPs, respectively), this department crunches numbers left and right.

Having had to start pretty much from scratch in all of the jurisdictions they’ve been working in, Nicholas MartinPaul Ahrns and Kriselda Bautista are experts in the climate planning field.

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Hailey Sinoff
Hailey Sinoff
Daughter of Project Manager, Kari Sinoff
March 03, 2016

The View from Up Here: Lessons in Happiness from a Sierra Teen

Step 1,427 felt heavier than step 1,426, but lighter than I knew step 1,428 would feel.  

I hadn't been counting each step the whole time, just since going off trail.  Of course, there was no actual trail in Squaw that Friday, just lines of heavier packed snow. But the packed snow had started to bore me, it seemed that whomever made them lacked my enthusiasm for heights and had simply hugged the walls of the valley instead of exploring them.

I wanted the adventure of exploration, so I turned upward.

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Kari Sinoff