2016
Becky Bell
Becky Bell
Project Manager
February 18, 2016

Lake Tahoe Water Trail: Where Recreation, Innovation, and Stewardship Intersect

For decades, the Lake Tahoe area has experienced an ever-increasing bevy of visitors craving the combination of adventure and relaxation offered by the largest alpine lake in the country. We're all aware of this.

In more recent years, many of those visitors have taken their explorations off of the bike and hiking trails and onto the water, to the point of reaching a critical mass. Such has increased the need for education about public access, wayfinding, water safety, aquatic invasive species prevention, and resource conservation.

That's where SBC comes in. 

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Kriselda Bautista
Kriselda Bautista
Planning Technician
February 11, 2016

The Sierra's Biggest Little City is Growing Up

“So, how did you end up in Reno?”

I repeat the question in my mind—end up—as if Reno is the nasty shore of murky waters; home to washed-up, rusty parts of an old, abandoned shipwreck.

I’ve been in Reno for a year and 3 months now and never has the word interesting been used more accurately to describe any place I’ve lived thus far. However grimy it can be, though, I think it’s far from a nasty shore.

What I have found has actually surprised me in many ways.

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Jill Sanford
Jill Sanford
Communications Manager
February 04, 2016

Tourism Traffic: Can't Live With It, Can't Thrive Without It

If you listen very closely, you can hear it: the collective sigh that passes through the town of Truckee when the tourists hit I-80 and head home at the end of the weekend. Our roads were just inundated, our grocery stores crowded and picked over, our normal small town vibes overrun by the hustle and bustle of city folk.

Monday mornings find local residents basking in our vacationer-free daily routines. Our town itself goes back to normal.

It’s a funny concept in this town, though, “back to normal”.

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Pamela Stayden
Pamela Stayden
Project Manager
January 22, 2016

A Life Worth Living: Reflecting on My First Six Months at SBC

It’s been six months since I joined Sierra Business Council, and now it’s time for my first blog to appear and my words to be published.

I started off with so many ideas, wondering what the SBC blog audience would want to read about: Climate Change Conspiracies, Climategate, Denialism…but the world is full of negative opinions. Did I really want to perpetuate the negativity?

I began reading the blogs of my fellow co-workers and I immediately became inspired, and felt so honored to be part of this amazing organization.

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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.

January 19, 2016

There's a New Sheriff in Town: COP 21

And I don’t mean Paul Blart in a new “Mall Cop” movie. I’m talking about the historic international climate agreement reached in Paris last month.

COP 21 is the name given to the 21st convening of the Conference of the Parties (COP), the group of 195 countries that have ratified the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In 1994, the UNFCCC recognized: a.) recognized there was a climate problem, and b.) set the goal of stabilizing greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations to prevent climate destruction from human-caused impacts.

There is quite a bit of detail in the 29 Articles of the COP 21 Paris agreement, key highlights include:

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