2015
Emily Kornhauser
Emily Kornhauser
Sierra SBDC Administrative Assistant
November 18, 2015

Opting Out: REI Finds Influence in the Triple Bottom Line

On November 27th, the day after Thanksgiving, more recently known as Black Friday, REI will be closing all 143 of their stores. Instead of encouraging the typical Black Friday pushing and shoving for the best deals inside stores, they are paying their employees and encouraging their members and the public to #OptOutside. 

This decision is rooted in REI’s mission: “inspiring, educating and outfitting our more than 5.5 million active members and customers for a lifetime of outdoor adventures and stewardship.”

#OptOutside is the perfect example of using the triple bottom line to drive company decisions.

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Paul Ahrns
Paul Ahrns
Program Director
November 12, 2015

Could this be the most important international agreement on climate change to date?

Earlier this year, one of most important international agreements to affect the future of our planet was announced on a sleepy September day.

You might have heard about it, though likely it quickly passed you by.

On September 25th, the leaders of the two largest economies in the world agreed to move decisively on implementing strategies needed to meet their ambitious GHG reduction goals announced last year.

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Tyra Frizelle
Vice President, Operations
November 05, 2015

Placer County Wows DOE, Shows Energy Efficiency Can Be Exciting

Who says energy efficiency isn’t sexy or inspiring?

As a matter of fact, upgrading aging and inefficient equipment not only looks good, it feels good on the financial bottom line.

That is just what the Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge has done with the help from Sierra Business Council and Placer County’s mPOWER program.

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Nicholas Martin
Nicholas Martin
Program Director
October 29, 2015

Traveling for Work: A Trade-off in Emissions for the Power of Face-to-Face Conversation

This past week, I found myself thinking, “What do I like most about my job?” Is it being able to work on such a large, challenging, and impactful task as combating climate change? Or is it working with such a passionate and motivated group of peers? Or perhaps it’s simply being able to work in the same awesome town that I live?

All of these reasons contribute to the enjoyment of my work, but I think one aspect of my job that I don’t give enough credit to is getting out into the community and meeting people face-to-face.

As it turns out, when it comes to the success of our projects and my career fulfillment, it’s probably the most important aspect of them all.

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Kenzie Morris
Kenzie Morris
Research Associate
October 23, 2015

One Truckee River Day, Two Large Impacts

With over 500 volunteers and 10 work sites it can be said that Sunday’s 20th Annual Truckee River Day was a success.

The Truckee River Watershed Council is a local non-profit that leads volunteers around the Truckee River Watershed on a variety of restoration projects. These projects range from a variety of streambank stabilizations to forest restoration, all while helping the larger watershed.

On Sunday I was placed on the Jammer Chair Project.

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