Brenda Gillarde
Brenda Gillarde
Senior Planner
January 02, 2015

Call for 2015 Green Drinks Hosts!

Green Drinks is an international organization that brings together groups of people on a monthly basis to network, share stories and support local businesses. 

SBC established a Central Sierra Nevada Chapter in 2012, beginning with only a few participants and growing into our largest event of over 80 participants!  Green Drinks is a place where people learn about innovative business ideas and local success stories, and it’s a great way to network and support the amazing businesses we have in Tuolumne and Calaveras County. 

Olivia Hara
Olivia Hara
Planning Assistant - CivicSpark AmeriCorps Member
December 18, 2014

Fecal Matters: The Sierra's Poo-llution Problem

Let’s talk about poop, dog poop that is. Un-scooped poop is, for many, the number one complaint about dogs and dog owners.

Many of the Sierra Nevada’s trails are littered with piles of dog waste that need to be navigated through. Surveys show that only 60 percent of dog owners pick up their dog’s droppings and the other 40 percent don’t pick up for a multitude of reasons: "it's natural", owners don’t have a bag, or don’t want to carry it with them, or because it is not a law.

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Tyra Frizelle
Vice President, Operations
December 15, 2014

Beyond the Buzzword: Sustainability in Business at the Yosemite Sustainability Conference

This past week, I was fortunate to not only attend but be a part of the 1st Yosemite Sustainability Conference
 in beautiful Yosemite Valley. This three day conference was packed full of information and presentations around climate science.

The presentations on sustainability practices were particularly interesting because of the strong examples in business represented, including...

Evan Pierce
Evan Pierce
Planning Assistant - CivicSpark Americorps Member
December 11, 2014

From Back East to Out West

It seems like people always use these modifiers - back east, out west -  when describing the two coasts of the lower 48.

It’s as if regardless of where you’re from, the West is the destination of a grand journey and the Eastern seaboard is the source of all known life (or at least where everyone’s parents live).

Well, I perpetuated this stereotype by picking up my life in Boston to journey west in search of higher ground and wild open spaces.

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.

December 04, 2014

Life Beyond the Water Bond...Cap-and-Trade Awaits

I know, you saw my byline and thought, “Oh no, not another post about the water bond. It passed last month, so aren’t we done with that already?!? ” 

You’re right - the water bond did pass  – but that’s not what I’m writing about today. Because in addition to pressing for funding from the water bond, SBC and its new initiative, Sierra CAMP[1], have been working with partners across the state to secure funding from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) established as part of AB 32.