2014
Ian Nimmo
Ian Nimmo
Project Manager
December 02, 2014

What Am I Thankful For? LED Lighting!

At the most recent Sierra Business Council staff meeting, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, my colleagues and I were asked what we were thankful for. Many mentioned being thankful for their work they do, living in the Truckee Tahoe region, seeing the impacts of their work on the Sierra, and having the opportunity to work with such hard working and passionate individuals.

What I found I am truly thankful for is LED Lighting and, no, it’s not a joke!

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Leanne Kuchar
Leanne Kuchar
Office and Operations Manager
November 25, 2014

Reclaiming the Spirit of Giving: #GivingTuesday

With the holidays fast approaching, a bombardment of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals fill both my inbox and my mailbox.

Seeing the slashed prices and promotions brought the same question to mind as it does every year (though I swear they were a week earlier this year…), aren’t the holidays supposed to be about giving?  

As it turns out, I’m far from the first to wonder.

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Brittany Benesi
Brittany Benesi
Government and Community Affairs Director
November 13, 2014

Coming to the Table: A Way Forward on the Sierra's Toughest Issues

As the 2014 election season came to a close many of us were left reflecting on our divisive political system. How did we come to a point where even the most straightforward of questions becomes politicized?

With so many looming issues, from climate change, to the spread of disease, to international military conflicts, how have we become so paralyzed?

At Peak Innovation last month, a common theme arose. SBC’s 20th Anniversary Conference became a lesson in “coming to the table”.

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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.

November 05, 2014

Proposition 1: Everyone Loves a Winner

And SBC is no different.

After many months spent advocating for funding in the water bond to protect the Sierra – as the source of 65% of the state’s developed water – SBC is pleased that California voters last night passed Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond, by the predicted 2:1 margin.

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Bowen Humphreys
Project Manager

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.

October 29, 2014

Big Things Come in Nano Packages

In the past I’ve written my SBC blog about the cascading benefits of sustainability, about biking and, well… biking. But there are more ways to use the math of sustainability—how 1+1=3—than by wearing spandex shorts.

The math of sustainability can also create jobs and solve some of our most pressing problems, not just for the country but here at home as well. The Peak Innovation Conference earlier this October was a great place to see ideas about sustainability in action.

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