2014
Angelo Genasci
Angelo Genasci
Development Director
September 30, 2014

A Modern Comstock Lode: TESLA's New Gigafactory Battery Facility

If you frequented any local business in the Sierra in the past month you likely overheard significant chatter about Tesla choosing Reno as the location to build it’s new Gigafactory battery facility.

While there is no new silver ore mine attracting prospectors, there is that same excitement and hope that existed after the discovery of the Comstock Lode in 1859. One cannot underestimate the potential economic impact of such a high tech facility on the Sierra Nevada region.

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Kristin York
Kristin York
Vice President of Business Innovation
September 17, 2014

Cultivating Innovation Around The Triple Bottom Line

 

What if innovation in the form of a triple bottom line was the primary responsibility of a business?

 At the Peak Innovation Conference, we’ll be talking a lot about the triple bottom line so here is your primer on what it is, why it is so important and why it can be controversial.

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Leanne Kuchar
Leanne Kuchar
Office and Operations Manager
September 10, 2014

Teaching Communities How to Fish: The Center for Rural Entrepreneurship

 

What do Sahuarita, Arizona, Pottawattamie County Iowa, and Fond du Lac Wisconsin all have in common?

These communities, as well as communities found throughout the United States, have all teamed up with the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship to help their economies and communities grow by supporting local entrepreneurial development.

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Ian Nimmo
Ian Nimmo
Project Manager
September 04, 2014

Passive Solar: Utilizing Earth's Natural Heating & Cooling Systems

From the start of my work on energy efficiency projects at SBC one emerging technique has caught my eye: passive solar building.

The Sierra Nevada Energy Watch (SNEW) team is constantly learning about new ways to reduce energy bills through retrofits targeted at mechanical systems, but what if we could go one step further and gain heating and cooling elements from the natural world?

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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.

August 25, 2014

SBC Supports the Water Bond, Mostly...

Well, it happened. The Governor and the Legislature did what many of us thought was impossible – they agreed on a water bond proposal to replace the one on the November ballot. After months of debate, the new bond passed both the Senate and Assembly with only two “no” votes.

The Governor signed the bill that same night, placing the new bond on the November 4 ballot for voters to decide.

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