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2014
Paul Ahrns
Paul Ahrns
Program Director
March 26, 2014

Science Makes its Prime Time Debut

On a recent Sunday, Science made its prime time debut on FOX with the reboot of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey narrated by one the best science communicators of our time, astrophysicist and occasional Colbert Report contributor Neil deGrasse Tyson.

...While, I was not alive when the original series broadcast in 1980, I did grow up watching the numerous successors in science-themed television and through those programs and other factors, (including growing up in the Sierra Nevada) was inspired to pursue a career where I could make a positive impact on our world.

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Program Director
March 21, 2014

One Weekend Event Combines Cows, Skis, and Carbon

 

What do alpine ski racing and cow pies have in common? Most weeks, hopefully, the answer is “not much.”

This week, however, Squaw Valley USA collaborated with Sierra Business Council to fund a project to reduce carbon emissions at a dairy farm while creating electricity from cow manure.

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Climate Planning
Suzie Cordero
Suzie Cordero
Finance Director
March 17, 2014

Minimizing Encounters with the Sierra's Black Bears

It’s official: we’re entering bear season in the Sierra.

It’s mid-March, the weather is warming up, robins and stellar jays are chirping and bear sightings are being reported on an almost daily basis – yep, spring is definitely here.

But the relationship between humans and our resident black bears can be a touchy subject in the Sierra...

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Suzie Cordero
Alicia Powers
Alicia Powers
Project Manager
March 07, 2014

Embracing The Next Big Thing

The “next big thing” has always raised a red flag for me. In my experience, that promise rarely holds a candle to the tried and true alternative.

There is, however, at least one “next big thing” that is gaining steam exponentially in our nation and will soon be impacting every business, home, camping trip, and holiday.

I’m talking about LED lighting.

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Bowen Humphreys
Bowen Humphreys
Project Manager
March 05, 2014

Sustainability Math: How Cycling Makes 1+1=3

Let’s be clear, this is not some Orwellian fantasy or math fail: being sustainable can give you more than what you paid for.

You might scoff at this: how can hugging trees or lowering my carbon-emissions help me pay my bills or help enrich my community? It’s not like wearing Birkenstocks will help to save the world!

But while Birkenstocks may not save the world, the people wearing them may be on to something.

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Bowen Humphreys