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2014
Brittany Benesi
Brittany Benesi
Government and Community Affairs Director
January 28, 2014

Putting a Human Face on California's Drought

Earlier this month I posted a Sacramento Bee article on Sierra Business Council’s Facebook page that described how January’s snowpack measurements, combined with the record-breaking dryness of 2013, indicate that California is facing one of its worst droughts in recorded history. Along with the article on Facebook I posed a direct question asking, “How has the drought affected you and yours?”...

What we got was a serious dose of reality.

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Project Assistant
January 22, 2014

Lincoln Light Swap - For the Community, Made Possible by the Community

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to organize and complete the Sierra Energy Watch Program’s light swap event in charming Lincoln, CA...

Being just a few months into my fellowship and entirely new to the process of going door to door talking to downtown businesses, this idea seemed pretty intimidating at first.  I wanted to make it clear to business owners that we are not simply a for profit company trying to sell lamps!

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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.

January 17, 2014

What California’s Drought Means to the Sierra

As you know by now, California’s Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency for the state earlier today in response to what has been the driest water year on record in the state.

Precipitation is at 19% of normal to date in the Northern Sierra region and only 7% of average for the whole water year (Oct. 1 through Sept. 30), according to the Department of Water Resources.

As you'd expect, Sierra snowpack is alarmingly low...

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Paul Ahrns
Program Director

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.

January 15, 2014

Can Old Buildings Meet New Energy Standards?

The California Energy Commission’s Energy Efficiency Standards, commonly known as Title 24 Part 6, have saved Californians more than $74 billion via reduced electricity bills since 1977.

The success of these standards and other energy efficiency efforts has played a significant factor in keeping California’s per capita electricity use flat over the past 40 years while the rest of the country’s use continues to rise.

The problem for the Sierra Nevada is that a significant percentage of the buildings in this region were built prior to 1977...

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Nicholas Martin
Program Director

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.

January 09, 2014

Challenges in Discussing Climate Change in the Sierra Nevada

For the past three years I have been working on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction projects throughout the Sierra Nevada. My involvement in this work has led me to a better understanding of the relationship between a community’s actions and the emission of GHG’s...

However, through my work I have found that this intuitive connection is not always well understood among members of our regional communities.

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