SBC Presents Climatologist Dr. Ben Santer 9/26/12

9/26/12 The Sierra Business Council and Capital Public Radio are excited to announce that renowned climatologist Dr. Benjamin Santer will be speaking on October 16th at Sierra College in Incline Village.  see here SanterEvent

Climatologist Benjamin Santer

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Sierra Business Council Newsletter

Geotourism Mobile App, Biomass Progress and more!

 

In This Issue
Geotourism Mobile App
Sierra Green Days
Eastern Sierra Innovation and Prosperity report published!
Welcome, Alicia and Ian!
Biomass Progress
Sierra Nevada Jobs
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Become a Green Drinks Central Sierra Host 
Green drinks is a monthly networking event for businesses working towards sustainability in the Central Sierra Nevada.
 Host businesses will receive the following benefits:

*increased exposure

*network building

*free marketing

*a great time

 

For more information contact Emily Dondero

2-for-1 paddle board or 
kayak rental
Tahoe Adventure Company is offering a two-for-one 2 hour paddle board or kayak rental to anyone who donates $35 or more to Sierra Business Council or the Geotourism project.
September 2012

The air is suddenly crisp and the colors are changing.  Kids are back in school and the flood of tourists, like a snow-fed stream, has slowed to a trickle.  It must be fall in the Sierra Nevada!We hope you’ll take a moment to review what’s new at Sierra Business Council this season and to share this newsletter with anyone you know who’s interested in our work building a better Sierra.
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MobileApp Sierra Nevada Geotourism
Travelers and visitors of all ages who are preparing to venture into the Sierra Nevada are invited to enjoy free  downloads of a new National Geographic Sierra MapGuidemobile phone app.Sierra Nevada travel tips, restaurants, tourist information and more are now as close as your smart phone — thanksto these new apps available for iPhone and Droid devices.
The MapGuide features more than 1,500 destinations provided by local residents and Sierra insiders, for everything from iconic Sierra experiences, to wine tasting venues, funky cafes, and off-the-beaten-path adventures.For more information please visit The Sierra Nevada Geotourism Website.

GreenDaysSierra Green Days
Sierra Business Council is thrilled to be a sponsor of Sierra Green Days this year, where our own Emily Dondero will be presenting SBC’s triple bottom line mission and sharing ways anyone can get involved in our work. We hope to see you there:
When: September 29th-30th
Where: Ironstone Vineyards, Murphys, CA
Admission: Free

 Eastern Sierra Economic Assessment
We are proud to announce release ofEastern Sierra  Innovation and Prosperity: An Economic Cluster Approach to Economic Sustainability in California’s Inyo and Mono Counties,” a 176-page assessment of past, current and projected future areas of economic growth in Inyo and Mono Counties.More than 40 community stakeholders dedicated hundreds  of volunteer hours to interviews, site visits, meetings with government officials and small business owners to produce the report’s findings.The report presents five areas with the potential to contribute to growth in regional economies in the Eastern Sierra:

  • Broadband and Internet access
  • Alternative energy and energy efficiency;
  • Recreation
  • Tourism, hospitality and the arts
  • Agriculture

Sierra Business Council president Steve Frisch will present the report’s recommendations to the Mono County Board of Supervisors, the Town of Mammoth Lakes and the City of Bishop during September and October. These meetings are open to public and all are welcome.

To learn more or to download the report, please click here.

WelcomeWelcome, Alicia and Ian!
This month, SBC welcomes Project Managers Alicia Powers and Ian Nimmo to our Sierra Nevada Energy Watch team:Alicia Powers
Alicia Powers has been enjoying life in the Sierra as a full time Truckee resident for the last 18 years. Besides takingadvantage of lots of fantastic outdoor activities, Alicia was a Captain on the Tahoe Gal on Lake Tahoe for sixteen years and has worked as a LEED Accredited Professional specializing in Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance for the past five years. Alicia has been fortunate to work with energy efficiency experts at Sustainable Energy Solutions and is very excited to join the Sierra Business Council and SNEW Team.”Working with the SNEW team is awesome,” says Alicia.  “I love having the opportunity to serve businesses in the Sierra in a way that saves them both money and energy. Getting out to meet with customers face to face presents a fun and challenging work environment that I am looking forward to.”Ian Nimmo

Ian Nimmo is no stranger to SBC, having worked as an
Energy Programs Intern and then for the TDPUD andLiberty Energy as an energy auditor.  He grew up in Healdsburg, California and went to college at the University of Puget Sound in Washington.  He has worked for Greenpeace as a Senior Team Leader, at a ski lodge in Alta, Utah and for the US Forest Service in Idaho.
“I chose to work at SBC because of the scope of its mission and because of the beautiful location in the Sierra Nevada” Ian says.  “It feels good to be working for an organization that has a similar worldview to my own.
I am looking forward to learning about all the projects that SBC manages.”
Ian adds, “I have many hobbies.  I love skiing, enjoying lakes and rivers in the summer in my old beat-up canoe, and seeing live music.  I enjoy the Tahoe life for all that it has to offer.”

 Energy and Climate Leadership
Sierra Business Council congratulates our friends at the Yosemite-Sequoia Resource Conservation and Development District on significant grant funding from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and the  United States Forest Service for a 1 MW biomass to electricity facility at North Fork, in eastern Madera County.  A team including the Yosemite-Sequoia RC&D were participants in SBC’s Energy and Climate Leadership program last year where they were able to spend more than a week developing the project.Our friends in Placer County who are advancing the Cabin Creek Biomass Gasification Power Plant near Truckee have also made major progress.  The project will use woody debris from US Forest Service and other agencies’ forest management practices gathered within the Tahoe Basin and burn that debris under new controlled conditions instead of open burns, while generating approximately two Megawatts of renewable energy (enough to power 2000 homes for a year.)Stay tuned for good news about the restart of the Loyalton Biomass plant in eastern Sierra County shortly.SBC was proud to have played some small role, along with many others, in planning, supporting and advocating these projects.  We recognize that it is going to take dozens of organizations working together to make Biomass utilization a reality in the Sierra, while ensuring that its use protects our forest ecosystems, generates renewable power and supplies other value added products.

jobs Sierra Nevada Jobs
 

Sierra Business Council – Events, Marketing and Social Media Intern SBC has a unique internship opportunity to help an individual gain experience in all aspects of nonprofit marketing, communication & PR, events management and social media outreach.  The position will assist in the development of project marketing material, social media outreach, and event planning, logistics and follow-up.For more information, click here

Sierra Nevada Alliance – Financial/Admin Director 

The Director will be responsible for bookkeeping, budgeting, payrolls, invoicing, database management, and assisting the Executive Director.  The salary offered is from $48k to $52k with full health benefits.

For more information, click here

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