What a whirlwind of a service year it has been! When I started back in September I could never have imagined the challenges that would impact my time as a CivicSpark Fellow. A global pandemic, the ensuing recession, and the greatest civil rights movement since the 1960s…
Owning a small business in the Sierra Nevada is tough. Owning a small business in the middle of a pandemic? Even harder.
As co-owner of a small ski/bike shop in South Lake Tahoe, Sierra Ski and Cycle Works, (and SBC project manager of the Lake Tahoe Water Trail), I understand how vital outfitters are to educating the public and supporting our region’s triple bottom line.
Issues of inequity frequently hit our most vulnerable populations the hardest. We have witnessed this daily through the effects of climate change, racism, and mortality rates from COVID. Similarly, lack of access to broadband can disproportionately affect economically disadvantaged communities.
SBC is excited to share that the Resilience Fund-Sierra continues to gain traction in the Tahoe region, having now funded 19 businesses and counting. Founded to save Sierra businesses forced to close down during the pandemic earlier this spring, the Resilience Fund has provided its first wave of clients with loans, coaching, and other valuable services.
Do you know of an innovative partnership between California employers and educators that is successfully preparing workers to meet the needs of our economy?
SBC’s work frequently raises the alarm for crises facing the Sierra Nevada. The ongoing movement for racial justice has reminded us that we cannot tackle the challenges of our region relating to climate justice, small businesses, or environmental health, without also addressing the inequalities that people of color face both within our communities and beyond.
Amidst the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change increasingly threatens the health, welfare, and safety of all Californians. Through unprecedented crises, however, can come opportunity. In California, we have the chance to build a more resilient economic future by addressing the growing impacts of climate change through advancing a climate and economic resilience bond to the November ballot.
Energy Resilience and Independence: More Important Now Than Ever
It was a seemingly straightforward question from a close friend of mine, “Why are these wildfires getting worse and what are we doing about it”? At some point during my stammering, convoluted, and completely uninsightful response I realized that my job leads me to dig so deeply into the nuanced details of issues like wildfire and climate change that I’m awful at explaining what the heck is going on to anyone outside of my professional bubble.
SBC’s Big Day of Campaign boosted by The North Face’s $20,000 donation Sierra Business Council pioneers and demonstrates innovative approaches and solutions to increase community vitality, economic prosperity, environmental quality,
How to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day in the Era of Coronavirus While I’ve been working from home, I’ve been thinking about the dozens of social festivities that