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November 16, 2016

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

Sierra Nevada Alliance Holiday Giving Campaign, including Give Back Tuesday!

It’s that time of year again! The Alliance is hosting a Holiday Giving Campaign between now and the end of December, as well as participating in Give Back Tuesday on November 29th. Donate $250+ before the end of December and you will not only receive an insulated Sierra Nevada Alliance Kleen Kanteen and a copy of Tim Palmer’s book, Glaciers of California, but you will also be entered into a raffle to win a Sierra Adventure Pack.

Visit our website for additional details, and stay tuned for updates!

Call for Abstracts: Reclaiming the Sierra 2017 with the Sierra Fund!

Reclaiming the Sierra 2017 offers a platform for progress toward a more resilient future at the nexus of cutting edge science, forward thinking policy and state of the art technology. This event draws hundreds of leaders in the fields of science, policy, research, environmental regulation, water quality, consulting, mining, public health and environmental advocacy. The Sierra Fund invites interdisciplinary researchers to submit abstracts describing strategies for headwaters resiliency.

Consideration will be given to abstracts that address the following themes:

1. Assessment and Abatement Strategies for Environmental Toxins
2. Ecosystem Function and Resiliency
3. Policies to Promote Responsible Land Use and Management

Deadline to submit: January 31, 2017

Visit the conference website for specific details including abstract submission guidelines and submission procedure.

TERC Monthly Lectures: Climate Change Models Using Ocean Species!

Andrew Whitehead, associate professor UC Davis Department of Environmental Toxicology, is a comparative genome biologist and molecular ecotoxicologist. Join him for a discussion on Developing Models for Climate Change Research Using Ocean Species.

Date: Dec 08, 2016, 5:30-7pm
Location: Sierra Nevada College, 291 Country Club Drive, Incline Village NV
Details: Registration for this event is free but required. The program will begin at 6 p.m. with refreshments and no-host bar from 5:30-6pm. A $5 suggested donation will be collected at the door.

Please click here to register.

Webinar: White House Resilience Opportunities Report!

Date: November 18, 2016, 2pm (ET)
Details: President Obama has taken unprecedented steps to enhance preparedness for the impacts of climate change. The October 31 release of a Resilience Opportunities Report outlines key opportunities for advancing climate resilience moving forward. Please join this webinar to learn more about this new report from White House officials and Federal agency representatives.

Click here to RSVP for the webinar, which will discuss the Obama administration’s foundation for this work and present the opportunities for future action.

15th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival: At The Edge!

Join SYRCL for another fabulous weekend at the largest film festival of its kind. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival sits apart from the hundreds of festivals around the world by leaving you feeling INSPIRED and MOTIVATED to go out and make a difference in your community and the world.

Date: January 12-16, 2017
Location: Location TBD, likely by Nevada City, CA

Visit the festival website for more details! Or, review the tour calendar to find a tour date near you!

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Environmental Incentives: Associate, Senior Associate, Marketing Specialist!

Environmental Incentives is seeking a marketing specialist, 1-2 full-time associates and 1-2 senior associates to join their South Lake Tahoe headquarters, and support wildlife and water programs.

Please review Associate, Senior Associate, and Marketing Specialist vacancy postings.

Volunteer Opportunity: Adopt-a-stream with the Truckee River Watershed Council!

Adopted streams are monitored by a committed team of volunteers four times a year, May through September. TRWC trains the teams and provides all the equipment and supplies.

To join a team or adopt a stream, sign up to volunteer here!

Putah Creek Council Job Opening: Executive Director!

Putah Creek Council's board is beginning the search for an experienced leader to usher their thriving organization into a fourth decade of advocacy, education, and community-based stewardship in Winters, CA. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and leads the organization consistent with the mission, values, policies, and plans of the Council. Working with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director manages the Council’s programs and projects, supervises staff, and oversees the organization’s day-to-day operations. Deadline December 15.

For more info and job description, please click here!

Area CE Vegetable Production & Irrigation Advisor!

The University of California Cooperative Extension Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources announce a research-based vacancy in Modesto, CA, with a specific emphasis on irrigation water management, specifically low volume irrigation, to address these pressing water problems in the three-county, North San Joaquin Valley region of Merced, Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties. Closing Date: December 9, 2016.

For more information, click here!


Help the Sierra Nevada Alliance, the Environment, and Yourself!

Have you ever wanted to switch to clean energy? Find out how from our clean energy concierge partner, MyDomino. MyDomino is offering Alliance supporters a free 1-month membership ($99 value), during which time they’ll help you figure out how to switch to clean energy. There is no commitment required to redeem your free membership, and as an added bonus, MyDomino will make a donation to the Alliance every time one of our supporters contacts them! Use our Partner Code “ALLIANCE” at www.MyDomino.comto redeem the offer and make the donation. It has never been easier to donate to the Alliance and work toward environmental conservation at the same time!!

Southwest Airlines - 2017 Heart of the Community grant!

Southwest Airlines is in the business of connecting people to what’s important in their lives, whether it be to people or to places. By supporting central, vibrant, active public spaces, the Heart of the Community grants facilitate connections, which are the foundation for more resilient communities. The 2017 Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community grant application is open now through December 5th, 2016 4PM ET.

Please click here for more information!

Petition: Tell President Obama: Put Solar Panels On Federal Buildings!

Join the Center for Biological Diversity petition, asking President Obama to issue an Executive Order requiring the federal government to put solar panels on all federal buildings or, for incompatible buildings, to obtain energy from local distributed-solar energy.

Please click here to sign!

JMIE's Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Management (EPM)!

UC Davis is excited to announce a new Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Management (EPM) degree program at the John Muir Institute of the Environment. They are now accepting applications for students to start in the fall of 2017.

Please click here to to learn more.

Publication: The Cost of Alternative Water Supply and Efficiency Options in California!

A new Pacific Institute study has found that seawater desalination is among the most expensive options for meeting current and future water needs in California, while large stormwater capture projects are among the least expensive. The Cost of Alternative Water Supply and Efficiency Options in California is the first comprehensive analysis to examine the cost of strategies to augment local water supplies and reduce demand in California. The report uses methods developed in the field of energy economics to provide comparable cost estimates for these options.

You can read more about the report and download a copy here!

Publication: It Takes a City - The Case for Collaborative Climate Action!

In 2016, 533 cities disclosed their climate-related data through CDP's cities program. This annual global report analyzes this data with a view to show cities, regional governments, companies, and investors that there is a case for collaborating on climate action.

You can read this new release here!

Nominate a Clean Air Hero for the 2016 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards!

Since 2001, the California Air Resources Board has annually bestowed the distinguished Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards to extraordinary individuals for their significant career accomplishments in at least one of these air quality categories: research, environmental policy, science and technology, public education and community service. Nominations are due December 1, 2016.

More info here!


Sierra Nevada Alliance:

Holiday Giving Campaign, Including Give Back Tahoe!


It’s that time of the year!!

The Alliance is hosting a Holiday Giving Campaign between now and the end of December, as well as participating in Give Back Tahoe.

The holidays are just around the corner, and in the season of festivities The Sierra Nevada Alliance will be hosting a Holiday Giving Campaign. By becoming a supporter of The Alliance gift options are available. The Holiday Giving Campaign is taking place now though December and those who donate $250+ before the end of December will be giving an insulated Alliance Kleen Kanteen and be entered to win the Sierra Adventure Pack, which includes: gift certificates, golf for two, clothing, snowboard, and so much more.


Keeping with the holiday spirit, The Alliance is joining Give Back Tahoe 2016 offering methods to give, volunteer, and engage in our communities. Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation donors have come together and raised $45,000 in grants and created the Grant Challenge. Please visit to learn more about which Grant Challenge fits your mission best and develop a strategy to increase your chances of winning. The guidelines, eligibility, and donors are all listed on the website and we will keep you posted with updates. This will be a two-week competition and will run from November 29th though December 13th.


Community Members:
Want to share your talents, resources and time with nonprofit organizations in the North Tahoe - Truckee region? Throughout the year, local nonprofit organizations will upload volunteer opportunities and you can apply for them directly from this website. Read their missions and current projects in order to find out the best fit for your interests, talents, and skills. Volunteer now!

Please visit the SNA Holiday Giving Campaign website ( for more details. If you have any questions, please contact Carley O'Connell, 530-542-4546.

About The Sierra Nevada Alliance: Since 1993, the Sierra Nevada Alliance has been protecting and restoring Sierra lands, water, wildlife and communities. Our mission is to protect and restore the natural resources of the Sierra Nevada for future generations while promoting sustainable communities. We are truly an alliance. There are over eighty-five conservation-focused Member Groups that are based or work in the 400-mile mountain range that is the Sierra Nevada region.

If you would like to support the Sierra Nevada Alliance Initiatives,
please click here to contribute to our funding.

The policy of the Resource is to include articles that appear in local or major media outlets relevant to Sierra conservation. We also include news releases, event notices, funding opportunities and job announcements sent to us from our Member Groups and friends. If you as a reader disagree with the content of a submission we encourage you to submit a letter to the editor of the issuing publication to reach the broader audience who read the article. You are welcome to forward your letter to the editor to the Alliance for inclusion in our new "Letters to the Resource" section. We also invite Letters to the Resource to be directly submitted on any article with which you're concerned.

Newsletter contents prepared by Kate Gladstein.
If you have articles, events or announcements that you would like included in this newsletter or if you have feedback,
please email Kate!.

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