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Sierra Business Council

Our programs work to elevate the community, environment and economy – SBC

The Sierra Business Council was founded in 1994 in the face of rapid growth and development in the Sierra Nevada region. In response to this development, Sierra Business Council was determined to demonstrate that environmental and economic interests are not always competing, but instead compliment each other. At the time, the sustainability concept was not a new one, but consider Sierra Business Council the singular sustainability organization working for the entire region. Our members are a blend of business owners, local government officials and staff, political leaders, and community members looking to manage protecting the beautiful, resource-rich place in which we live, with smart community and economic development.

Ultimately we see challenges as opportunities. Through innovation, integrity, and respect, the Sierra Business Council fosters and harnesses these opportunities by implementing and modeling proactive adaptation to a shifting environment, economy, and population. These measures will empower the Sierra Nevada to become the best place to raise a family, seek adventure, engage in community, grow a business, to learn, and find meaningful work – a place of hope and accomplishment.

We work in the program areas of ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT, COMMUNITY, and LEADERSHIP. Current programs include: the Sierra Nevada Geotourism Project, Sierra Nevada Energy Watch, Green Communities, Eastern Sierra Economic Assesment, Northern Sierra Partnership, Sierra Nevada Carbon Cooperative, Sierra Leadership Institute, Eastern Sierra Land Tenure Project.


SBC has conserved over 50,000 acres of forests, woodlands, family farms, and ranches in the Sierra Nevada.

The Sierra Leadership Institute has provided leadership training to over 500 people living in the Sierra Nevada.

In April of 2008 SBC partnered with an award-winning community-media making organization in order to share a radio show with over 130 radio stations nationwide titled, “Saving the Sierra: Grassroots Solutions for Sustaining Rural Communities.”

We have partnered with many individuals and organizations throughout the Sierra to create a plethora of publications containing a wealth of information about the financial and environmental health of the Sierra Nevada, including:

The Sustaining Rural Places Toolkit, a listener’s guide that leads people from all over the nation to next steps and helps them discover their role in the planning process.

The Thriving Forests Compendium, concise, yet comprehensive compilation of a body of knowledge of sustainable forestry projects in or relevant to the Sierra Nevada.

The State of the Sierra, representing the third edition of the Sierra Business Council’s indicator project to identify trends affecting the social, natural, and financial capital of the Sierra Nevada.

The Sediment Source Control Handbook, presenting a set of principles and practices for sediment source control on disturbed sites in the West.

How to Support

Become a member: Sierra Business Council remains the innovative leader in providing communities with the tools and models to link people, nature, and the economy and your membership is valuable to us. By a network of individuals, organizations, and businesses, your membership helps us make the Sierra Nevada a model of progress and prosperity.

Donate: We depend on you, the residents and visitors of the region, to keep our work going.

Intern: The Sierra Business Council is always looking for volunteer interns within a diversity of our program areas. This role may assist the following projects: Sierra Nevada Geotourism, Sierra Nevada Carbon Cooperative, SBC communications, membership and administration, and also event planning.

Volunteer: Volunteers assist with SBC programs, communications, membership and administration.

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