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.