One theme uniting the Sierra Commons office is a commitment to sustainability. We tend to think the ecological benefits of resource-sharing at the office are as positive as the benefits on our overhead costs. Some of us are actively involved in sustainability efforts, like Keith Logan—the principal of sustainability consulting firm Logan and Associates, which he runs from Sierra Commons.
Keith is a founder of the Northern California Biomass Utilization Task Force. He penned an article in The Union recently explaining the principles and goals of the Task Force.
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Host Cheryl Noble praised the Commons as “professional plug-and-play infrastructure.”
“But really, it’s more than that, it’s more than just a turnkey office.” Robert observed. “You’re buying into a business community. It’s not only an infrastructure, it’s serendipity, it’s energy, it’s interaction between your coworkers.”
Mike Mooers also appeared on the show to discuss the Eat Local Challenge put on by BriarPatch Co-op and Think Local First Nevada County Foothills. Mike was enthusiastic about the availability of local meats in Nevada County—though Noble appeared certain he’d been eating a lot of “Big Whoppers.” Mike, a marketing guru who offices at Sierra Commons, is also on the board of Think Local First.
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Ken Krugler and Mike Mooers are two of the six businesses or independent contractors who work at Sierra Commons, which since May has been on the third floor of the Stone House. On this day, they are pecking away on their computers, looking comfortable in shorts, short-sleeved shirts and caps. Stress levels are undetectable. Productivity, meanwhile, is humming along nicely.
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“You get a lot more value for your money,” Trent said. “We’re not making money by subletting. That’s not why we’re doing it. It’s all about getting some energy going to share some ideas and learn from each other. Being a part of this downtown is important to us.”
Sheldon, who does troubleshooting, network administration and installation, and Web design and development, used to work at home.
“I think it’s fair to say that my productivity has increased 250 percent. I get so distracted at home.
“It feels very good to say ‘I have an office,’” Sheldon added.