Category: green energy

Sierra Commons is proud to be co-sponsoring this event.

CleanStart PowerUP, presented by SARTA

You’ll be able to connect with your colleagues, pitch your product or company in your very own promotional video (included in the attendance fee), receive feedback on your clean tech product ideas and possibly win the 4 minute video raffle prize — good luck!   

  • Learn what your colleagues are doing and tell the crowd what you’re up to. If you have a new product or program, come share it with the community!
  • Pitch your product or company with your very own promotional video, included in the attendance fee.
  • Meet investors, entrepreneurs, service providers, researchers and more.
  • Learn about the Clean Tech Open and how to participate in 2013.
  • Receive feedback on your clean tech product ideas.

Date:  Tuesday, June 26, 2013

Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: Esterly Hall | 336 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Cost: General Admission: $30; SARTA Members: $15, Students: $10


CleanStart is an initiative of SARTA designed to accelerate the development of clean technology ventures within the greater Sacramento region. Our mission is to empower entrepreneurs with the knowledge, capital and connections that are critical to creating a successful new business.

  • CONNECTING Sacramento region’s clean tech community through The Sacramento Clean Tech Showcase, Clean Tech Executive Breakfast forums and regional CleanStart Advisory Committee meetings
  • PROMOTING the Sacramento region’s clean tech economy in the annual CleanStart Progress Report, Sacramento Region Clean Tech Cluster interactive map, at The Sacramento Clean Tech Showcase, on social media & news outlets and at statewide and national events
  • EDUCATION Clean Tech business leaders through our Leadership Series: Clean Tech Track offering industry specific content for executives and entrepreneurs

The Art and Science of Creating a Mutant Vehicle

Thursday, July 14th. 6 – 8pm with rides to benefit Sierra Commons after 8pm.


Chris with the Now-A-Saurus

Sierra Commons will host a special bonus Tech Talk on Thursday, July 14, featuring the art and science of creating a mutant vehicle or “art car”. Tech Talks are forums for Nevada County residents to share new ideas, ongoing projects, and interesting work in the fields of science, engineering, and technology.

What does it take to create a mutant vehicle for burning man? What materials make sense for construction? What kinds of power and electrical sources will I need? How can I make sure any extraneous construction elements are strong enough? What is a good theme? How do I transport it on the highway? This presentation will answer all of these questions and more, from the perspective of how one mutant vehicle called Now-A-Saurus came to be. A blend of dinosaur, vehicle, and sacred geometry, molded into an artistic and engineering marvel, Now-A-Saurus is one builder’s journey to the moment of now.  more

Robert Trent, Sierra Commons Executive Director, will be presenting how job creation helps our local communities thrive.

We will also be tabling at the event, so you will have a chance to speak with Sierra Commons members about how Sierra Commons can help your business.

Presentations will be at
Saturday May 21, 10am
Sunday May 22, 4pm

About Green Life Eco Fest

GreenLife Eco Festival – presented by SIGBA and Local Green Sierra – will be held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, May 21-22nd 2011 and is now looking for sponsors, speakers, vendors and volunteers – Volunteers receive a Free T-shirt and 3 free passes. If you are interested or would like more info contact – for vendors and speakers and for sponsorship opportunities.

For more information, visit the Green Life Facebook page

Do you want to learn more about sustainability and the environment?
Would you like an opportunity to gain valuable work experience this summer?

Welcome to the One Stop Business & Career Center’s Intro to Green Construction. This opportunity combines classroom time with a paid internship for eligible 18-24 year olds. The program is made possible by a grant from the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration via the California Workforce Investment Board.

Between June and August, participants will have the opportunity to work, learn and earn. Internship hours will range per position from 20-40 hours per week. Wages are set at $8 per hour. Interested candidates must attend an informational meeting (see below). more

Tech Talk Returns May 12th

On May 12, In Part Five of Sierra Commons’ Six-part “Tech Talk” lecture and networking series, Ray Darby will explore the nitty gritty of how solar energy can save home owners energy AND money. Tech Talks are forums for Nevada County residents to share new ideas, ongoing projects, and interesting work in the fields of science, engineering, and technology.

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Ray’s talk will focus on the solar and energy efficiency options that homeowners need to be aware of in order to reduce their energy costs cost-effectively. He’ll cover the costs and benefits, explain why sustainable energy is so important today, and use his own household as an example of what other households can do to earn a very high return on their investment.

Ray Darby, a licensed mechanical engineer specializing in solar and energy efficiency since 1977, has worked extensively with the California Energy Commission, California Utilities and the U.S. Department of Energy. His company, Sustainable Energy Group, is a general contracting firm that is licensed to provide electrical and plumbing contracting services. Their mission is to help building owners identify and implement their most cost-effective energy options and to educate the community on sustainable energy. more

On Thursday, April 14, at 7:00pm, Tim Hitchcock will explore the concept of using peer production to build electric transportation for Part 4 of Sierra Commons’ 6-part “Tech Talk” lecture and networking series. Tech Talks are forums for Nevada County residents to share new ideas, ongoing projects, and interesting work in the fields of science, engineering, and technology.

Peer production, a new way of producing goods and services that relies on self-organizing communities of individuals who come together to produce a shared outcome, is changing the way we design, build, control and own technology. Moving beyond software (Linux, Wikipedia, Mozilla), peer production is now starting to be applied to hardware. Using Finland-based group eCars Now! as a model, Tim will talk about how peer production in electric transportation is changing the world and saving the planet.

Tim Hitchcock is a multi-disciplinarian with background in art, science, medicine, architecture and engineering. Disciple of Bucky Fuller and graduate of The Evergreen State College, Tim is currently promoting and developing electric vehicles, geodesic domes and off-grid clean energy. He is Chief Newt at Newt Industries and Chief Magical Connector for eCars Now! California.


Thanks to everyone who participated in the new business brainstorming session on October 7, it was a great success! Over twenty people showed up to pack the conference room at Sierra Commons and contribute their best and most creative ideas about what kind of new businesses might create jobs and revenue in Nevada County.

Despite the depressing economic climate, the mood was light-hearted and optimistic at Sierra Commons last Thursday. The session started out by reviewing the wealth of resources that Nevada County has to offer, from our beautiful natural environment to the large number of video, nonprofit, and green technology experts that call our county home. After looking at what is missing from Nevada County (a brewery!), we drew inspiration from the many businesses that are currently thriving in our area, such as organic farming, individual consultants, co-operative grocery stores, and education.


For Immediate Release Contact: Shawn Garvey 530.559.2791

$3 Million Awarded for Waste to Energy Facilities

Nevada City-based The Grant Farm secures $3 million for two energy projects that will create 525 construction jobs and 75 permanent green energy positions more

Energy Commission Monies Fund Innovative Retrofit of Utility Vehicles Nevada City-based

The Grant Farm connects Green Energy Professionals with Government Funding

Nevada City, California – Californians may all breathe a bit easier as a result of a recent grant developed by Nevada City-based The Grant Farm for Terex Utilitiesmore

The Earth, The Water, The Fire, The Air.
Work Healing the Environment, the Economy, and our Lives
Hosted by W.H.E.E.L.

April 22nd, 2010  6:30 PM

United Methodist Church Community Hall

433 Broad Street

Nevada City, CA 95959 more