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Sierra Business Council announces annual Vision Award Winners

Special to the Sun

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The Sierra Business Council (SBC) is pleased to announce this yearand#8217;s Sierra Vision Award winners. These individuals and organizations have contributed exceptional work toward securing the social, natural and financial health of the Sierra Nevada region. The celebration of their work will be held May 1 at the Sierra Health Foundation in Sacramento, Calif., 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The event is open to the public and refreshments and locally sourced appetizers will be served. Space is limited, so RSVPs are required to attend this free event. Please visit http://www.sbcouncil.org/events for more information and to register or call SBCand#8217;s Anna Toso at 530-582-4800, ext. 10.

Sierra Vision Award winners

The Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group: for its major contributions to local communities. The organization works to create fire-safe communities, healthy forests, watersheds and sustainable economies. Its efforts have helped generate jobs and provided hope to individuals in poverty-stricken areas.

Ian Rogoff: Angel Investor and Entrepreneur Ian Rogoff is a leading figure in establishing entry level and managerial jobs in clean, renewable energy to the Sierra Nevada. He is active in educational and research pursuits, product and market innovation, public policy, collaboration, economic development and job creation in both the public and private sectors in the region.

Jenine Windeshausen: Placer County Treasurer and Tax Collector Jenine Windeshausen is a visionary leader who has been instrumental in creating the regionand#8217;s first Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program (mPOWER Placer). Her unique application to the program design has elevated it to national attention. Jenine has created an innovative model that bridges the intersection of economy, environment and the community while providing valuable services to the region.

John Mount: As a Registered Professional Forester, John Mount has demonstrated tireless dedication in mentoring youth and educating the public about the benefits of forest management. Among Mountand#8217;s many actions in support of California forestry, he committed himself and his entire forestry staff to the very first offering of the Northern California Society of American Foresterand#8217;s (SAF) sponsored Forest Conservation Days.

John Olmsted: Sierra Business Council is also pleased to present a and#8220;Lifetime Achievement Awardand#8221; to activist and trail builder John Olmsted. This achievement is not awarded annually and is reserved for only truly exceptional individuals who have made exceptional contributions. Inspired by John Muir, Olmsted devoted his entire life and all of his resources to conservation, education, watershed awareness, and creating a trans-California hiking trail. Unfortunately, John passed away last year. His son Alden, who continues to carry out his work, will accept the award.

About Sierra Business Council

Founded in 1994, the Sierra Business Council is the only business organization serving the entire Sierra Nevada region. SBC is a nonprofit association of more than 700 businesses, agencies and individual members committed to promoting a new perspective on regional wealth while emphasizing collaboration in planning and policy making. SBCand#8217;s mission is to secure the social, natural, and financial health of the Sierra Nevada for this and future generations. Projects focus on community-based planning, conservation, leadership development and sustainable business and development practices to build a sustainable future for the region. SBC provides communities the tools and models to develop livable towns and prosperous economies while maintaining a strong sense of place and protecting natural resources. For more information visit http://www.sbcouncil.org or call 530-582-4800.

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