2023 Nevada County Sustainability Summit
INSPIRE - CONNECT - ACT
This is the second annual event hosted in partnership with Martis Camp and Nevada County to bring together federal, state, regional and local leaders to INSPIRE one another, CONNECT local leaders and stakeholders, and provide tangible examples and resources to help one another to ACT to mitigate, respond and adapt to climate change by becoming more resilient. The Summit aims to provide a dual opportunity for attendees to learn about regional and community collaborative leaders on environmental conservation, public land stewardship, and climate mitigation, b) to learn about the successes, efforts and challenges that regional leaders face regarding efforts of conservation, and c) promote and foster networking opportunities to advance regional sustainability; all of which will serve to advance Nevada County’s Board Objective of Climate Resiliency.
In the fall of 2022, Supervisor Hardy Bullock teamed up with Scott Bower of Martis Camp, and Supervisor Heidi Hall to hold a Sustainability Summit to elevate local and regional work around conservation, and climate action. In the subsequent spring, Supervisor Bullock and Supervisor Hall were successful in advancing Climate Resilience as a 2023 Board Priority Objective. Specifically, on January 27, 2023, at the Nevada County Board of Supervisors’ Annual Workshop, the Board provided direction to staff to include Climate Resilience as a 2023 Board Priority Objective to "safeguard Nevada County’s economic durability, environmental integrity, and public health and safety by preparing for, adapting to, and mitigating changing climate conditions in a way that reflects our rural quality of life." On February 7, 2023, the Board adopted its annual priority objectives including Climate Resilience via Resolution 23-068.
The County Executive Office and the Office of the Board of Supervisors has partnered to co-manage the new objective for its first year. In addition, the Chair of the Board of Supervisors formed an Ad Hoc Climate Resilience Subcommittee that includes District 1 Supervisor Heidi Hall and District 5 Supervisor Hardy Bullock to provide policy guidance to staff for year one. The County also formed an internal Core Workgroup that is co-managed by CEO Project Administrator Ariel Lovett, Board of Supervisors Sr. Management Analyst Jeffrey Thorsby, and CEO/BOS Administrative Analyst Mandy Stewart. In addition to the Core Workgroup, the County created an internal county team that provides consultation, input and works to ensure other county projects related to climate resilience are tracked and incorporated under the Objective’s 5 Initiatives:
- Protect and Harden Critical Infrastructure
- Enhance carbon storage and sequestration on natural and working lands
- Enhance collaboration to increase community capacity and achieve climate goals
- Pursue funding and advocacy opportunities
- Align strategies in coordinated strategic plan
In an effort to advance the county's Climate Resilience Initiative #3, to enhance collaboration to increase community capacity and achieve climate goals, the Nevada County Sustainability Summit was officially incorporated into a county sponsored event as apart of the Board's annual priorities. In addition, Nevada County is proud to continue its teamwork with regional partner Martis Camp on the summit.
Martis Camp is the pinnacle of private ski and golf resort communities in North America. In this pocket of High Sierra mountains and meadows are 2,177 acres containing all that makes life unique – a private ski lodge with world-class skiing, Tom Fazio championship golf, a park, trails, fine dining, and the pleasures of a Beach Shack on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Martis Camp was the first Truckee/Tahoe region community to achieve Firewise USA@ qualification (2018) and establish a Residential Emergency Preparedness Program (2019). In 2021 and 2022, Martis Camp hosted California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara for two on-site sessions about residential fire insurance. Their dedication to forest health, fire safety and land conservation reaches far beyond the boundaries of Martis Camp, proven by the relationships forged with Cal Fire and Truckee Fire Protection District and numerous Nevada and Placer County agencies.