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E-Newsline April, 2013
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This Month's Five Minute Task
Pass us around!  We're archiving all of our past newsletters and e-newslines (look for a link in next month's e-newsline!), but in the meantime you can already forward this link to colleagues who might be interested in our Spring newsletter on Energy Efficiency.

Question of the Month
What changes would you like to see on our website?  We will be undergoing extensive updates and some structural re-design in the coming months - email Erin with your thoughts!

Upcoming Events and Webinars
May 4:  2013 California Fellowship Selection Interviews, San Francisco, CA
May 18:  2013 New England Fellowship Selection Interviews, Boston, MA
Sept. 27-29:  New England Fall Fellows' Retreat, Ashland, MA
Oct. 4-6:  California Fall Fellows' Retreat, Sausalito, CA
Professional Conferences
Let Erin know if you will be attending any of these!

May 1-2:  CERES, San Francisco, CA

May 17-20:  National River Rally, St. Louis, MO

To our Fellows and Colleagues,
Our hearts go out to everyone in the Boston area, and in particular anyone who took part as a runner or spectator in the Marathon.  We hope that you and your loved ones are safe.  This tragedy deeply affected all of us, and our thoughts are with those who were closest.  May peace return.

April Highlights:  Switzer Network News and Discussions
Switzer Network News: Protecting Ourselves from Diesel Fumes, with Switzer Fellow Scott Fruin
Los Angeles, California, is one of the biggest transportation hubs in the world, but that has major health implications for residents.  Exposure to diesel fumes has an impact on everyone, and Switzer Fellow Scott Fruin documents those effects, especially on children.  This report is the third in our series on the goods movement industry and its environmental impacts, especially in California.  The other reports are:
It is becoming clear that relatively simple measures to "climate proof" infrastructure can contribute to more resilient freshwater ecosystems, save communities money in the long term, and better protect people from flood impacts from intense storms like Irene and Sandy, which we expect will become more frequent in the future, and contribute to healthier and more resilient freshwater ecosystems.  Yet, a host of economic and regulatory hurdles are leading to the perpetuation and even rebuilding of the stream crossings and roads with the same set of problems.

Switzer Program and Network News
Rafe Sagarin speaking at The New England Aquarium
Switzer Fellow Rafe Sagarin will speak about his most recent book, Learning from the Octopus, on Thursday, April 25, at 7 pm at The New England Aquarium.  Boston-area Fellows, support Rafe and hear a great talk!  Admission to all talks in this series at the Aquarium is free.
Reports on our recent spring retreats
Switzer Fellows worked closely with staff to organize and lead two incredibly informative and valuable weekends examining the myriad ecological and political aspects of water policy in the Sacramento- San Joaquin River Delta in California, and Marine Spatial Planning efforts taking place in New England's coastal and offshore waters.  Read Lissa Widoff's blog posts for highlights!
Missed Our Recent Webinar?  Materials Now Available!
Lessons for Homeowners from Green Affordable Housing (Switzer Foundation Webinar Series), with Beverly Craig, of Homeowner's Rehab, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
Fellow Gatherings
Boston Fellows in front of the fire!

Fellows in the Bay Area, Sacramento and in Boston recently got together for happy hour. Good times were had by all, and valuable networking occurred! We want to encourage Fellows to keep up the momentum on these informal events - please contact Erin if you want to volunteer to host a casual after-work get-together!
Bay Area Fellows having fun despite the cold and drizzle!
It's quick and easy - just
pick a local restaurant or pub, and email the listserve for your geographic area to let Fellows know what time to be there!  

Email Lauren if you need help accessing the listserve for your area.

Several Fellows also attended the recent Forward on Climate Rally in Washington, DC, on February 17th.  The purpose of the event was to encourage President Obama to take strong measures to mitigate climate change.  Switzer Fellow Frank Lowenstein gave us his thoughts about the event on the Switzer blog.  
New Leadership Exchange Posting
Switzer Fellow Jessica Shade, Director of Science Programs at The Organic Center in Washington, DC, has listed a position on the Leadership Exchange for a Fellow interested in Sustainable Agriculture Research and Communication.
Communications Training:  "So Tweet This, Maybe?" - Promoting Your Work in Social Media (from COMPASS)
It can feel uncomfortable to promote your own work.  But it's essential in a busy, noisy world.  It's better to think of this promotion as standing up for your ideas.  Are they worth it?  Then go to work for them.
Join the Post Carbon Institute's Energy Reality Campaign
An invitation from our colleagues at the Post Carbon Institute:  We are now at a transformational moment in our energy story.  The Post Carbon Institute hopes that Switzer Fellows, as influential leaders, will join the Institute's national campaign to increase energy literacy.  There are a couple of ways to get involved:
Send Us Your Media Contacts
Pull out that Rolodex and send Lauren your media contacts!  We're reaching out to journalists who have covered our Fellows' work to connect them with the rest of the Switzer Network.  We'll reference you in the letter, so please only send names of folks you know! 
Catch up on The Go!
Are you reading this email on your mobile phone?  If so, check out the new mobile-friendly version of our website!
Fellows in the News Highlights (remember, these are just a few recent highlights!  Catch up on all Fellows in the News on our website!)
Shaye Wolf's (2000) work on applying the Endangered Species Act to protect pikas from global warming was featured in a recent book about conservation in the West titled, "The Spine of the Continent: The Most Ambitious Wildlife Conservation Project Ever Undertaken," by Mary Ellen Hannibal.
Carolina Balazs's (2009) report on high levels of arsenic in Central Valley drinking water was featured on KQED.
Rafe Sagarin (2000) applied lessons of adaptability from biology to the business world in a post on the Harvard Business Review's blog.
Dave Wiley (1999) was interviewed on the BBC about whale maps and an iPad app he developed that are helping protect whales from ship strikes.

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