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E-Newsline September, 2014
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This Month's Five Minute Task
If you're working on an important and timely issue and you have visuals (photos, video) to go with it; or, if you've written an opinion piece or blog post we can share, talk to Lauren!  We'd love to share on our new website!  
Upcoming Switzer Events
September 10:  Switzer Fellows Networking Call, Fellows in Southern New England
September 19-21:  California Fall Fellows' Retreat, NatureBridge at Golden Gate, Sausalito, CA
September 24:  Switzer Fellows Networking Call, Business & Finance Fellows
September 26-28:  New England Fall Fellows' Retreat, Warren Conference Center, Ashland, MA

October 8:  Switzer Fellows Networking Call, Conservation Science & Biology

October 22:  Switzer Fellows Networking Call, The Role of Personal and Organizational Brand

Professional Conferences
Let Erin know if you will be attending any of these, and let Fellows know if you'd like to organize a Switzer gathering at a conference!

September 18-20: 
October 17-19: 
Bioneers, San Rafael, CA

October 22-23:  Greenbuild, New Orleans, LA

In last month's ENews, we incorrectly identified Fellow Brenda Zollitsch as a "Project Analyst" for the Association of State Wetland Managers under a Switzer Leadership Grant.  Brenda's correct title is "Policy Analyst".  
The Switzer Foundation Takes a Stand on Fossil Fuels  
At the Switzer Foundation, we believe that climate change is the defining issue of our time.  As an environmental foundation with a mission focused on developing the leadership we need to face local and global environmental challenges, we have recently chosen to take a leadership stance on the issue of climate by joining other foundation colleagues pledging to divest from fossil fuels in our endowment portfolio.  The Divest/Invest Philanthropy effort aims to mobilize foundations, universities, pension funds and other institutional investors to no longer profit from the top 200 fossil fuel companies.  Read more from Lissa Widoff, Executive Director, and Jen Sokolove, our Board chair!

September Highlights:  Leadership Stories and Discussions
We recently hosted a webinar and discussion with five Fellows who have experience working for the greater good from within large corporations.  Perspectives included internships and careers, developing products, getting things done inside systems, and more.  Listen to the webinar, and post thoughts and questions in the comments section.


1994 Fellow Lisa Bunin with the Center for Food Safety looks at the rigorous scientific research confirming organic really is better for you.

From light lifts to larger investments, ten ways to improve your communication skills in grad school.

A rundown of the best resources from our communications training partners at COMPASS.

Switzer Program and Network News
Fall Retreats - Network, network, network!

California retreat:  Sept. 19-21st, Sausalito, CA
New England retreat:  Sept. 26-28th, Ashland, MA

We are still hoping to catch as many Fellowship alumni as possible for the Sunday of each retreat!  Sunday will be a day of networking, sharing each other's work, and small group discussions on topics of interest.  Please help us maintain the vibrancy and high level of engagement of the Switzer Network by coming to meet the new Fellows, and re-connecting with Switzer staff, Trustees and fellow Fellows!  If you are interested in coming but haven't registered, please contact Erin as soon as possible.  We hope to see you there!

New Network Innovation Grant funded
Fellows Mike Antos and Carolina Balazs, working through the Council for Watershed Health in Los Angeles, have received a Switzer Network Innovation grant in the amount of $11,500.  Under this grant, they will plan and implement a working retreat of key people involved with strengthening the connections between California's Integrated Regional Water Management and local disadvantaged communities.

Annual Survey of Fellows
Our annual survey of Fellows who are 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years from their Fellowship year is going out soon!  If your Fellowship was in 2009, 2004, 1999, 1994, or 1989, be on the lookout for a SurveyMonkey link in your inbox.  Your responses are critical to helping us track news and career developments, see trends, and hear feedback and receive suggestions about our programming.  Thanks in advance for your responses!
Fellows in the News Highlights
(Remember, these are just a few highlights!  Catch up on all Fellows in the News on our website!)

Brian Bowen (2014) was on the winning MIT team for U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings Challenge.

Brian Haggerty (2013) is a panelist on a citizen science session at this year's Bioneers conference, and is leading a Citizen Science Ecology Walk at the conference (Fellows, please let Erin know if you will be at Bioneers!).

Rachel Golden (2014) has published an article on how California's energy pricing affects consumer behavior, grid reliability, and the environment.

Josh Donlan (1998) was featured on RadioLab, on a show about the Galapagos.

Dustin Mulvaney (2004) testified on behalf of the Sierra Club that Rocky Mountain Power Company's proposals in Utah would increase the economic payback on solar power.

Josh Donlan and Todd Gartner's (2006) work on pre-listing species conservation has resulted in a draft federal policy from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  (Josh and Todd were partially funded for this work by a Switzer Network grant!)

Colleen Callahan (2009), Deputy Director of UCLA's Luskin Center for Innovation, has released a study showing the untapped solar power potential in Los Angeles.  The report was cited in a White House announcement on President Obama's Climate Data Initiative.


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