December 2014
Support for Clean Power
In November, the Switzer Foundation joined 66 other foundations supporting the principles behind the EPA's proposed rule to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants.  As we did in joining the Divest/Invest Philanthropy movement, we stand with our foundation colleagues to model the leadership we hope others will follow.

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Join Us for Brunch in DC

Switzer Fellows in the DC area, please join us for brunch to kick off the spring retreat training for 2014 Fellows!  This year, we are gathering all 2014 Fellows, from both coasts, for a two-day policy communications training with COMPASS.  We will start the retreat with a networking brunch so new Fellows can meet our DC-based contingent.

Date:    Sunday, March 1, 2015
Time:    10 - Noon
Place:   Washington Plaza Hotel, Monroe Ballroom

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Maximizing Moritz, et al.: On Publication and Promotion

Much more goes into promoting a publication than simply writing a press release.  Max Moritz is the lead author of a paper on coexisting with wildfire that he believes holds real-world implications for people's health, safety, and financial well-being.  Read about how he worked with our training partner COMPASS to refine his message and get his information to the people he wanted to reach.

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Early Bird Registration for National Adaptation Forum

The National Adaptation Forum, which boasts a number of Switzer Fellows on the Steering Committee (Lara Hansen as Chair!), will be held May 12-14th in St. Louis, MO.  Early bird registration ends on February 28 - don't miss it!
Switzer Fellows Continue to Lead on Bay-Delta Management

A number of Fellows convened at the recent Bay-Delta Science Conference in Sacramento, CA.  A primary objective of the conference was to enhance connections between the science and management communities of the Delta to ensure a two-way flow of information on Delta environmental issues.  In the photo are (l-r) Jessica Davenport, Juliet Lamont (Switzer colleague and Fellowship interviewer), Katrina Schneider, Caitlin Crain, and Andrea Shephard.  We are thrilled to follow the work of our Bay-Delta Fellows after our spring retreat visit to the area in 2013!

Twitter Environmentalists:  Who do you Follow?

We are compiling a list for a January post on The Top 50 Environmentalists on Twitter, according to Switzer Fellows.  Tell us who you follow!  You can tweet with hashtag #SwitzerTop50 on Twitter, post a comment on our LinkedIn Group post with the Twitter usernames, or email Lauren.

Weekly LinkedIn Announcements

We now have over 200 Fellows on our LinkedIn group, Switzer Fellowship Network!  To use the service more effectively, we have started posting weekly announcements to the group with discussions, hot jobs, and more.  If you'd like to start receiving these posts, please join the group, and let us know how else we can make this LinkedIn group suit your needs.  Thanks!
In October 2013, the Switzer Foundation helped fund, through a Network Innovation Grant, an event organized by Fellows Melissa Nelson and Susannah McCandless called the North American Community Environmental Leadership Exchange.  The event focused on indigenous engagement in efforts to protect and restore biological and cultural resources of Native American lands.
Upcoming Events
Switzer Network Call - Emerging from Stay-at-home Parenting
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 12:30 pm ET

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Switzer Network Call - Environmental Education
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 12:30 pm ET

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Switzer Network Call - Northern New England (ME, NH, VT)
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 12:30 pm ET
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Switzer Network Call - Environmental Justice
Wednesday, February 11, 2015- 12:30 pm ET
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Switzer Networking Brunch, Washington, DC
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 10 a.m. - Noon
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Professional Conferences
December 15-19, 2014:  American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA

January 27-29, 2015National Council for Science & the Environment National Conference - Energy and Climate Change, Washington, DC

January 29-31, 2015New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, Baltimore, MD

February 11-12, 2015Citizen Science Association Conference, San Jose, CA

February 12-16, 2015American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting, San Jose, CA
Fellows in the News
Tracey Osborne (2004) co-authored the report, Indigenous Peoples and REDD+: A Critical Perspective, which tackles issues like land tenure, benefit-sharing, safeguards and finance - particularly the role of market mechanisms.

Caroline Howe (2013) was featured in a new podcast, "Living the Questions: Exploring Questions That Matter", in which she discusses how much we as consumers really "need."

Eunice Blavascunas's (2005) film, Black Stork, White Stork
, is now available for online streaming.

Thor Hanson's (1998) first book, The Impenetrable Forest, is now available in paperback and e-book.

Kendra Klein (2011) wrote on how to retrofit the supply chain to meet hospitals' demand for local food.
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