August 2015
Register Now for Fall Retreats!

As you all know by now, we are kicking off our 30th anniversary celebration this year with our fall retreats!  Registration is now open for both retreats.  This year we are offering an expanded training component with two workshops:  one for new Fellows and interested alumni led by our partners at Rockwood Leadership Institute on 'Transformative Leadership', another for alumni only led by colleagues at Visions, Inc. on race and privilege in environmental leadership.  We're also offering more outdoor and informal networking time on Sunday.  See links to the agendas, below.  Fellow alums who live locally to each retreat are welcome to bring the family on Sunday to enjoy the outdoor amenities at each location.  The registration deadline for both retreats is Friday, August 28th, but space is limited in both workshops, so register early!  Contact Erin for more information.

New England:  September 18-20th, Warren Conference Center, Ashland, MA
California:  October 2-4th, NatureBridge at Marin Headlands, Sausalito, CA
Photo: Flickr/VerdeSam
30th Anniversary Events

In addition to the fall retreats, we have several 30th anniversary celebration events lined up, so please mark your calendars and stay tuned for more events and more details in coming months!  Currently scheduled events include:

Saturday, March 12, 2016:  Reception and dinner
Urbana at the Hotel Palomar, Washington, DC

Thursday, March 24, 2016:  Reception, with featured speaker Terry Tempest Williams (invited)
Boston, MA

Friday, May 20, 2016:  Reception
San Francisco, CA

Please stay tuned for announcements about the events on our website calendar, or through ENews and listserv announcements.  We look forward to celebrating with many of you in the coming year!

Leadership Grant Program Announcement

We have made the difficult decision to suspend the upcoming fall Leadership Grant cycle due to some anticipated one-time expenses coming up this year.  We will consider only renewal proposals this fall, and will resume normal Leadership Grant Program operations for the spring cycle (concept letters due February 1st, invited proposals due March 1st).  Reminder:  All ideas must be presented to staff by phone prior to submitting a concept letter.

This decision does not affect the Network Innovation Grant program!  If you have a Network Innovation idea, please contact Erin any time.  In fact, think about the fall retreats as a great place to network with other Fellows and come up with a Network Innovation idea.
Photo: Martin Abegglen/Flickr
Switzer Foundation Divestment Update

Almost a year ago, the Switzer Foundation joined Divest-Invest Philanthropy, the foundation and endowment side of the broader fossil fuel divestment movement.  Fellows have asked us to give updates as the process of divestment moves forward, and we're pleased to do so!  Read Lissa's blog post for the latest.
Photo Collage: Sarah Moffitt
Hey Scientist!  Are You Ready to Talk to the Media?

Fellow Sarah Moffitt recently published two research papers on climate change in ocean systems, both with a significant media splash.  On the other side of that experience, she has some hard-won perspective about what worked for her - and what she still needs to practice.

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Photo: Sue Chiang
Switzer Grant Outcomes:  Exposing the Hidden Dangers of Fracking

When you ask Switzer Fellow Sue Chiang about what drives her passion to expose the hidden dangers of fracking, her answer is straight and to the point.  "We're looking at a new California Gold Rush, only this time the frenzy is nationwide, and now we have technology that's capable of leaving an environmental footprint exponentially more harmful than what was possible in the past," says Chiang.

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Photo: California Tomato Machinery
Ildi Carlisle-Cummins - From Ketchup to California Cuisine: How the Mechanical Tomato Harvester Prompted Today's Food Movement

California's sauce tomatoes are never harvested by hand.  As part of a Switzer Leadership Grant, Fellow Ildi Carlisle-Cummins introduces us to the machine that changed an industry, practically overnight.

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Upcoming Events
Network Call:  Air Quality
Wednesday, August 12 - 12:30 pm ET

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Daniel Newberry - Darlingtonia's Home in the Southern Oregon Siskiyous
Leach Botanical Garden, Portland, OR
Thursday, August 13 - 7:00 pm PT
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Adrienne Leppold - Advanced Field Methods for Studying Songbird and Raptor Migration
Steuben, ME
Sunday, August 23 - Saturday, August 29
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Network Call:  Working with Funders
Wednesday, September 2 - 12:30 pm ET

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Network Call:  Sustainability on Campuses
Wednesday, September 9 - 12:30 pm ET
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Network Call:  Fellows in the Southwestern U.S.
Wednesday, September 16 - 12:30 pm ET
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New England Fall Fellows' Retreat
Warren Conference Center, Ashland, MA
Friday, September 18 - Sunday, September 20
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Network Call:  Fellows in the Pacific Northwest
Wednesday, September 23 - 12:30 pm ET/9:30 am PT
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Ildi Carlisle-Cummins - Docks to Delta: Listening to the Landscape Along the Capitol Corridor
Saturday, September 26 - all day
Oakland to Sacramento, CA
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California Fall Fellows' Retreat
NatureBridge at Marin Headlands, Sausalito, CA
Friday, October 2 - Sunday, October 4
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Fellows in the News
Evan Hansen (1996) and Downstream Strategies released a report detailing major sources of greenhouse gas emissions and opportunities to reduce emissions and energy costs in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Angel Hsu (2012) co-authored an opinion piece in The Guardian on the importance of businesses moving beyond greenwash and empty promises at the Paris climate talks later this year.

Doug Johnson (1999) was quoted in a Los Angeles Times article on invasives being used in "water-wise" yards in California.

Rachel Morello-Frosch (1995) has advocated for frank talk about chemical exposures by physicians.

Jesus Mendoza, Jr. (1996) has announced Merced farmers now able to accept CalFresh, expanding access to healthy, local, nutritious food to low income Californians.

Isaac Silverman (2010) was quoted on about the proposed large-scale development in Squaw Valley in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Doreen Stabinsky (1991) weighed in on the question of whether climate change or ISIS is the greater threat to mankind.

Jessica Shade (2011) and The Organic Center have issued a report on bee-friendly organic farming practices that can be adopted by all food producers.

Chris Maroshegyi (2014) interviewed Unilever CEO about sustainable and inclusive business practices.
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