October 2015
Fall Retreats: Another Great Year!
Lissa Widoff with the Foundation's birthday cake, at the CA fall retreat
As you all know, this year's fall retreats were the official kick-off to a year of celebrating our 30th anniversary, and both were terrific!  Both retreats featured a leadership training from our colleagues at Rockwood Leadership Institute.  In California, Fellow alumni were also able to participate in a workshop on the role of race, power and privilege in environmental leadership.  This year's retreats also allowed for more informal networking and outdoor time on Sunday, and we invited local Fellow alumni to bring family members on Sunday so even Fellows with prior family obligations could join their Switzer peers for the day.  We've received great reviews from participants on the retreats!   Thanks to all of our Fellow alums who joined us.  We look forward to seeing even more of you at 30th anniversary events in the coming year!
Speakers Confirmed for Switzer Receptions

Our line-up of 30th anniversary festivities is coming together nicely, including the confirmation of two fantastic speakers to join us for events in Boston and DC (see below!).  Here's a list of events planned:
  • January 14-18, 2016 at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Nevada City, CA - details will be announced soon.  We will be hosting a workshop and gathering at the Festival.
  • Saturday evening, March 12, 2016, Washington, DC - Dinner and keynote speaker, 1993 Switzer Fellow Jason Grumet, President and Founder of the Bipartisan Policy Center.  Jason is respected on both sides of the political aisle for his innovative approach to improving governmental effectiveness.  He founded the Bipartisan Policy Center in 2007 with former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole, and George Mitchell to develop and promote bipartisan solutions to public policy challenges.  (A great kick-off to the policy communications training which starts the next day!)
  • Friday, March 25, 2016, Boston, MA - Re-scheduled workshop on race, power and privilege in environmental leadership with VISIONS, Inc.
  • Friday evening, March 25, Boston, MA - Reception and speaker - author, conservationist and activist, Terry Tempest Williams!
  • March or April (date TBD) - southern California gathering
  • March or April (date TBD) - New York gathering
  • Friday, May 20, 2016 - Reception, San Francisco, CA
We will announce details for each of these as they emerge.  In the meantime, all Fellows should be on the lookout for a survey that seeks your perspectives on current environmental issues.  This is not our usual annual survey; it is tied directly to our 30th anniversary planning.  Thanks in advance for providing your input!
2016 Fellowship Applications 

Applications are now being accepted for 2016 Switzer Fellowships!  The application period opened on October 1st and we already have applicants working hard on their applications.  Fellows, please share the Call for Applications with your networks, if appropriate.  The 2016 class is the 30th class of Fellows selected since we began in 1986!  

See Fellowship Guidelines for more information.
Switzer Network Innovation

Switzer Fellow innovators, we know you're out there!  One of our goals for our 30th year is to catalyze some Network Innovation proposals from you.  We think the Switzer Network has the capacity to make headway on some of the most complex problems we have today - drought, renewable energy implementation, habitat loss, to name but a few.  Through the Network Innovation Grant Program, we are prepared to bring Fellows together across disciplines to tackle some of these really critical and important issues.  Because working outside of your existing networks is not easy, the Network Innovation Grant program was designed to provide funds to bring two or more Fellows who work in different disciplines or sectors to do just that.  These grants can fund shared learning opportunities, strategy meetings, or on-the-ground action on an urgent and critical issue.  Soon, we will be sending emails to all Switzer affinity Google groups to try to seed some ideas.  Stay tuned, and please let Erin or Lissa know if you have an idea for a Switzer Network Innovation grant!

See Network Innovation Grant guidelines for more information.
2016 Echoing Green Fellowships

And on the subject of innovation, the application period for Echoing Green Fellowships is now open.  Application deadline:  November 17, 2015 at 2 pm Eastern time.  Echoing Green is looking for emerging leaders driven by a strong sense of purpose and will award a total of $4.6 million in seed stage funding for chosen projects this year through its Fellowship programs.  Echoing Green is particularly interested in spreading the word about its Climate Fellowship for early stage entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to address the climate crisis.

About Echoing Green
Working with Funders - Switzer Network Call Recap

On September 2, we held a networking call on working with funders.  Lissa opened the call with an overview on the types of foundations out there, typical requests made of them, and general foundation strategies.  She was followed by our panel of Fellow foundation experts, including Jen Sokolove, Program Director, Compton Foundation; Marthua Matsuoka, Trustee, Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation; and Kyra Busch, Program Officer, The Christensen Fund.  To read an overview of the call and hear a recording of it, Fellows can log into our website and visit the Network Resources > Trainings section from the gray bar that appears once you're logged in.  (While you're there, please take a moment to check and update your Switzer profile!)
Switzer grant takes Caitlin Cleaver to Ireland

With support from a Switzer Professional Development Grant, Caitlin Cleaver attended and presented at the 20th International Pectinid Workshop in Galway, Ireland this past spring.  Caitlin presented her work on Maine's scallop fisheries, networked with scientists from the U.S. and abroad, and deepened future research connections as scientists try to understand the effects of a changing ocean on scallops and the fisheries that depend on them. Read her post about her experience attending this conference.

Professional Development Grant guidelines

Switzer Fellows attend Environmental Grantmakers Association conference

Switzer Professional Development funds were also used to support the attendance of five Switzer Fellows at the annual conference of the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA).  This national conference gave Switzer Fellows, and several other foundation fellowship program awardees, an inside look at environmental funding policies, programs and strategies.  It was great to have Switzer Fellows recognized in the crowd of funders!
Upcoming Events
Switzer Network Call:  Conservation Science & Biology
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 12:30 pm ET
For more information

Conference:  Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association
October 31 - November 4, 2015
Chicago, IL
Contact Erin if you will be attending!

Conference:  Annual Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry
November 1-5, 2015
Salt Lake City, UT
Contact Erin if you will be attending!

Switzer Network Call:  Northern California Fellows
Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 12:30 pm ET

Switzer Network Call:  Environmental & Public Health
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 12:30 pm ET
Fellows in the News
President Obama's power plan won't save the world, but it may save climate talks.  Kevin Kennedy (1989, Director, U.S. Climate Initiative, World Resources Institute) was quoted in Bloomberg @business. 

New Jersey group adds truck counts to its toolkit for fighting air pollution, with Isella Ramirez (2013, Environmental Justice Program Manager, Ironbound Community Corporation) coordinating the volunteer effort.

Brian Beal (1992, Professor, University of Maine, Machias) sees success in a commercial clam farm in Maine.  He was quoted in the Portland Press Herald on the viability of protecting clams, and Maine's clamming industry, from invasive green crabs.

Salvador Jorgensen (2002, Research Scientist, Monterey Bay Aquarium) was quoted in The Washington Post on a story documenting a sharp decline in the risk of being attacked by a shark on the California coast since the 1950's.

Critically endangered French Polynesian doves have been given a new lease on life, thanks to Brad Keitt (1997) and Island Conservation's partnership with a local organization.  Brad is the Director of Conservation at Island Conservation.
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