February 2016
Join Us in DC!
By now, hopefully you have all seen the invitations to our upcoming 30th anniversary celebration events!  Attendees at the reception and dinner in Washington, DC, in March will include Fellows, Switzer family members, staff and invited guests.  We'll hear from Jason Grumet, 1993 Fellow and President and Founder of the Bipartisan Policy Center, one of the most influential think tanks in the United States.  

The RSVP deadline for the DC dinner and reception is tomorrow, February 10th.  Please be sure to sign up if you plan to come!  If you live in DC or surrounding area, or plan to be in the capital for other business, please join us!

Date:  Saturday evening, March 12th
Time:  6 - 9 pm
Location:  Urbana, The Hotel Palomar, 2121 P Street NW, Washington, DC

Terry Tempest Williams, by Louis Gakumba
And in Boston!

We will then move the party north, to Boston, at a reception at the New England Aquarium, featuring author and environmental activist Terry Tempest Williams!  (Check out her website for more information about her books, publications and activist efforts.)  

If you're planning to come and haven't yet signed up, please do so!  We've got a terrific group of folks attending - in addition to being fun, it may be a great networking opportunity!

Date:  Friday evening, March 25th
Time:  6 - 9 pm
Location:  Harborview Cafe at the New England Aquarium
RSVP deadline:  March 10, 2016

thirtiethAnd in L.A., New York, and San Francisco!

Los Angeles:  Friday, April 1, 2016, 6:00 pm.  Area Fellows, and Lissa, will meet at the Eden Garden Bar and Grill in Pasadena.  There is also an afternoon outing to Huntington Gardens in the planning stages - stay tuned for details!   Click here to RSVP!

New York:  Thursday, April 21, 2016, 5:30 pm.  NYC Fellows will meet in Manhattan.  Stay tuned for final details, coming soon!

San Francisco:  Friday, May 20, 2016, 6:00 pm.  We will hold a reception for Fellows, Switzer family, staff, Trustees, and invited colleagues at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco.  Look for an RSVP link coming soon!

Training Opportunity:  Race, Power and Privilege (Boston)

There are still seats available for this training which was offered at the fall retreats but was re-scheduled in New England.  Recent world and national events have made it clear that cultural humility and awareness of privilege are fundamental skills that leaders must have to effectively make change, socially or environmentally.  Please join us for this special offering, free of charge to Fellows.  See our website for more information.

Date:  Friday, March 25th (same day as the evening reception in Boston, above)
Time:  9 am - 5 pm
Location:  The Nonprofit Center, 89 South Street, Boston

Click here to register, by Friday, February 19th.  After that date, if seats are still available, we will open the training to select leadership program and funder colleagues in the area.
(L-R): Fran Moore, Dustin Mulvaney, Lissa Widoff, Margaret Torn, Sue Chiang
The Most Urgent Untold Environmental Stories of our Time

On January 16th, the Switzer Foundation hosted a workshop featuring a panel discussion of Fellows at the South Yuba River Citizens League's Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, California. This workshop drew an audience of 80 people to hear from four of our Fellows about the most urgent untold environmental stories of our time.  Thanks to all of our Fellows who attended the Film Festival and the workshop!

(L-R): Fran Moore, Sue Chiang, Paul Steinberg
Fellows Gathering at Wild and Scenic Film Festival

The Nevada City, California, gathering for the Wild and Scenic Film Festival was a terrific, informal way for Fellows to meet, network, and enjoy great environmental films and documentaries.  Thanks to local Fellows Katrina Schneider, Elizabeth Soderstrom, and Steve Rothert for hosting get-togethers at their homes in addition to our dinner event after the workshop!  These were fun, low-key ways to get Fellows together - perhaps we can do more of these gatherings in the future!
Network Innovation Exchange Posting

Evan Hansen (1996), President of Downstream Strategies in West Virginia, is looking for collaborators with expertise in forest ecology or public health for a project he is developing with the organization SkyTruth called Frack Finder West Virginia.  

AAAS CEO on Communicating Science to Policymakers

Rush Holt, the Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and former U.S. Representative, believes the key to communicating science is to empower the public and policymakers with the idea that they are capable of understanding and evaluating scientific evidence on their own.  

Leadership Training Opportunity: Northeastern Jam

We've been alerted to this opportunity by colleagues of ours in Vermont who are helping to organize this second annual leadership retreat called the Northeastern Jam. This is an opportunity for 30 leaders and visionaries from the northeastern U.S. to gather for five days in Starksboro, VT, dive deep into communications strategy, listening skills, awareness of personal leadership attributes, and relationship building rooted in place, in New England.

Dates:  April 20-25, 2016
Location:  Common Ground Center, Starksboro, Vermont
Application Deadlines:  February 15th for early decision, March 15th final deadline
Tuition:  $850
Networking Calls Now Open to Fellows' Colleagues

Just a reminder that Fellows can now invite their direct colleagues to attend any of our networking calls!  Please have colleagues get in touch with Lauren directly with the name of the Fellow who referred them.  

Upcoming Events
Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Fellows in Southern California
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 9:30 am PT

Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Inexpensive Air Pollution Sensors and Citizen Science
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 12:30 pm ET

Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Sustainable Agriculture and Food Policy
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 12:30 pm ET

Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Invasive Plants
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 12:30 pm ET

Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Water Resources
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 12:30 pm ET

30th Anniversary Reception and Dinner with Jason Grumet, Keynote Speaker
Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 6 - 9 pm ET
Urbana, Hotel Palomar, Washington, DC

Switzer Fellows Spring Retreat Training
Sunday, March 13 - Monday, March 14, 2016
Hotel Palomar, Washington, DC

Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Africa
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 12:30 pm ET

Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Engineering, Chemistry & Toxicology
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 12:30 pm ET

Switzer Fellows Workshop:  Race, Power and Privilege in Environmental Leadership
Friday, March 25, 2016 - all day
The Nonprofit Center, Boston, MA

30th Anniversary Reception and Keynote Address by Terry Tempest Williams
Friday, March 25, 2016 - 6 - 9 pm
Harborview Cafe at the Boston Aquarium, Boston, MA

For 30th Anniversary celebrations in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco, see the above section for dates and more information!

Fellows in the News
Asa Bradman was appointed Chair of Biomonitoring on California's Scientific Guidance Panel.

Thor Hansen's book, Triumph of Seeds, won a 2016 Pacific Northwest Book Award.

Jason Grumet's Bipartisan Policy Center was named one of the 50 most influential think tanks in the United States.  (And remember, Jason is our keynote speaker at our DC reception and dinner in March!)

David Ciplet's book, Power in a Warming World, is now available from MIT Press.

2015 Fellow Daniel Swain's California Weather Blog was named one of KQED's favorite sites for weather forecast geek-outs.

Erin Hafkenschiel is the new Transportation and Sustainability Director on the Mayor of Nashville's staff.
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