September 2016


Last Call for Fall Retreats

Thanks to all of you who registered for our upcoming fall retreats!  Online registration is now closed for both retreats, but if you are interested in attending and haven't signed up, please contact Erin right away! 

In California, we do have a very short waiting list for the Rockwood training so if you want to attend, be sure to let Erin know.  Cancellations do happen, so you may get in, but only if you get on the list!

New England Retreat agenda

California Retreat agenda

Please Update Your Profiles!

As we prepare to welcome our new Fellows to the Switzer Network at the fall retreats, we'd like to take this opportunity to ask all Fellow alumni to make sure your Switzer profile is up to date.  To do this, just take a moment and go to the Fellows' Directory on our website, and go to your profile page.  If your current affiliation or your bio are not current, please send updated information as soon as possible.  Why take a moment to do this?  We have several good reasons!
  • New Fellows want to meet you.  We are hard at work connecting new Fellows with alumni for networking, career advice, and topical common interests.  This is harder to do when your bios are not current, since we rely on the Directory to know what you're up to. 
  • When someone Googles you, your Switzer profile will show up in the top 3 or 5 search results.  It really will!  So please use that to your advantage and keep your profile up to date!
  • Our website gets an impressive amount of traffic.  People are interested in Switzer Fellows and are increasingly recognizing this Network as a resource of expertise. You can help us maintain this relevance by keeping your profile up to date.

You can update the information yourself if you log in to the site, or you can send your updated information to Don Brackett.  If you want to update your headshot, please email your horizontal photo to Lauren Hertel.  Thanks in advance for taking a few moments to help us help you! 

Switzer Grant Programs

Just a brief reminder that we will be accepting concept letters for the Leadership Grant Program only in the spring 2017 cycle.  Our fall 2016 cycle has been suspended for this year. 

Our Network Innovation Grant Program is unchanged.  We will still review smaller (less than $5,000) requests on a rolling basis.  Requests for more than $5,000 will be reviewed on a quarterly basis in accordance with our board meeting schedule.  Deadlines are posted on our website.

Professional Development Grants, which offer up to $500 for Fellows to attend conferences or important meetings, are also unchanged and we will continue to review those requests on a rolling basis.

Please contact Erin for questions about any of our grant programs.

Fellows at ESA annual meeting 2015

Attending a Conference?  Let us know!

There are a number of national (and international) conferences throughout the year which regularly attract Switzer Fellows.  Whenever possible, we try to facilitate Fellows getting together at these conferences as a way to network with each other and find community.  Here is a short list of upcoming conferences, but please let us know if there are others!  Please contact Erin if you will be attending any of these:

Greenbuild Conference, Los Angeles, CA, October 5-7th

SXSW Eco, Austin, TX, October 10-12th

Bioneers, San Rafael, CA, October 21-23rd

Land Trust Alliance Rally, Minneapolis, MN, October 28-30th

American Public Health Association annual meeting, Denver, CO, October 29-November 2nd

COP 22, Marrakech, November 7 - 18th
Employing Science to Safeguard Marine Life with GLORES

Sarah Hameed discusses the Marine Conservation Institute's proposed Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) to address the growing threats faced by marine life.  GLORES will be a strategic network of strongly protected marine areas awarded designation according to science-based standards.

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A New Air Pollution Database is Good, but Imperfect

Angel Hsu writes about the latest World Health Organization (WHO) global urban air pollution database.  She says the increases in coverage in air pollution measurement and reporting is encouraging, but the WHO numbers reveal that we still have a ways to go to construct a comprehensive and accurate picture of global air quality.

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Utility Customer Satisfaction:  Business customers and JD Power results

Brian Bowen writes about the latest JD Power survey that shows utilities are increasingly getting it right on the customer satisfaction front, but says a rising tide leads to even more competition for the utility industry's top spots.

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Building a Coherent Post-Paris Climate Finance Agenda: 5 recommendations for policy makers

Heather Coleman, Climate Change Manager for Oxfam America, writes we need to chart a more coherent climate finance policy agenda and determine how progress on climate will be measured.

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Amanda Beal:  New Head of Maine Farmland Trust Sees Opportunities for Future of Farming

You could say that Amanda Beal, who was just announced as the new president and CEO of Maine Farmland Trust, came by her interest in farming policy naturally.

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Marissa McMahan:  Invasive green crabs are scuttling from dilemma to delicacy

Marissa McMahan is working with Maine locals and Venetian fishermen to turn the invasive green crab into a gourmet dish known in Italy as moleche.

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Upcoming Events
New England Fall Fellows' Retreat

Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA

September 16-18, 2016

For more information

California Fall Fellows' Retreat

NatureBridge at the Marin Headlands, Sausalito, CA

September 30 - October 2, 2016

For more information

Our regular schedule of Switzer Fellows' networking calls will resume later this fall.  Stay tuned!

Fellows in the News
Sue Minter won the Democratic primary by wide margins in Vermont's gubernatorial race.

Dave Wiley was part of an international team that discovered shipping noise impairs whales' ability to forage.

Nicole Heller is helping the Amah Mutsun tribe adapt their conservation efforts for climate change in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Leigh Shemitz and her organization, SoundWaters, were awarded $10,000 for their STEM academy for underserved and low-performing students.

A vibrant community of environmental leaders

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