April 2018
Breaking the Green Ceiling: Building Equity, Inclusion and Justice for the Environmental Movement
The Switzer Foundation is honored to present an opportunity for all Fellows to hear from, and speak with,  Whitney Tome, Executive Director of Green 2.0.  

Date:  Monday, April 9, 2018
Time:  2:30 pm ET

The discussion will briefly introduce the work of Green 2.0 and landmark reports by Dorceta Taylor of the University of Michigan introducing hiring and professional development trends for racial diversity in the environmental movement.  Green 2.0 is helping organizations and individuals find their role in advancing diversity and inclusion in the environmental field.  Fellows are invited to share their experiences and challenges in this work.  Colleagues are invited, and preference will be given to Fellows' questions during the webinar.

  For more information and links to registration
Report on the 2018 Spring Retreat!

Earlier in March, we convened Fellows in Washington, DC, for our annual spring retreat and policy communications training.  We are proud of all participating Fellows who arranged and attended meetings with policymakers on Capitol Hill, and in agency and policy-oriented NGO settings.  Fellows shared their expertise and contributed to current policy discussions, learned more about their issues in their policy contexts, and expanded their professional networks.  (Some even stepped outside of their comfort zones at the dinner table, where we were treated to, among other delicacies, fried grasshoppers!  True story.)  Our deep appreciation goes to Fellow alumni who took part on workshop panel discussions, and who joined us for dinner to meet the current Fellows.  Bonus to this DC trip:  a group viewing of the Obama portraits in the National Portrait Gallery!

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Fellowship Selection 2018 - we still need interviewers!

Alright, everyone, here's your chance to give back.  We need a few more interviewers on each coast to help us choose the 2018 class of Switzer Fellows.  Switzer Fellow men, we're looking at you!  We have a shortage of male interviewers, so step right up.  (Women, we're not excluding you - you are welcome, too!)  Please let Erin know if you can help out.  Interview dates:
  • New England Fellowships:  Saturday, May 5th, Boston
  • California Fellowships:  Saturday, May 12th, San Francisco

Webinar recording available: Understanding Full Costs

Switzer Fellow Roger Perez, Senior Associate at the Nonprofit Finance Fund, presented a webinar for Fellows and colleagues on March 14th on "Understanding Full Costs."  This webinar aimed to help non-profit managers, board members and foundation partners to learn about the concept of full cost in non-profit budgeting and grant writing.  The webinar was recorded for anyone who is interested but couldn't make the webinar.  Follow this link ( https://vimeo.com/260095947), and use password Switzer18.
At Santa Rosa's Pepperwood Preserve, nature rebounds from the northern California wildfires

Green stalks of redwood lilies grow beneath the giant trees at Pepperwood Preserve, but no one has seen the colorful, trumpet-like blossoms for decades.  They likely haven't bloomed since 1964, when powerful winds pushed the Hanley fire from Calistoga to Santa Rosa, following much the same path as the deadly Tubbs fire last year.  "There is beauty in the Pepperwood landscape now," said Switzer Fellow Lisa Micheli.  "It is a renewal in process."

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Henry Herndon:  Bringing sustainable energy to New Hampshire towns

"Ten years ago there were three solar companies in New Hampshire; today there are 90, and the next decade will be even more dramatic," says Fellow Henry Herndon, casting his eyes in the direction of a new solar array on a local church in Durham.  "I feel like I can have an impact in New Hampshire - and I already have had an impact."   Read more.

Henry has a Switzer Fellow Thought Leadership piece on our website: Local decisions will help shape state's energy future.

Henry is also the recipient of a recent Leadership Grant for his work as Director of Local Energy Solutions with the New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association.
Daisy Benitez - Work with your mind

"Work with your mind, not with your hands."  Daisy Benitez grew up hearing these words so often it became her mantra.  In fact, her life was shaped by this saying and by the lives of its authors - her parents.

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Upcoming Events
Switzer Fellows Networking Call: Environmental Education
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:30 pm ET
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Webinar:  Breaking the Green Ceiling - Your role in building equity, inclusion and justice for the environmental movement, with Whitney Tome, Green 2.0
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 2:30 pm ET
For more information (note: open to Fellows and colleagues)

Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Environmental Policy and Law
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 12:30 pm ET

Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Coastal and Marine Issues
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 12:30 pm ET

New England Switzer Fellowship Interviews
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Conservation Law Foundation, Boston, MA

California Switzer Fellowship Interviews
Saturday, May 12, 2018
The Nature Conservancy, San Francisco, CA

Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Air Quality
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 12:30 pm ET

Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Architecture and Urban Planning
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 12:30 pm ET

For a complete listing of our upcoming events, please visit the Events page of our website.
Fellows in the News
Dena Adler wrote a report and related blog post for Columbia Law School's Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, where she is a fellow, about how litigation is pushing back on the Trump administration's rollbacks on climate policy.

"Optimizing the Grid: A Regulator's Guide to Hosting Capacity Analyses for Distributed Energy Resources", a new report from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council by Stephanie Safdi is now available.

Ariane de Bremond has been named a 2018 Breakthrough Senior Fellow.

Two Fellows have been awarded 2018 California Sea Grant State FellowshipsErin Satterthwaite will work on an ecosystem-based fishery management plan at the NOAA NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center.  Erik Martinez is supporting the California Coastal Commission in efforts to create an environmental justice policy by conducting outreach with local groups and engaging staff members.

Lauren Richter won the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences student paper competition award for 2018 for her paper, "Constructing insignificance: critical race perspectives on institutional failure in environmental justice communities" (open access).

Freeway pollution travels farther than we thought.  Suzanne Paulson's research was featured on the front page of The Los Angeles Times.

Should the social cost of carbon be higher?  Frances Moore found that even under the Obama administration, the number may have been set too low.  An article on the research appeared in Scientific American.

Evan Hansen is running for the West Virginia House of Delegates again!  Campaign information is available at hansenforwv.com

Fellows Jim Downing and Meredith Niles collaborated on a special issue of California Agriculture on The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, which also contained articles by Niles and Esther Conrad.
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