• COP21: What success for us all looks like in Paris
    Switzer Fellow Thought Leadership

    COP21: What success for us all looks like in Paris

    There’s a lot on the line at the climate negotiations in Paris. Fellow Heather Coleman is there, working to make sure that whatever deal is made, that it’s a fair one for us all.

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  • Gift Giving that Honors the Earth
    Switzer Fellow Thought Leadership

    Gift giving that honors the Earth

    Two Fellows have written Switzer Fellow Thought Leadership pieces that rethink the gifts we give at the holidays.

    Checklist for toys that focus on deeper values

    No more junk toys

  • Ocean science, politics, and management at the White House
    Switzer Fellow Thought Leadership

    Ocean science, politics, and management at the White House

    Fellow Ariana Spawn reports back on lessons learned at the National Ocean Council last summer.

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Bringing field ecology online

If outdoor learning were a religion, Erika Zavaleta would be among its foremost acolytes. An online ecology course, she realized, could attract students who would never consider taking a class requiring live field trips. By bringing field biology to a broader range of people, Zavaleta hopes the course will help broaden racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity in ecology and environmental studies. “I’m interested in making more ways for people to have an entry point to get interested in conservation, an internship at a reserve, or taking a class with a field component.”

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Nov 30, 2015
“Essentially, urban agriculture arises where there’s vacant land, cheap land, a low market rate or wherever food justice activity pops up,” McClintock says. “So many of these...Read more >
Nov 30, 2015
Faced with strict regulations, rising operational costs, depleted stocks, and competition from less expensive foreign imports, many fishers are pursuing new ways to market and sell their catch...Read more >
Nov 28, 2015
Chris Larson is the new CEO and President of New Island Capital Management, Inc. New Island Capital’s mission is to help its clients deploy capital – at scale – to generate...Read more >
Nov 26, 2015
More than 1,000 environmental educators from around the world are in San Diego for the 44th annual North American Association for Environmental Education conference. Nicole Ardoin, a board director...Read more >

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