Environmental Policy & Law Leadership Stories

Fellow Ayana Johnson became one of the driving forces behind the March for Science in Washington, D.C.—the first march she’s ever organized—because she thinks her profession is “at risk” under President Donald Trump.Read more >
At the end of October, a room full of politicians, biologists, and conservationists in Australia erupted in applause. After five years of negotiations, 24 countries and the European Union unanimously agreed to create a marine protected area (MPA) in Antarctica’s Ross Sea, which is considered the most pristine marine ecosystem in the world. Fellow Cassandra Brooks has worked in the region on this project for years, but says the agreement comes with some important caveats.Read more >
Fellow Jason Delborne served on the committee that recently released a report on the state of gene drive science and discuss next steps for scientists, stakeholders, regulatory agencies and the public. In this interview, he explains more about the report and its recommendations.Read more >
If elected to Congress this fall, Fellow William Yandik may be one of the only farmers to serve in the House of Representatives. Yandik is currently running as a Democratic candidate in New York’s 19th Congressional District.Read more >
In October 2013, California's Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 711, making it illegal to use lead ammunition for hunting, a ban that will be phased in from 2015 to 2019. For UC Santa Cruz environmental toxicologists Donald Smith and 1998 Switzer Fellow Myra Finkelstein, the bill represents the...Read more >
by Luther Turmelle, New Haven Register If Robert Klee is daunted by the challenge that lies ahead as the state’s next Department of Energy and Environmental Protection commissioner, he doesn’t show it. The agency’s former chief of staff under then-Commissioner Dan Esty, Klee views...Read more >
Switzer Fellows Evan Hansen and Mike Wilson testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works about how we might prevent chemical threats and improve safety at facilities across the country.Read more >
2011 Switzer Fellow Sarah Uhl works to protect people and the environment from the harmful effects of toxic chemicals.Read more >

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