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Sep 6, 2017
Executive Director Lissa Widoff writes about how the Switzer Foundation is working to better integrate equity into our vision of environmental leadership. As we aim to contribute to a pipeline of environmental leaders who are reflective of the changing demographics of the country, we are examining our own implicit biases and working with Fellows and alumni to learn how we can bridge diverse perspectives, background and leadership so that we can all forge a positive future.Read more >
Jun 14, 2017
We may be past the news cycle that focused on the dramatic but not totally surprising move by President Trump to pull the US out of the Paris climate agreement, but as a foundation long committed to environmental leadership, we see the signs of positive climate leadership that have been here all...Read more >
Jun 9, 2017
Fred Emmet Switzer, brother to Robert Switzer and inspirational leader in the early years of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation, passed away in March 2017 surrounded by his family of loving daughters. His wife, Shirley, was deceased in the prior year. Fred was a proud 94 at the time of his...Read more >
Apr 13, 2017
The Switzer Foundation’s programs all build upon our commitment to identifying and supporting environmental leaders. Our Fellowship Program is the cornerstone of our efforts and our investment in Switzer Fellows focuses on both inner leadership skills and the necessity for leaders to take...Read more >
Apr 13, 2017
We are all aware of the myriad threats to environmental protection, clean air and water, community health and assaults upon open government and policy processes that are unfolding with lightning speed under the Trump administration. As Switzer Fellows, we have an opportunity now to unite in support...Read more >
Feb 16, 2017
Last fall, we surveyed all Fellows (as we do from time to time) to track professional pathways and leadership skills and to gain input on how we can improve our offerings through the Fellows Network, retreats, trainings, gatherings, etc. The timing of the survey had the unintended benefit of...Read more >
Feb 1, 2017
As environmental leaders, we are undoubtedly facing a time of great challenge to environmental science, policy and practice and are looking for the best tools to use and strategic actions we can take. As we seek to leverage the resources we have as the Switzer Foundation and as the Switzer Fellows...Read more >
Jan 10, 2017
Since the November 2016 election, I have been thinking a great deal about what it really means to engage in systems change for environmental work. The election of Donald Trump, even in the simplest analysis, represents so much more than a political ideological divide in our nation. It remains to be...Read more >
Jan 9, 2017
Whether or not your work is rooted in science, we know that uncertainty marks much of our life experience, in both our personal and professional lives. The looming uncertainty we all feel about the unraveling of what we've fought so long and hard for in service of environmental protection, is...Read more >
Dec 5, 2016
Nearly a dozen Switzer Fellows attended and participated in the COP22 climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco, in November. This year's COP was highlighted by two significant trends. One, of course, was the outcome of the U.S. presidential election and the questions and concerns it raised...Read more >

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