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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 >
Nov 2, 2016
At the fall retreats held in New England and California this year, we welcomed the 2016 Fellows and were joined by alumni and colleagues over the weekend. The fall retreats have evolved over recent years to be part of an intentional leadership training program for all new Fellows. While the spring...Read more >
Sep 8, 2016
As of May 2016, the Switzer Foundation has fully (99.98%) divested from the top 200 fossil fuel companies named in the Carbon Underground 200. The future challenge that remains for us is the investment side of the commitment. How do we invest in a clean energy future? How do we sustain returns to maintain our programs?Read more >
Jun 29, 2016
In the last few months, we have hosted a whirlwind of events celebrating the Foundation’s 30th anniversary. When Robert and Patricia Switzer established the Foundation, they knew they were committed to helping environmental leaders get the academic training they need to solve real world...Read more >
Nov 23, 2015
As a follow-up to the recent training at the fall California retreat, that will be complemented by a similar training in Boston in March, I want to share a list of resources that we developed in the process of our our self-education about strategies and resources for organizations and individuals...Read more >
Nov 17, 2015
The annual fall Switzer Fellows retreats concluded in early October and were enriching experiences for the new 2015 Fellows and alumni who participated. We are pleased that the ongoing relationship with Rockwood Leadership Institute continues to attract Fellow alums to the retreats, enhancing the...Read more >

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