Network Innovation Grants - Recent Recipients

Following is a selection of recent Switzer Network Innovation grants.  These grants are awarded to organizations working with two or more Fellows taking a leadership role in advancing progress on a critical environmental issue, whether it is convening a group of experts to address a policy or technical challenge, undertaking policy-relevant research that will be moved to action quickly, or designing or launching a pilot project with specific policy or management implications.

$40,000 awarded to SkyTruth in 2016
Switzer Fellows Evan Hansen, President of Downstream Strategies in Morgantown, WV, and Dr. Lara Cushing, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Education at San Francisco State University, will work with SkyTruth to analyze the increased footprint of fracking on the West Virginia landscape...Read more >
$4,000 awarded to North American Association for Environmental Education in 2015
Christy Merrick, Director of the Natural Start Alliance of the North American Association for Environmental Education, and Nicole Ardoin, Professor at Stanford University's School of Education and the Woods Institute of the Environment, are working together on a project to quantify and...Read more >
$11,500 awarded to Council for Watershed Health in 2014
Dr. Carolina Balazs, Post-doctoral researcher at UC Davis, and Mike Antos, Program Director for the Council for Watershed Health in Los Angeles, are involved in California's Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) program. This program supports water infrastructure projects that demonstrate...Read more >
$10,000 awarded to Harris Center for Conservation Education in 2014
Brett Thelen, Science Director for Conservation at the Harris Center for Conservation Education, and Dr. Brad Timm, Post-doctoral Researcher at UMass Amherst, are collaborating on this applied research project to determine the effectiveness of citizen science (specifically, salamander crossing brigades) on amphibian conservation.Read more >
$15,000 awarded to Global Diversity Fund, Inc. in 2013
Melissa Nelson, a professor of Native American Studies at San Francisco State University and Executive Director of the Cultural Conservancy, and Susannah McCandless, International Program Director of the Global Diversity Foundation, will plan and convene an event called the North American Community...Read more >
$10,000 awarded to University of California, Santa Cruz in 2013
Dr. Myra Finkelstein of UC Santa Cruz, and Dr. Vickie Bakker of Montana State University are leading this collaborative project to research and develop consensus on updated population data and management status of two species of Pacific Albatross - the Blackfooted Albatross and the Laysan Albatross...Read more >
$40,000.00 awarded to Earthworks in 2012
Switzer Fellows will collaborate with Earthworks to research the life cycle and regional impacts of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," in the Marcellus Shale of the northeastern U.S. While fracking has occurred for decades in less populated areas of the western U.S., including Wyoming...Read more >
$5,000.00 awarded to Society for Conservation Biology in 2012
Switzer Fellows Kristy Deiner and Matt Hamilton developed a workshop for the 2012 Society for Conservation Biology annual meeting of the North America section, held in Oakland, CA. The workshop focused on educating conservation practitioners on ways to effectively communicate science and...Read more >
$5,000.00 awarded to Los Angeles Sustainability Collaborative in 2012
Switzer Fellows are members of a Technical Advisory Committee to the Soak It Up! project involving several California-based NGOs, including the Los Angeles Sustainability Collaborative. The Collaborative produced a briefing paper entitled, "Soak It Up!: Strategies for Sustainable Recreational...Read more >
$17,920.00 awarded to Council for Watershed Health in 2012
Three Switzer Fellows are collaborating on the technical, policy and economic dimensions of a proposed shift in EPA protocols for water quality monitoring of beaches and waterways. This project was formed in response to the threat of severely reduced federal funding for local water quality...Read more >

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In Safer Hands
Nail salons offering “manis” and “pedis” have become a booming business in the United States, setting up shop on seemingly every corner and approaching $8 billion in annual sales. “You have numerous chemicals being mixed, new products coming out all the time, limited available data on health effects and weak accountability for the manufacturers,” says 2008 Fellow Thu Quach, who is a research scientist with the Cancer Prevention Institute of California and research director for Asian Health Services. “That would make it difficult for the workers to protect themselves even if there weren’t language barriers.” She is part of a grassroots effort that empowers low-wage, Vietnamese immigrant-dominated nail salon workers to fight for healthier conditions.Read more >

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