Foundation News

Jun 4, 2020
Fellow Ayana Elizabeth Johnson published an op-ed in The Washington Post this week, writing: The sheer magnitude of transforming our energy, transportation, buildings and food systems within a decade, while striving to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions shortly thereafter, is already...Read more >
Jun 4, 2020
We write in acknowledgment of the massive upheaval currently underway around us, among us, and within us. Centuries of environmental destruction and resource exploitation set the stage for a global disease pandemic that has subverted our economy and exposed profound inequities in our health care...Read more >
Apr 27, 2020
We caught up with 18 fellows during the first three virtual social hours for the Switzer Network earlier this month. As expected, the conversations started with how you are all doing during these difficult times (mostly well!). We discovered a number of surprising professional and personal...Read more >
Apr 22, 2020
Graduate students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst redesigned their departmental seminar series to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion, and other institutions could do the same, writes Fellow Nigel Golden.Read more >
Apr 22, 2020
In honor of Earth Day's 50th anniversary today, Switzer Trustee Elizabeth "Izzy" Martin, CEO of The Sierra Fund, recounted some personal reflections about the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. This is just the first in a series of “ lunch-n-learn ” programs which will provide a virtual platform...Read more >
Apr 21, 2020
The federal government had the foresight and mechanisms in place to minimize the risk of pandemics to human health. However, the Trump administration is placing the nation at risk by systematically undermining these structures and experts associated with them, writes Fellow Laura Meyerson.Read more >
Mar 19, 2020
Dear Switzer Fellows and friends of the foundation, On behalf of the staff, I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. I am writing with a few updates about the foundation’s activities during the current public health emergency. We converted the spring retreat and policy...Read more >
Mar 11, 2020
The Alewife Brook Reservation is one of the few places in Cambridge where you can still find fireflies. Nestled between the Concord Turnpike and Alewife T Station, this humble wetland is home to diverse native plant and animal species, and serves as an important rest stop for migrating birds. It is one of our city’s greatest treasures, but we haven’t been treating it that way, write Fellow Avalon Owens and co-author Annie Nguyen.Read more >
Mar 9, 2020
We have decided as a staff to serve only vegetarian meals at Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation events, starting with the current fellows’ spring policy communications retreat and our next alumni dinner on March 15th in Washington, D.C.Read more >
Feb 24, 2020
In 2019, after years of advocacy by affected community members and environmental justice advocates, California passed new laws establishing the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water (SADW) Program. The program will strengthen the technical, managerial, and financial (TMF) capacity of water systems in communities and regions throughout the state, but without attention to the social and political dimensions it will likely fail to provide sustainable solutions.Read more >

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