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Jul 7, 2020
In this second-year Switzer Leadership Grant, the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) sought continued funding for Switzer Fellow Nick Jensen's position as Lead Conservation Scientist. Nick's ongoing work with CNPS will help to ensure its ability to protect habitats imperiled by two massive,...Read more >
Jun 9, 2020
Editor's note: The following opinion piece by Angie Doerr and colleagues was first published in the journal Conservation Letters . 1 INTRODUCTION Scientific consensus is clear that bold, coordinated policies are needed to avert present and escalating climate crises. In the United States (U.S.),...Read more >
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 >

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