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Oct 16, 2019
This week, I am celebrating my three-month anniversary as Executive Director of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation. Having just made a major career transition, I decided to focus my first On Leadership post on my own leadership story, on how I arrived in this role, shifting from being a...Read more >
Oct 2, 2019
Fellow Ayana Elizabeth Johnson spoke at the September 20th Climate Strike in New York City where, she says, "I was the oldest person to address a gloriously large and diverse crowd."Read more >
Oct 2, 2019
We need a new model for the National School Lunch Program that provides cafeteria workers with access to longer hours, higher wages and more meaningful work, writes Fellow Jennifer Gaddis in The Guardian. Only then can we begin to realize the potential of the program to reduce the long-term cost of preventable dietary diseases, encourage environmentally and economically sustainable diets, and create good middle-class jobs across the food chain.Read more >
Oct 2, 2019
The most recent IPCC report on the ocean and cryosphere is among dozens released during the last 30 years, but its message is the most bold and urgent to date: If the world’s nations do not act with urgency, we – and future generations – will suffer from these changes. What can we do?, asks Fellow Cassandra Brooks.Read more >
Oct 2, 2019
Groundwater pumping has caused stream flow in U.S. rivers to decline by as much as half over the last century, according to new research by a University of Arizona hydrologist that strengthens the connection between groundwater and surface water. The research confirms that groundwater losses,...Read more >
Sep 30, 2019
Science and policy shouldn’t mix. Yet, in a recent TEDxUCSD talk, oceanographer and marine biologist Natalya Gallo spoke about the importance of scientists actively engaging in policy discussions — and how this powerful combination can solve the world’s greatest challenges.Read more >
Sep 30, 2019
This summer, the Trump Administration issued a proposed rule that would drastically change the environmental review and public input process for projects in national forests. This proposal would be the biggest rollback of NEPA regulations affecting forest management in over a decade. If enacted, this new rule would allow commercial logging, the conversion of illegal off-road vehicle routes to official U.S. Forest Service roads, and other activities across large swaths of land without preparation of detailed environmental studies and the opportunity for public input, writes Fellow Nick Jensen.Read more >
Sep 30, 2019
Ekow Edzie is a recent graduate of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the graduate school of international affairs at Tufts University. The summer after his first year at Fletcher, Edzie conducted field research on the land restitution process in Colombia using his Switzer Fellowship. He analyzed the unique challenges facing victims of land displacement in Colombia in their return to rural livelihoods and the structure of government aid intended to ensure their future success.Read more >
Sep 29, 2019
From Seven Days, Vermont's Independent Voice: Enid Wonnacott passed away peacefully from breast cancer, surrounded by her family at their home in Huntington on Saturday, January 19, 2019. She was 57 years old. Enid lived a life filled with family, friends, horses, sheep, chickens, ducks, dogs,...Read more >
Aug 20, 2019
Despite constant pressure from the oil and natural gas lobby, the 2016 EPA methane standards for the oil and gas industry still stand strong, writes Fellow Sarah Smith.Read more >

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