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Mar 1, 2012
The Switzer Foundation is one of a growing number of Foundations which recognize the role that endowments and foundations can play in influencing more sustainable practices among the companies in which they invest. Foundations are required to ‘pay out” a minimum of 5% of their financial...Read more >
Feb 27, 2012
How can we set corporate sustainability goals - be they energy, greenhouse gas, waste, product sustainability or packaging? How do we ensure the goals are stretch goals? Who should set the goals? What time frame should the goals cover?Read more >
Feb 20, 2012
As a consultant with Stonyfield Farm for the past 12 years, Switzer Fellow Tim Greiner discusses efforts to broaden and deepen sustainability within the company. He describes the company's efforts to track its environmental impacts, barriers the company had to overcome, and the environmental...Read more >
Feb 8, 2012
We are very excited to be working with a cohort of innovative developers that are breaking the mold and setting a new bar by providing transit passes and carshare memberships for 40 years!Read more >
Feb 7, 2012
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) released a report this week on the costs of California’s progress in generating more electricity from renewable power and there was good news. Prices of new contract bids submitted to utilities last year were about 30 percent lower than in...Read more >
Feb 1, 2012
Josh Donlan (1998) and Todd Gartner (2006), working with the World Resources Institute, were awarded a $40,000 Collaborative Initiatives Grant for their work on an innovative approach to species conservation. Read moreRead more >
Feb 1, 2012
The Switzer Foundation funded three Leadership Grant projects this cycle. Read more: Building Capacity at Whale Trust, Year 2 Transportation Planning for Climate Adaptation and Aquatic Connectivity Cumulative Impacts and Sustainable Solutions for Central Valley Water, Year 1Read more >
Feb 1, 2012
Editor's Note: Melissa Garren (2010) attended the Federal Policy Workshop offered by the Switzer Foundation working with colleagues from the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program in Washington, D.C., January 11-13, 2012. It focused on the implications of national policy-making...Read more >
Feb 1, 2012
A recent national survey by the Northeast Recycling Council, Inc. (NERC) of the states and District of Columbia found that banning materials, rather than requiring recycling, is the solid waste management strategy of choice for most states. Almost every state* has at least something banned from...Read more >
Feb 1, 2012
In late December, I received word that Patricia Switzer, who with her husband Robert Switzer started this foundation, passed away peacefully and surrounded by her family. She was a strong spirit, with a wonderful sense of humor, great independence and was unfailing in her support of the Foundation'...Read more >


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