Foundation News: Switzer Fellow Thought Leadership

Jan 25, 2021
President Biden has an ambitious climate change and energy plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Yet, his agenda offers little on how to prepare for climate impacts, even after wildfires ravaged the West Coast, a record number of hurricanes churned in the Atlantic, and early freezes and drought devastated crops in 2020. Alongside societal decarbonization, we must simultaneously plan for an already changing climate. The Biden administration should develop a national adaptation strategy that prepares us for accelerating climate impacts, steers market and local responses, and promotes justice, writes Linda Shi in The Hill.Read more >
Jan 5, 2021
Jonathan Likeke Scheuer is in his seventh year of serving as one of nine members of Hawaii’s Land Use Commission. The LUC is responsible for moving land from Hawaii’s conservation and agricultural districts into the urban district — for housing and other purposes. He writes the state cannot hope to solve its housing problem until it recognizes the myths in most definitions of the housing crisis.Read more >
Jan 5, 2021
Isa Gaillard is working with The Greenlining Institute's Environmental Equity team as a Program Manager for the community of practice project. For this project, the institute is partnering with Forth to develop a national community of practice that will include organizations across five states and will focus on advancing clean and equitable transportation for all. The community of practice format balances the community, networking, and learning components of an educational cohort while also maintaining the policy advocacy focus of a coalition.Read more >
Dec 1, 2020
Thawing permafrost is releasing microorganisms, with consequences that are still largely unknown, writes Kimberley Miner in the November issues of Scientific American.Read more >
Nov 2, 2020
Jeannette Laramee writes that designs for clean water and sanitation infrastructure in developing areas should encourage use to achieve the goal of creating healthy communities.Read more >
Oct 27, 2020
Antarctica has been a beacon of international diplomacy, scientific and peaceful cooperation for 60 years. History will judge us harshly if we fail to protect the world’s last large and unique wilderness, writes Cassandra Brooks and participants in the Homeward Bound Project on which she served as a faculty member.Read more >
Oct 10, 2020
Editor's note: The following piece authored by Anna Robuck was first published on The Hill's website . During a time of cultural and political polarization, a class of chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, may be one of the few commonalities shared by all Americans. These...Read more >
Sep 10, 2020
Nigel Golden was a co-author on a new peer-reviewed article that argues that efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the geosciences must be rooted in a common understanding of the role of harm and justice in the field's vision of diversity. The authors provide three principles and a set of recommendations that are widely applicable and relevant to the cultural and historical specificities of the field.Read more >
Aug 15, 2020
Kristen Goodrich is the lead author of an opinion article in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability that synthesizes 'who' boundary spanners are and how to build greater support for them.Read more >
Aug 14, 2020
Never before have we sprayed so much of a chemical on our food, on our yards, on our children’s playgrounds. So it’s no surprise that Roundup – the world’s most widely used weedkiller – shows up in our bodies. What is perhaps surprising is how easy it is to get it out.Read more >

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