Foundation News: Switzer Fellow Thought Leadership

Mar 29, 2014
In June 2013, I had the opportunity to organize a collaborative research project with a number of partner organizations and some scallop fishermen. This project has been some of the most rewarding work I have done to date because it brings a diverse group of people to the table who are all...Read more >
Mar 29, 2014
One of the ways our Fellows lead is by providing expert testimony before state and national legislative bodies. In March, Mike Wilson and Evan Hansen were called to testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works in a hearing entitled, "Preventing Potential Chemical...Read more >
Mar 12, 2014
I’ve been working the last several months at Biosphere 2 , which is now owned by the University of Arizona. We have been working to find the right balance of scientific research, STEM education, and visitor outreach for this strange and rather amazing facility with a history to match. I...Read more >
Mar 10, 2014
Editor's Note: This article originially appeared on the UC Davis Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior's blog . How will farmers respond to the drought? Following recent announcements about potential zero allocations from the California State Water Project, and the likelihood for...Read more >
Mar 4, 2014
The 2014 World Ocean Summit was held last week at the chic Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay, California. Together, global leaders discussed the current international dimensions of the global blue economy. The Switzer Environmental Network, namely Jessica Switzer and the folks at Blue Practice ,...Read more >
Jan 28, 2014
This newest column from H. Bruce Rinker, Ph.D. might at first glance seem very specific to Virginia state politics. The fact that similar bills passed in Tennessee in 2012 and Louisiana in 2008 means it is a larger problem of which we think everyone should be aware. Years ago, while studying...Read more >
Jan 20, 2014
On December 11, 2013, we released the report Changes to the Land: Four Scenarios for the Future of the Massachusetts Landscape (link will download report) to an overwhelmingly positive response. It was covered by 60 different print, radio, and TV outlets; including an editorial in the Boston Globe...Read more >
Jan 17, 2014
From 1996 Switzer Fellow Evan Hansen, whose West Virginia-based firm Downstream Strategies offers environmental consulting services with a core belief in the importance of protecting the environment and linking economic development with natural resource stewardship: Last week's chemical spill...Read more >
Jan 16, 2014
From 2000 Switzer Fellow Jen Osha, who is coordinating an effort to bring bottled water to West Virginia residents whose water supply was contaminated by the chemical leak at Freedom Industries last week: Thanks to the generosity of many people, on Sunday we were able to fill a 20 foot trailer, an...Read more >
Dec 2, 2013
Coal contributes to 43 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, making it a major driver of climate change. In fact, a new statement released by leading scientists suggests that nearly three-quarters of fossil fuel reserves—especially coal—must remain unused if the world is to limit temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius.Read more >

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