Foundation News: Switzer Fellow Thought Leadership

Jan 1, 2012
Susan Ornelas stepped down as Mayor of Arcata, California, recently. Her husband, former mayor Bob Ornelas, was seriously injured in a cycling accident a month earlier (in November 2011), and the following email was in response to our best wishes for his speedy recovery. When we asked Susan's...Read more >
Dec 21, 2011
One of the major issues being considered here at COP17 is adaptation.Read more >
Jul 30, 2011
The polluted water that flows from taps in many small Central Valley communities captures a troubling irony of California water policy.Read more >
Dec 17, 2010
Several Switzer Fellows recently attended the Cancun Climate change conference, representing a diverse array of organizations and perspectives. Here is a recent post from Rob Stavins, who as an environbmental economist from Harvard Kennedy School is a proponent of market-based instruments for...Read more >
May 13, 2010
If the questions surrounding the feasibility of utilizing stormwater runoff for groundwater recharge could be resolved, the result may be greater self-sufficiency for the Los Angeles Basin in terms of water supply reliability.Read more >
May 13, 2010
Innovations in technology have to date primarily been driven by consumer demand for smaller, lighter, and faster gadgets, especially those that are loaded with the latest features. As a society, we have benefited from technological advances that increase efficiency, add new communications capabilities, create life-saving devices, and more. However, there is a dark side to the electronics industry that remains hidden as we as consumers happily shop for our shiny new toys: waste.Read more >
Feb 8, 2010
Coined by C.K. Prahalad, “the bottom of the pyramid” refers to the untapped economic markets where the poor--the more than 4 billion people living on $2/day--become product consumers. Although Prahalad’s thesis promoted the poor as consumers and as entrepreneurs, the reality is...Read more >
Feb 8, 2010
Southern California is notorious for its chronically polluted water bodies, from the affluent areas of Malibu to the more industrial city of Long Beach. California Assembly Bill 411 requires that city and county health departments regularly monitor impaired water bodies for fecal indicator bacteria...Read more >
Jan 8, 2010
Several Switzer Fellows attended the COP 15 climate negotiations in Copenhagen in December through their various organizations. Some have contributed their experiences and thoughts on the proceedings. JASON DELBORNE , Assistant Professor at the Colorado School of Mines, attended the conference...Read more >
Jan 5, 2010
In parts of West Virginia and Kentucky, mountaintop removal coal mining is used to blast off the tops of mountains and bulldoze rock and dirt into adjacent headwater stream valleys creating “valley fills.” The goal: to efficiently access thin coal seams near the surface. The legality of...Read more >

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