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Jul 21, 2019
Uncontrolled releases of household, industrial, and agricultural chemicals during natural disasters pose an underappreciated hazard to humans and ecosystems. Fellow Kimberley Rain Miner lays out what we can do.Read more >
Jun 6, 2019
Along the shores of Long Island Sound in Connecticut, scientists are seeing decades of environmental improvements show how spring can once again become cacophonous with birds and habitats can rebound from loss. Fellow Leigh Shemitz shares her view.Read more >
Jun 6, 2019
In December 2017, Henry Herndon and Clean Energy NH (formerly NH Sustainable Energy Association) were awarded a Switzer Leadership Grant to fund a new position of Local Energy Solutions Director. The purpose of the new position was to expand organizational capacity to provide technical assistance...Read more >
May 21, 2019
BELFAST, Maine -- The Board of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Sarah Reed as the organization’s new Executive Director, effective July 8, 2019. Dr. Reed will lead the Switzer Foundation in its next phase of growth as it prepares to support...Read more >
May 7, 2019
Santa Cruz County residents have done a fair job of preserving nature and building a tourist economy, but the sustainability of nature tourism is at crisis point, writes Fellow Grey Hayes.Read more >
May 1, 2019
As the Trump Administration prepares to halve the budget for the National Invasive Species Council, a group of invasive species experts led by Fellow Laura Meyerson has issued a warning about the growing peril of biological invasions and the increasing threat they pose to the economy, environment, public health and national security.Read more >
Jan 23, 2019
Humans have not yet released a genetically engineered plant that is intended to spread and persist in an unmanaged environment. Biotech trees – genetically engineered or gene-edited – offer the possibility of releasing genetically engineered trees into forests to counter threats to forest health and represent a new frontier in biotechnology, writes Fellow Jason Delborne.Read more >
Jan 16, 2019
Switzer funds assisted the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) to create a new position for Fellow Nick Jensen as Southern California Conservation Analyst. Nick, a recent PhD graduate in botany from Claremont Graduate University, joined the organization to further his ambition of putting his...Read more >
Jan 10, 2019
Editor's note: The following opinion piece by Fellow Ayana Johnson first appeared on The Hill's website . The West Coast is on fire, the Northeast is flooding, drought is hitting the Midwest, and record-breaking heat waves are sweeping the nation. While we endure another summer of (un)natural...Read more >
Dec 12, 2018
The goals of the project between Environmental Health Coalition (EHC) and Switzer Fellow Dr. Carolina Prado were two-fold: (1) to establish a community air monitoring project in the Barrio Logan neighborhood of San Diego to evaluate ambient air quality and the effectiveness of air filters in...Read more >

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