Leadership Stories

Fellow Ayana Johnson became one of the driving forces behind the March for Science in Washington, D.C.—the first march she’s ever organized—because she thinks her profession is “at risk” under President Donald Trump.Read more >
At the end of October, a room full of politicians, biologists, and conservationists in Australia erupted in applause. After five years of negotiations, 24 countries and the European Union unanimously agreed to create a marine protected area (MPA) in Antarctica’s Ross Sea, which is considered the most pristine marine ecosystem in the world. Fellow Cassandra Brooks has worked in the region on this project for years, but says the agreement comes with some important caveats.Read more >
A recent feature in Harper's Magazine tells the story of 2010 Fellow Stephen Blackmer, priest at Church of the Woods -- a place of spiritual practice and transformation for people who encounter the divine in nature.Read more >
Politics, capitalism, and energy poverty are combining in strange ways across India. The result looks like progress—sometimes.Read more >
In the latest installment of their Working Shift series, WBEZ in Chicago talked with the sustainability manager of Chicago’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Fellow Kristen Pratt, about the work she does both inside the museum and in Chicago neighborhoods to promote the principles of sustainability.Read more >
Fellow Sumit Kadakia and his wife have launched a New Haven-based start-up that is turning food production refuse into nutritious, tasty, and environmentally sustainable food.Read more >
Fellow Jason Delborne served on the committee that recently released a report on the state of gene drive science and discuss next steps for scientists, stakeholders, regulatory agencies and the public. In this interview, he explains more about the report and its recommendations.Read more >
We are proud to announce Fellow Sue Minter recently won the Democratic primary race for Governor of Vermont! This profile from VTDigger.com offers an excellent overview of her career and motivation for running for Governor. We will continue to bring you coverage of her campaign and the election in coming months.Read more >
Fellow Marissa McMahan is working with Maine locals and Venetian fishermen to turn the invasive green crab into a gourmet dish known in Italy as moleche.Read more >
You could say that Amanda Beal, who was just announced as the new president and CEO of the Maine Farmland Trust, came by her interest in farming policy naturally.Read more >

Spotlight on Leadership

Converting Waste to Fuel for Families in Africa; Biogas Domes with Jeannette Laramee
For 2011 Switzer Fellow Jeannette Laramee, it all started with designing a school in Zambia, Africa. That led to building systems that make biogas, which can save up to 10,000 pounds of firewood a...Read more >

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