Past Events

October 1, 2010 (All day)
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September 10, 2010 (All day) - September 12, 2010 (All day)
Essex Conference Center and Retreat, Essex, MA
( Click here for more information about the Essex Conference Center and Retreat. ) Please note that registration for this retreat is now closed. If...Read more >
September 1, 2010 (All day)
Concept letters from organizations working with a chosen Switzer Fellow on a potential Leadership Grant application will be accepted after a...Read more >
June 8, 2010 (All day)
Webinar A HARD LOOK AT THE BIG EASY Five Years After Hurricane Katrina Led by 2009 Switzer Fellow Amy Clipp , Writer and Policymaker in New Orleans...Read more >
May 15, 2010 (All day)
The San Francisco Foundation, 225 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA
Finalists for the 2010 California Switzer Fellowships will be interviewed on Saturday, May 15, 2010, in San Francisco. We will interview 25 finalists...Read more >
May 14, 2010 (All day)
The San Francisco Foundation, 225 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA
Green Chemistry and Thinking Without Borders: Stories on the Power and Perils of Interdisciplinary Work A conversation with Dr. Michael P. Wilson, Executive Director , UC Berkeley's Center for Green Chemistry Please join Switzer Foundation staff, trustees and colleagues for an evening reception with food and drink following our annual Board meeting! We will be featuring 2002 Switzer Fellow and Switzer Leadership Program Grantee Mike Wilson , Executive Director of the Center for Green Chemistry at UC Berkeley's Institute of the Environment. Mike will talk about his work on green chemistry policy at state, national and international levels, and lessons learned in navigating a major shift in academic, government and corporate policy . Michael Wilson is a research scientist at the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, and Acting Executive Director of the newly formed Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry. The Center links three interdisciplinary spheres of inquiry for the purpose of advancing green chemistry: New Chemistries, Health and Environmental, and Policy and Economy. Dr. Wilson received his Masters of Public Health and PhD degrees in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley and his bachelors degree in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He serves on the California Green Ribbon Science Panel (under AB 1879) and the state’s Biomonitoring Scientific Guidance Panel (under SB 1379). His work linking green chemistry with chemicals policy helped launch the California Green Chemistry Initiative and its ongoing implementing legislation. Abroad, he is a member of the International Panel on Chemical Pollution in Stockholm, Sweden and the International Scientific Advisory Committee for Sustainable Chemistry in Antwerp, Belgium. His two most recent papers, published in Environmental Health Perspectives and Science in 2009, explore the role of green chemistry and the environmental health sciences in chemicals policy reform. Click here to register. For more information, please contact Erin Lloyd , Program Officer.Read more >
May 8, 2010 (All day)
New England Foundation for the Arts, 125 Tremont Street, 7th Floor, Boston, MA
Finalists for the 2010 New England Switzer Fellowships will be interviewed on Saturday, May 8, 2010, in Boston. We will interview 25 finalists, and...Read more >
March 27, 2010 (All day) - March 28, 2010 (All day)
Los Angeles, CA
SATURDAY, MARCH 27th COALITION BUILDING TRAINING 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Trainer: Kevin Bryan of the Meridian Institute. Kevin works with other professionals to design and convene multiparty problem-solving interactions for public policy problems, such as the Climate Action Partnership. The core focus on coalition building will blend the training focus with the real world examination of the coalitions that have been built for environmental justice, community impacts of goods movement, and air quality issues. The training will consist of: Discussion of Coalition Building Principles. What are coalitions? Why do they succeed? Why do they fail? When should an organization participate in a coalition? Establishing a Coalition. Participants will engage in small group simulations to establish a coalition, including identifying key issues that the coalition will address and how the coalition will help each organization achieve its goals; determining the best strategy for action; and assessing how to resolve differences of opinion as they arise. Building the Foundations for Action. Continuing in small group simulations, participants will agree on a set of principles to guide the coalition, as well as a plan of action for actualizing those principles. Taking Action and Preparing for the Unexpected. Each group will be presented with an unexpected challenge that the coalition will have to address. Summary and Conclusions. A summary discussion about lessons learned during the exercises, and an opportunity for participant questions and feedback. DINNER 6:30 p.m. Location: Zucca Ristorante, 801 South Figueroa, Los Angeles, CA 90017 SUNDAY, MARCH 28th FIELD TRIP TO THE PORT OF LOS ANGELES Depart by bus from the Sheraton Downtown L.A. Hotel at 8:30 a.m. Return to hotel at approximately 3:00 p.m. Join Switzer Fellows Martha Matsuoka (2001) of Occidental College, Francisco Donez (2007) of the Southern California Field Office of the EPA, and Colleen Callahan (2009), Deputy Director of UCLA's Luskin Center for Innovation, and others for a tour of the site as well as a review of the community and cumulative regional impacts of goods movement. Details on the tour stops and schedule are still being worked out, but we ask that participants schedule flights or return trips home for after 3 p.m. Sunday. NOTE: travel expenses for 2009 Fellows traveling from within California will be covered. All others should contact Erin if you would like to attend but would need travel assistance to do so. We will do whatever we can to help as resources allow, including Fellows outside the region. ACCOMMODATIONS AND SCHEDULE: The training is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 27th. We have reserved a block of rooms Friday and Saturday nights at the Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel for out of town travelers. TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE .Read more >
March 23, 2010 (All day)
WEBINAR Climate Change Adaptation Led by Switzer Fellow Dr. Lara Hansen , Chief Scientist and Executive Director, and Dr. Jennie Hoffman, Senior...Read more >


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