Land Use & Open Space Conservation

Fellow Story

Expanding the bull’s eye of solar development on public lands

“For a meaningful and productive conversation it is critical to see these issues—opposition to use of public lands versus opposition to large-scale solar—as distinct," Dustin Mulvaney writes in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
April 17, 2024
Fellow Story

Urban Biodiversity and Equity book features Switzer Fellow contributors

J. Morgan Grove, Nicole Heller, Sarah Reed and Christine Wilkinson contributed to this text advancing justice-centered biodiversity conservation in cities and demonstrating the necessity of, and tools for, simultaneously addressing social inequities and biodiversity conservation.
January 18, 2024
Fellow Story

Aja Grande: a reciprocal relationship with the land in Hawaiʻi

Through community-based research with organizations that work to “hoʻomomona hou i ka ʻāina,” or “restore that which feeds back to abundance,” Switzer Fellow Aja Grande has embarked on a healing journey of her own.
December 21, 2023
Leadership Grant Grant

Realizing a Resilient Edgmere: an Intersection of Housing, Equity and Environment

As Interim Manager, Doug will lead the ReAL Edgemere Community Land Trust through the process of designing flood-resilient coastal infrastructure and accessible open space to benefit the community and environment of Edgemere.
December 11, 2023
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de Bremond’s Global Land Programme moves from Switzerland to Maryland

Ariane de Bremond's international research program that focuses on land use for agriculture and other purposes amid environmental change moved headquarters to the University of Maryland.
August 14, 2023
Fellow Story

Wilson Morris contributes to natural infrastructure plan for Texas Hill Country

The Plan aims to provide data-driven solutions and priorities for conserving natural resources within the Texas Hill Country and includes a written report, maps, and recommendations for a path forward.
July 26, 2023

Nākoa Farrant

2023 Fellow
Nākoa is determined to address Hawaiʻi’s food insecurity and perpetuate Hawaiian knowledge to restore a state of ʻāina momona (abundance). He investigates how former sugarcane fields in Hawaiʻi could be managed to meet local sustainability goals.
Fellow Story

Scheuer quoted on failed legislative attempt to circumvent HI Land Use Commission

Jonathan Likeke Scheuer hopes that the conversation will now move to a “much more productive place” that considered “actual barriers” to affordable housing rather targeting the LUC’s oversight.
June 22, 2023
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Mulvaney interviewed on social and ecological impacts of desert solar farms

Dustin Mulvaney was featured in a May 2023 KSQD Sustainability Now! episode on the social and ecological impacts of large solar farms in the desert and whether they can contribute to a “just energy transition”. Listen here
June 21, 2023
Fellow Story

Fraga op-ed: We can’t solve the climate crisis by causing extinction

Tiehm’s buckwheat, the rare wildflower at the center of controversy for supposedly “standing in the way” of a lithium mine, is teetering on the edge of extinction. Dubious conservation programs, touted loudly by a mining company and its boosters, not only will fail to prevent the plant’s extinction in its natural range, but they do damage to the reputation and practice of rare plant conservation.
June 21, 2023