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Feb 16, 2017
Last fall, we surveyed all Fellows (as we do from time to time) to track professional pathways and leadership skills and to gain input on how we can improve our offerings through the Fellows Network, retreats, trainings, gatherings, etc. The timing of the survey had the unintended benefit of...Read more >
Feb 15, 2017
In the southern Pacific Ocean, off south-central Chile, is a wind-swept island with a mountain blanketed in old-growth forest. This mountain is inhabited by 70% of the world’s Pink-footed Shearwaters, a globally threatened seabird related to albatrosses. The island is called Isla Mocha (...Read more >
Feb 7, 2017
President Trump jettisoned more than 30 years of bipartisan regulatory policy on January 30 when he issued an executive order on “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs.” The order requires that whenever a new regulation is enacted by any federal agency, regulators must eliminate two rules, so that the cost of complying with the new rule is offset by the costs associated with the two existing rules. But Trump misses a crucial point about government regulations, writes Fellow Joe Aldy: They impose costs on society, but they also produce benefits.Read more >
Feb 1, 2017
As environmental leaders, we are undoubtedly facing a time of great challenge to environmental science, policy and practice and are looking for the best tools to use and strategic actions we can take. As we seek to leverage the resources we have as the Switzer Foundation and as the Switzer Fellows...Read more >
Jan 27, 2017
Fellow Daniel Orenstein writes that scientists, educators and researchers have to become leaders, both advancing the state of knowledge about global climate and the impacts of human activities, and strengthening the ecological literacy of youth. Education will be key in pushing back the damage that the Trump presidency is already causing, he says.Read more >
Jan 10, 2017
Since the November 2016 election, I have been thinking a great deal about what it really means to engage in systems change for environmental work. The election of Donald Trump, even in the simplest analysis, represents so much more than a political ideological divide in our nation. It remains to be...Read more >
Jan 9, 2017
Whether or not your work is rooted in science, we know that uncertainty marks much of our life experience, in both our personal and professional lives. The looming uncertainty we all feel about the unraveling of what we've fought so long and hard for in service of environmental protection, is...Read more >
Jan 6, 2017
Fellow Elizabeth Hoover visited the camp kitchens at Standing Rock and writes about the food traditions on display in them.Read more >
Dec 14, 2016
Fellow Kelly Sims Gallagher spoke recently with The GroundTruth Project about Donald Trump’s impact on the international relations of the Paris climate agreement, and what effect the U.S. election might have on climate politics in Europe and China.Read more >
Dec 5, 2016
Nearly a dozen Switzer Fellows attended and participated in the COP22 climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco, in November. This year's COP was highlighted by two significant trends. One, of course, was the outcome of the U.S. presidential election and the questions and concerns it raised...Read more >

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