January 2022
As part of an ongoing effort to align all of our practices with our values to improve environmental quality and advance social equity, the foundation has transitioned our checking account and credit cards to a new bank.

We recognize that the funds we manage are not separate from the environmental and social issues that we support with our grant programs and network. Since the Paris Agreement, the banking industry has financed more than $3.8 trillion globally in the fossil fuel sector. Moving to a bank with a demonstrated commitment to climate justice is another step in leveraging the power we have as an institution.

Learn more and find resources for transferring your funds to an institution aligned with your values in this On Leadership post.
We anticipate being able to fund two or three Leadership Grants this spring! Fellows who are considering a Leadership Grant proposal, please note the first step is submitting a concept letter - these are due on February 1, invited proposals will be due March 1. Please contact Erin if you plan to submit a concept letter. If you would like to speak with a fellow who is a past recipient of a Leadership Grant award for some tips on putting together a concept letter and proposal, Erin would be happy to help facilitate an introduction.
Olivia Walton and her organization, St. Croix Environmental Association (SEA), were awarded a $40,000 Leadership Grant in December: Rebuilding Environmental Education Programs on St. Croix. By establishing a strong and equitable environmental education program, Olivia will lead SEA’s work to connect and build meaningful, sustainable programs with local schools.
We have compiled a list of books authored, edited or co-authored by Switzer Fellows in 2021 (that we are aware of!). Check out the latest writing by Switzer Fellows and dive into topics such as Indigenous teachings, the biology of climate change and sustainable urban planning. If we missed your book, please let us know and we’ll add it to the list.
Fellow News

Wednesday, February 2
10 - 11:30 am PST / 1 - 2:30 pm EST
All fellows are welcome for this Race & Equity Discussion Group event. Hear from fellows that attended COP26 on their climate justice takeaways and discuss ideas about how Switzer Fellows from diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise can work together toward climate justice. Register here.

Wednesday, February 16th
Noon - 1 pm PST / 3 - 4 pm EST
Fellows with Ph. Ds will share their experiences moving into applied careers in government, NGO and private sector environmental work. You'll come away with ideas, encouragement and connections with other fellows working in or seeking an applied Ph.D. career. Register here.

7 Mondays from February 7 to April 4
9 am - 12 pm PST / 12 pm - 3 pm EST
The Switzer Foundation is partnering with the Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC) to offer a seven-part workshop free of charge to Switzer Fellows. Participants will learn how to “lead in a way that inspires, invites participation, and builds commitment.” Registration is full, but you can join the waitlist here.

Thank you to everyone who has been sharing opportunities on the Switzer Fellows listserv! We encourage you to keep posting jobs that come your way. If you have a connection to the hiring organization and are willing to be contacted, please include that information when you forward the posting. If a fellow has a connection, we will include it in this section each month.

You are also invited to join our private LinkedIn Group. This is another space to connect with other Switzer Fellows and stay up to date on the latest opportunities and news - especially if you are hiring or job-hunting.
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