July 2021
New fellowship review process 
The Switzer Foundation updated our fellowship review process this past year to support network engagement and equity. The goals were to bring a diversity of perspectives into the selection process, involve the Switzer Network in decision making and provide alumni with a new opportunity to engage and give back to the foundation. 

Read more about our updated process, its outcomes and our next steps in this On Leadership post.
Fall Leadership Grant concept letters due September 1
We are very pleased to announce we will be offering a fall 2021 Leadership Grant cycle. We anticipate a competitive round. Fellows who are interested in submitting a concept letter should contact Erin as soon as possible, review the guidelines for the Leadership Grant program and share the guidelines with the organization you will propose to work with. 

Deadlines are as follows: 
  • September 1, 2021: Concept letters due
  • October 1, 2021: Invited proposals due
  • December, 2021: Award decisions made

“COOKED: Survival by Zipcode” Screening
On August 3, 2021, the Switzer Network Race and Equity Discussion Group is hosting a viewing and discussion of COOKED: Survival By Zip Code, a short documentary film that takes audiences from the deadly 1995 Chicago heat disaster deep into a rapidly growing industry of disaster preparedness.

The event will include remarks by Judith Helfand, the director of the film, and DeAngelo Mack, director of state policy at Public Health Advocates and a partner to the project.

The climate crisis is making us sick. Doctors need better training to treat it.
Sarah Hsu, 2021 Switzer Fellow, co-authored this article in Grist on how few medical schools have climate change curricula, leaving physicians ill-equipped to prevent resulting illness and death, or reduce their own carbon footprint.

“Climbing temperatures and more frequent storms and wildfires pose specific risks to people with chronic health conditions, and clinicians can help them prepare for these situations so they don’t end up in the emergency room. Yet most medical professionals never receive any climate-related training. It’s time for that to change.” 

Authored or edited a book recently?
We would like to compile an annual list of books edited or authored by Switzer Fellows. If you have a recently published book, or one in the works, please let Cora know and we will add it to our list and share it with the network.

Check out last year’s list for great reads by Switzer Fellows.
Fellow News
Nicole Tichenor Blackstone’s project on sustainable diets at Tufts University is hiring a half-time Project Administrator in the Boston area.  

Caroline Howe shared an EPA Food Waste Fellowship in Washington, DC. The deadline to apply is August 4. Caroline doesn’t know more about the position, but loves the DC food waste community. 

Logan McCoy’s team at ISS Corporate Solutions is hiring a Sustainability Solutions Business Analyst in Rockville, MD. 

WWF is hiring a Global Climate & Energy Lead Scientist in Washington, DC. Rebecca Shaw is Chief Scientist for WWF. 

Sasha Gennet shared that The Nature Conservancy is hiring a Climate and Energy Policy Associate in Dublin, OH and a Senior Policy Advisor. Natural Climate Solutions in Arlington, VA. 

The Climate Breakthrough Project is hiring an Impact & Learning Manager. Location is flexible, but the Bay Area, CA is preferred. Gillian Lui was part of the team that established the project.

Jen Sokolove shared that the Water Foundation is seeking a new Program Officer in their Healthy Watersheds program. Preferred locations are Oakland or Sacramento, CA, but other locations in the Western US will be considered.

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. Visit the page to join.
"COOKED: Survival by Zipcode" Switzer Network Screening
Tuesday, August 3, 2021
12 - 1:30 pm PDT / 3 - 4:30 pm EDT
Virtual Event

Switzer Fellows Fall Retreat 2021
September 10 - September 12, 2021
Pepperwood Preserve, Santa Rosa, CA
The 2021 Switzer Fellow’s Fall Retreat is taking place in person, and is open to 2020 and 2021 Switzer Fellows only, due to COVID safety precautions.
Contact Erin with questions about the retreat.
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