November 2020
Now accepting 
Fellowship applications
The application period for 2021 Switzer Fellowships is now open. We encourage fellows to share this news with your networks and to let us know if there are contacts whom you think we should reach out to. Please share the Call for Applications and refer potential applicants to the guidelines on our website. We continue to strongly encourage students of color, first-generation students, and individuals from traditionally underrepresented groups in environmental fields to apply. Thanks for helping us spread the word to great applicants! 

Completed applications (including all supporting documents) are due by 11:59 p.m. EST on January 8, 2021.

Seeking a Network Manager

We are hiring a new member of the Switzer Foundation team. The Network Manager will help to connect and activate the Switzer Network; cultivate Switzer Fellows' engagement as participants, contributors and leaders; sustain relationships and collaborations among Switzer Fellows; and convene events to build community and catalyze collective action by the Switzer Network. The Network Manager will also manage the foundation's communications, supporting Switzer Fellows to engage effectively with communities, policy makers, and the media, and promoting Switzer Fellows as recognized leaders driving positive environmental change. Please help us to recruit excellent candidates by sharing the job announcement widely with your networks. 

Application review will begin on December 7, 2020.

Download the Network Manager position description

View the position description online

Help us craft our Land Acknowledgement

The Switzer Foundation has created a land acknowledgement, as well as a staff post about its purpose and the process of crafting such a statement during a time without physical gatherings. We are seeking feedback from the network on the acknowledgement and hope to open discussion on the process. 

Read the post and provide feedback

Civic engagement for a better world

The Switzer Foundation joined our peers in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors to provide paid time off for our staff to vote and volunteer in nonpartisan efforts tied to the 2020 election. This change represents another important step towards embedding the foundation's commitment to equity and justice across our organizational culture and operations, recognizing the differential challenges of voting for staff with different identities and personal circumstances, and elevating the importance of civic engagement for advancing equity and justice in the communities we support.

Thanks for completing the all-fellows survey

We are grateful to all of you who took the time to respond to our recent survey of fellows. We had a terrific response from the network and are looking forward to sharing back what we heard. We have four fellows who won the drawing for books by Switzer Fellow authors - Anna Robuck, Angie Doerr, Lindsey Stuvick and Kristen Pratt Kalaman, be on the lookout for your book in the mail! We are thrilled that fellow Lara Hansen has donated a copy of her book, Climate Savvy: Adapting Conservation and Resource Management to a Changing World, and that we are able to provide copies of Ayana Johnson's edited collection of writings, All We Can Save: Truth, Courage and Solutions for the Climate Crisis.
Switzer TED Countdown event a success

Last week, Switzer joined TED's Countdown, a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into action, with our own TEDx Switzer event. Participants heard from Christiana Figueres, David Lammy, and poet Amanda Gorman, as well as Switzer Fellows Kevin Kung, Jill Kauffman Johnson, Jessica Shade, and Karleen Boyle, about innovative solutions, maintaining hope, taking action, and staying forward looking.
Participants will be notified when the talks are available to view online. If you were not registered, please email Laine to receive a notification when the talks are available via the TED platform.

Protect the Antarctic Peninsula - 
before it's too late

Cassandra Brooks published a Comment in Nature with colleagues who participated in the Homeward Bound Project last December. The women's leadership project brought together a community of women leaders in science from across the world and culminated with a trip to the Antarctic Peninsula.

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Clean water and sanitation: How design can influence behavioral changes

Jeannette Laramee writes that better designs for clean water and sanitation infrastructure in developing areas could encourage more use of sanitation facilities to achieve the goal of creating healthy communities.

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Law journal special issue featuring fellows now out

During Candice Youngblood's final year at Berkeley Law, she pitched and organized a 200+ attendee environmental justice symposium to increase environmental justice scholarship and discourse within the environmental legal field. The symposium, called Ground-Truthing Injustice, also included fellows Irene Vasquez and Mike Wilson as speakers.

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Climate change affects all residents' health

Laura Bozzi and her colleague Robert Dubrow wrote an op-ed about the health effects of climate change on Connecticut's residents to accompany their new report on the topic from the Center on Climate Change and Health at the Yale School of Public Health.

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Fellows in the News
Candice Youngblood has received a $20,000 grant from Aerie to develop Youth on Root, a state-wide youth leadership program focusing on environmental health disparities. The initiative was featured on Forbes magazine's website.

Evan Hansen won reelection and is returning to the West Virginia House of Delegates from Monongalia County for a second term.

Joe Aldy discussed China's climate leadership and pledge to hit net zero emissions by 2060 in a segment of Living on Earth.

Nick Jensen provided testimony before the California State Assembly on the connections between plants, climate change and wildfire.

Aram Calhoun was awarded a Conservation Leadership Award by the Natural Resources Council of Maine for providing her expertise and leadership in the effort to protect Maine's vernal pools.

Amy Luers joined Microsoft as the company's Global Lead, Sustainability Science.

Cassandra Brooks discusses the global challenges and successes to protect Antarctica in The Age of Nature series on PBS.

Kathy Fallon Lambert was quoted in USA Today on Trump's EPA rollbacks and the surprisingly moderate costs of using 100% clean energy.

Lauren Richter used the case of contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to identify patterns of institutionalized ignorance in U.S. chemical regulation.

Have news for this or another section of E-Newsline? Send it to Lauren so she can post it to our website, social media, and a future e-news issue. Please update your profile as well. You can use our new Google Form to submit changes instead of logging in.
Upcoming Events
Abolitionist Climate Justice, with Julie Sze
Tuesday, December 1
9:30 a.m. PST / 12:30 p.m. EST
This Race and Equity Discussion Group call is open to all Switzer Fellows. We may be able to allow a few close colleagues if space permits, but please contact Erin before registering colleagues.
Learn more and register

Seeking co-hosts for Switzer Fellow social hours
Our Zoom social hours continue to be a success, and we would like to invite fellows to join us in hosting them. The events are typically very informal, with light facilitation. Please contact Erin if you are interested.

Also, if you are attending a conference or meeting and want to do a virtual social hour, let us know so we can set it up.
The job market is challenging these days and we know some fellows have been directly affected by this as they anticipate graduation, or if downsizing or restructuring has happened at their organizations. One way to cope: use the Switzer Network! Contact fellows in agencies or organizations you are interested in, and feel free to reach out to Erin if you'd like assistance.

Job Searches

Xantha Bruso recently learned she won't be continuing her work on policy and partnerships for the AV Strategy team at AAA. She is looking for a new opportunity to advance technologies and policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, so if you or someone in your network is looking for an experienced manager to drive sustainability strategy, shape technology policy, collaborate across teams and deliver business results, please reach out to Xantha directly.

Openings with Network Connections

The Rich Earth Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont is seeking hiring a new Executive Director (downloads PDF). Emma Schneider knows the employees and current ED well.

Duke University and the WWF are hiring for two postdoc positions, one in social and cultural aspects of fisheries, and the other on small-scale fisheries and food security. Sarah Reed knows the mentors for these positions and would be happy to facilitate an introduction.

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) seeks a strategic, creative, and team-oriented Senior Vice President of Programs (SVP) to join its senior leadership team. Please let Sarah Reed know if you are thinking of applying, and she would be glad to amplify your name with the search firm.

We invite fellows to post about job searches and opportunities to the listserv directly by emailing [email protected]. Please include if you are willing to serve as an informational resource for interested fellows. Contact Laine if your email does not go through so they can check which account you are registered with.
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