October 2020
Take our survey, win books!

The Switzer Foundation is undertaking a strategic review process, and we are reaching out to Switzer Fellows to ask for your help and input by participating in a short survey. We would like to hear about your experiences as part of the Switzer Network and your ideas for the foundation's future. All participants will be registered in a drawing to win a set of Switzer Fellow-authored books! 

It has been several years since we last surveyed our fellows, and our goal is to get all of our nearly 700 fellows to complete the survey. We know how busy you all are, but your ideas and feedback are critical for the foundation's future planning. 

A message from Inform Evaluation & Research, an evaluation firm co-founded by Switzer Fellow Brian Johnson, is in your inbox right now. Please take this opportunity to guide the foundation for the next decade.

The deadline to complete the survey is October 29.
Join the TEDx Switzer Countdown Event

TED launched Countdown, a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, on October 10. We are joining the movement with our own TEDx Switzer Countdown event on Thursday, November 12, 12:30 - 2 p.m. PST / 3:30 - 5 p.m. EST.

Plan to be moved and inspired by global leaders and Switzer Fellows working on climate change solutions. This will be a chance to join together as a network, learn something new, and be energized to work on the greatest environmental issues of our time. This is our time to make positive change! #JoinTheCountdown

Phasing out is not enough - the problem with fluorinated chemicals in wildlife

A class of chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, are found in the blood of 99 percent of U.S. adults, as well as babies in the womb and children. But PFAS pollution isn't limited to humans. They are found in juvenile seabirds, too. How does a compound banned two decades ago remain so abundant in wildlife around the globe today? Answer: uncanny persistence. A new opinion piece by Anna Robuck was published on The Hill's website.

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Upcoming Events
Doing Well and Doing Good: Negotiation and Balance in a Purpose-Driven Career
Thursday, October 22
9:30 a.m. PDT / 12:30 p.m. EDT
How can you have a career in environmental science, policy or justice without sacrificing yourself? Fellow Jeremy Hays will lead a frank and open discussion on valuing your contributions, finding work-life balance, and developing the mental stamina to work on intractable problems for long periods of time. This event is open to Switzer Fellows only.
Learn more and register

Democratizing Environmental Data: Panel Discussion & Reports Release
Thursday, October 22
3 p.m. PDT / 6 p.m. EDT
This event, hosted by the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) and co-sponsored by the Union of Concerned Scientists, will present the outcomes of a series of workshops Lourdes Vera helped facilitate on themes she discussed in our June Race and Equity Discussion Group session on Environmental Data Justice. Panelists include Hannah Vogel, the policy advisor to Senator Ed Markey, and members of the Environmental Investigation Agency.

TEDx Switzer Countdown Event
Thursday, November 12
12:30 p.m. PST / 3:30 EST
#JoinTheCountdown movement with our own TEDx Switzer Countdown event! Plan to be moved and inspired by global leaders and Switzer Fellows working on climate change solutions.

Climate Displacement Forum
Remaining events on October 22, 29, and November 5
The Climate Displacement Forum is a 5-part webinar series, brought to you by EcoAdapt's National Adaptation Forum, that will take an interconnected look at climate displacement pressures along with approaches to prevent displacement or adapt by exploring migration, current managed retreat and relocation strategies, equity implications, and policy considerations.

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.

We are also interested in hosting social hours during virtual conferences. If you are attending SACNAS, APHA, HEFN, AGU or another conference or meeting and want to do a virtual social hour, let us know so we can set it up.
Fellows in the News
Olivia Walton has been selected by The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) for its fifth class of 30 leaders under the age of 30.

Linda Shi published and lectured on how green infrastructure can advance both social justice and regional impact.

Steven Moch was named Associate Editor of Managing Climate Risk in the Financial System, the first wide-ranging federal government study focused on the specific impacts of climate change on Wall Street.

Lissa Widoff is serving as the interim executive director of Midcoast Conservancy and helping the organization find a new executive director.

Kevin Kung's organization, Takachar, was one of the winners of the Coastal Pollution Challenge. They also recently published two journal articles on the localized utilization of biomass in California.

Lara Cushing and Rachel Morello-Frosch published an equity analysis of California's clean vehicle rebate programs.

Mike Antos will serve a two-year term on the California Water Data Consortium's inaugural Steering Committee.

We also have news items from three of our 2020 Switzer Fellows:

Katie Pofahl 
co-authored a report on the impacts of Covid-19 on the rural West.

Camila Bustos co-authored a new 2020 Law Firm Climate Change Scorecard for the Law Students for Climate Accountability organization, which she co-founded.

Idalmis Vaquero was quoted in the Los Angeles Times about the deal that might allow Exide to be allowed to abandon their toxic battery recycling plant and massive cleanup bill in her neighborhood.

Have news for this section? 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.

Empathic Communications training
John Kinyon is offering his empathy, mindfulness and communications online courses for free to Switzer Fellows. If you are interested, please contact John directly and identify yourself as a Switzer Fellow.
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In addition, the following opportunities with Switzer Fellow connections were posted to the listserv recently:

The Grand Canyon Trust is seeking a Legislative and Policy Director, and Matt Williamson worked as Program Director for the trust before returning to grad school. Matt says, "Really interesting organization and one that continues to be very dynamic. Happy to chat with anyone considering applying to this position!" Application review started October 12, but applications are still being accepted.

Multiple positions are available with Angel Hsu's Data-Driven EnviroLab at UNC Chapel Hill starting January 2021. Learn more

Verra is hiring a new role of Chief Policy and Markets Officer and a South Africa Manager. Carina Bracer says she'd love to work with other fellows in the roles!

Christine Lee's group (JPL terrestrial hydrology group/329F) has a job open that she'd be happy to answer questions about. It is for a scientist to work on hydrologic research and applications aided by Earth-orbiting satellites.

Beckie Menten is looking to bring on a fellow via the Climate Corps program, sponsored by Strategic Energy Innovations. She writes, "This would be a relatively entry level program suitable for a recent graduate. We're really emphasizing diversity in the applicant pool over specific job experience and would appreciate the support distributing this posting among minority specific industry groups you may be tied into." Details are available here.

We invite fellows to post all opportunities to the listserv directly by emailing switzerfellows@switzernetwork.org. 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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