January 2019
Exploring options for Fellow contributions
Fellows, trustees and staff at this year's California fall retreat
Happy New Year, Fellows!  

As the Foundation and our Network of Fellows has reached beyond 32 years and 630 strong, many of you have suggested we look at how Fellows might be able to contribute financially to the Foundation and our programs.  Lissa is putting together a small committee of interested Fellows to consider options for how best to do this, whether creating a donor-advised fund or contributing directly to the Foundation.  It will never be our intention to compete in fundraising with everyone's good efforts in the non-profit sector, but rather to enhance the programs we have and find modest ways to expand our impact while honoring the donor's wishes for the Foundation to continue to have a strong imprint of Fellow leadership and interests. Interested Fellows, please contact Lissa for more information.  And as always, thanks for all that you do and will continue to do as we head into 2019!
Opportunity:  PGM One Summit, May, 2019

People of the Global Majority in Outdoors, Nature and Environment ( PGM One) is holding their third annual summit in Philadelphia May 8-10, 2019.  PGM One convenes emerging and established professionals of color who work in the environmental and outdoors movement to share, learn, collaborate, heal, celebrate, build community, find support, and sharpen their analysis of racial equity in their field.  Each of the prior two summits have convened 250-300 people doing a variety of work in these fields.  Switzer Fellows who may be interested in attending can find more information here (registration will open soon).  If you would like to attend but would need support doing so, please contact Erin.  We can offer some support for Fellows to attend (up to $500) via the Professional Development Fund.  We'd like to support this conference, and sending Fellows is a great way to do that.  If we get a group of you attending, we'll connect you so you can get together while you're there!
Photo: Environmental Health Coalition
Switzer Leadership Grant Outcomes: Air Quality and Environmental Justice along the U.S./Mexico border

Carolina Prado worked with the Environmental Health Coalition for one year under a Switzer Leadership Grant.  Read about two projects led by Carolina which examined air quality, public health and environmental justice in two communities in San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Mexico, including how Carolina trained citizen scientists to monitor environmental and public health indicators, map them, and successfully advocate for better land-use and trucking regulations in their communities.  

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Two new Leadership Exchange postings

We have recently posted two new opportunities on the Leadership Exchange section of our website.  This is where organizations post their interest in finding a Fellow with whom to partner on a potential Leadership Grant.  The new postings are:
Contact Erin for more information about the Leadership Grant Program.
Lissa Widoff
Upcoming Network call: Re-visioning environmental leadership for equity and impact:  The Switzer Foundation's journey

Lissa will present the Switzer Foundation's organizational journey to embed equity into our programs and operations.  For the past two years, we have been examining every aspect of our operations to uncover internal and implicit biases in our Fellowship and grants programs, understand the impact of historic structural racial biases in the environmental field, and take steps to fostering a community of environmental leaders who can develop the skills needed to advance equity in environmental impact.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 12:30 pm ET / 9:30 am PT

To register, please email Lauren Hertel.
Alumni dinners - save the dates!

Upcoming opportunities to see each other, us, and to bid Lissa a fond farewell after her 20 years at the helm of this organization, will be on the following dates!  Details will be forthcoming, but if you find yourself in any of these locations please save the date!
Sarah Myhre: A Sea Change in Science

Fellow Sarah Myhre is a woman, a scientist, and a climate advocate. Are these strengths in a climate crisis?, asked a recent profile of her on Grist.

"I think you can be both rigorous and objective and be human at the same time," Myhre says. "And I have come to a place where I'm no longer willing to divorce my humanity from the science that I have participated in and am stewarding."

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Young voters and voters of color are key to climate policy

Voter turnout of people of color and millennials could impact the trajectory of our climate, writes Fellow Ayana Johnson in an op-ed for The Hill.

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Upcoming Events
Switzer Fellows Network Call: Re-visioning environmental leadership for equity and impact - the Switzer Foundation's journey
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 12:30 pm ET
Contact Lauren to register

Spring Retreat and Policy Communications Training
Marriott at Metro Center, Washington, DC
Saturday, March 9 - Monday, March 11, 2019
For more information

Fellows Alumni Dinner: Washington, DC
Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 7 pm
Agora, 1527 17th Street NW, Washington, DC

Fellows Alumni Dinner: Bay Area, CA
Friday, March 29, 2019
Location will be Oakland, Berkeley or San Francisco - TBA soon!

Switzer Fellowship Selection Interviews: California
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Oakland, CA
(Interviewers needed!)

Fellows Alumni Dinner:  Boston, MA
Friday, May 10, 2019
Boston, MA - location TBA

Switzer Fellowship Selection Interviews:  New England
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Boston, MA
(Interviewers needed!)
Fellows in the News
Ayana Johnson is now a regular contributor on ocean conservation to Scientific American's Observations blog.

Lauren Richter published  a new analysis that shows many states are establishing their own guideline levels for two types of PFAS-PFOA and PFOS-that differ from federal guidelines.

Lisa Bunin wrote a report for the GRACE Communications Foundation on conventional and organic crop production practices.
A vibrant community of environmental leaders