March 2017
Fellow Regional Gatherings
Now that spring is inching closer, it's time to organize some Fellow gatherings!  If you are interested in organizing a happy hour, meal, or hike in your area, please contact Erin and we'll do what we can to assist.  There are happy hour gatherings coming up in Boston on March 23rd, and in Oakland on March 30th.

In addition, we've organized a brown bag lunch on Friday, March 31st in Oakland for Fellows to meet and talk about how the new administration and Congress are affecting their work.  Now that this administration is underway, we urge Fellows to use these regional gatherings as an opportunity to connect with each other on the ways that the current political regime is affecting your work and career paths.  So, look at these gatherings as both fun and therapeutic.  Again, please contact Erin if you'd like to organize something in your area.
Fellowship Interviewers Needed

We are still in the process of lining up our interview teams for the 2017 Fellowship selection!  We are taking names of interested people and will fill a certain number of these spots with Fellow alums.  We would also be interested in hearing any suggestions for outside colleagues who might be interested.  Please contact Erin for more information.
Cassandra Brooks: Protecting the Ross Sea

The world's largest marine protected area was adopted in the Ross Sea, Antarctica, in late October. This has been the topic of Fellow Cassandra Brooks' research over the last five years and a place she has worked in for a dozen years. Read an Audubon Magazine article about the accomplishment and Cassandra's blog post on the aftermath for National Geographic.
Stephen Blackmer: The Priest in the Trees

A recent feature in Harper's Magazine tells the story of 2010 Fellow Stephen Blackmer, priest at Church of the Woods -- a place of spiritual practice and transformation for people who encounter the divine in nature.
Colorado's wild places: Deer today, gone tomorrow?

Fellow Sarah Reed argues for providing local communities in Colorado with the resources they need - including information about where important wildlife habitats are located, and planning tools and technical assistance to protect those habitats - to achieve a reasonable balance between conservation and development.

Polluted Penobscot would be worse without EPA

Environmental regulations save our country money, provide jobs, and ensure the health of all animals, plants and the humans who see clean air, water and soil as an American right. The EPA needs a leader who will defend that right, writes Fellow Aram Calhoun.

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Creating the post-'post-truth' world, the California way

California's scientists, government and civil society have a long history of supporting vibrant public conversations that include scientists and then taking action on science-based facts. We need to expand this model beyond our state borders, writes Fellow Amy Luers.

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Upcoming Events
Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Standing Rock and Pipeline Issues, with Lisa Feldstein
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 12:30 pm ET

2017 Fellows' Spring Retreat and Policy Communications Training
Saturday, March 11 - Monday, March 13, 2017
Washington Marriott at Metro Center, Washington, DC

Switzer Fellows Dinner
Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 6:00 pm ET
District Distilling Co., 1414 U Street NW, Washington, DC

Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Building Alliances with Labor, with Mike Wilson
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 12:30 pm ET

Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Water Resources
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 12:30 pm ET

Switzer Fellows Regional Gathering:  Boston, MA
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 5:30 - 7 pm
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Switzer Fellows Regional Gathering:  Oakland, CA
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 5:30 pm PT
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Switzer Fellows brown bag lunch:  Oakland CA
Friday, March 31, 2017 - 12:00 pm PT
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Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Environmental Policy and Law
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 12:30 pm ET

Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Environmental Education
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 12:30 pm ET

Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Fracking
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 12:30 pm ET

Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Promoting Evidence-based Governance, with Rebecca Lave
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 12:30 pm ET

For a complete list of our upcoming events, please visit the Events section of our website.
Fellows in the News
Asa Bradman was appointed to the National Organics Standards Board and started a five-year term in January.

Josh Stewart
has found that manta rays are local commuters, not long-distance travelers. Great video, too!

Linda Walker was interviewed on The Diane Rehm show on global deforestation and efforts to stop illegal logging.

Candice Kim is now a Senior Organizer at the Center for Biological Diversity.

Melissa Garren gave a briefing on Capitol Hill to showcase a new Pelagic Data Systems fishing technology that provides behavioral traceability of small-scale fisheries.

Brian Beal's Downeast Institute in Maine is starting a $5 million expansion this summer.

Nicole Ardoin has won one of the highest honors of the NAAEE for "Outstanding Contributions to Research" in environmental education.

Stacy Jackson is now Vice President of Finance and Human Resources at CivicSolar in Oakland.

A vibrant community of environmental leaders