Two DUSP Students Named Switzer Fellows

Each year, 20 promising environmental leaders are selected by their academic institution or environmental experts to be named as the year's Switzer Fellows.  In 2017, this select group included two DUSP students: Adam Hasz and Doug McPherson:

Adam is an MCP candidate in the Environmental Policy and Planning group He believes that the global energy transition needed to stabilize the climate can also help to create a more equitable society. Adam’s academic work focuses on advancing democratized energy systems and urban-scale renewable technologies that can build wealth for marginalized communities. Adam also believes that political activism is essential to building the world we want. He organizes primarily with Fossil Free MIT and Our Revolution Cambridge, where he proposed climate justice amendments that are now part of the Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform. Prior to enrolling at MIT, Adam spent seven organizing in climate and energy campaigns at the local, state, federal, and international levels. Most recently, Adam directed the climate advocacy organization SustainUS and campaigned successfully for the Paris Agreement to contain a long-term global goal of net zero emissions. Adam graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Urban Studies. He is committed to continue working for climate justice for the long-haul.

Doug is an MCP candidate in Housing, Community and Economic Development.  His research focuses on policies and initiatives that promote the development of open space while mitigating displacement impacts as new parks make neighborhoods increasingly desirable. He examines the emerging trend of equitable development plans developed by open space advocates to marry investment in parks with new employment opportunities and incentives to create and preserve affordable housing. He also evaluates the challenges and opportunities of incorporating anti-displacement policies into land use codes and taxation frameworks. As a member of MIT and the Conservation Law Foundation's Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund research team, Doug has contributed to studies of the environmental, health, and community impacts of transit-oriented real estate development. Doug has advocated for additional public investment in open space, first as a congressional aide and more recently as a steering committee member at Friends of the QueensWay, a group dedicated to completing a 3.5-mile rails-to-trails project traversing the Rego Park, Forest Hills, Glendale, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, and Woodhaven neighborhoods in New York City. Also prior to MIT, Doug served as Legislative Director to New York City Council Member David G. Greenfield, Chair of the Youth Employment Committee on Queens Community Board Ten, and Implementation Lead at a health information technology startup. Doug holds a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition, the 2017 class of fellows includes DUSP MCP Alum Miriam Solis, as well as Jeremy Poindexter, a current doctoral candidate in MIT's Department of Materials Science and Engineering

For more information about the program, and bios of all the fellows, see: