Upcoming

July
13, 2004

PBS will screen the water privatization documentaryThirst” on
its acclaimed “P.O.V” (point of view) series at 10:00 pm
(check local listings). The Pacific Institute served as advisors on
the film and contributed to the P.O.V website that accompanies the
documentary. More info: www.pbs.org/pov/pov2004/thirst/

July 20, 2004

Dr. Gary Wolff will presentWaste Not, Want
Not
” to
The Southern California Water Dialogue from 12:00 to 3:00 pm. The Dialogue
is a monthly gathering of water agencies, environmental and watershed
organizations, consultants, and state and congressional staff to discuss,
question, and challenge each other on water issues that affect Southern
California. More info:

www.socalwaterdialouge.org.


Pacific Institute Launches New Website

Visitors to our website might have
thought they were in the wrong place as our long-standing, but out-dated,
website was replaced on June 15 with a new, more colorful design. But
of course we revamped our site for more than just aesthetics — we hope
our new site will be easier to navigate and more coherent in presenting
our work. The Pacific Institute site now features an improved document
search, up-to-date relational news feeds, and more content. The site
redesign was put into place by production artist Selena Chau and template-designer
Arena Reed under the direction of the Pacific Institute staff and Communications
Director Nicholas Cain. Please let us know if you have any questions,
problems or feedback. We hope you enjoy our new website!

http://pacinst.org

West Oakland Health Survey Seeks Spanish-Speaking Volunteers

The West Oakland Health Survey,
an effort to get reliable information on health and environmental conditions
in West Oakland, will take place on July 28th, 29th, and 31st. Want
to help? Interested volunteers, particularly those fluent in Spanish,
should contact Emily Lee at elee(at)pacinst.org or call (510) 251-1600.
This pilot health survey is a project of the Coalition for West Oakland
Revitalization (CWOR) and the Community Strategies for Sustainability
and Justice program at Pacific Institute.


STAFF UPDATES

June 5-11, 2004

As part of our ongoing Water and Conflict work, Peter
Gleick
travelled to Costa Rica for a joint workshop with Oregon State Univesity
on reducing conflict over water resource.

June 10-13, 2004

Catalina Garzon attended the “Crossroads: Critical
Issues in Community-Based Research Partnerships” conference
in Hartford, CT, sponsored by the Institute for Community Research.

June 13-20, 2004

Gary Wolff traveled to in Beijing and Yunnan to participate
in the second leg of a Woodrow Wilson Center-sponsored River Basin
Management . While in China Dr. Wolff presented the Institute’s recent
report on water conservation, “Waste Not, Want Not” to
the Environmental Protection Bureau of Tianjin City, and to students
and faculty of the Department of Environmental Engineering and Sciences
at Tsinghua University.

June 14, 2004

Meena Palaniappan attended a meeting of the West Oakland
Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council to talk about illegal truck
traffic in the neighborhood and air pollution. There was great
interest in the issue among community residents and many residents
shared their frustrations about trucks idling and parking in their
neighborhood, and decided to meet again about moving truck related
businesses out to the Oakland Army Base.

June 16, 2004

Jason Morrison attended a training, organized by the
ISEAL Alliance, on implementation of its newly released Code of Good
Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards. The training,
which took place in New York City, provided Morrison valuable insights
regarding best to advocate reform regarding standards development within
ISO

June 17, 2004

Peter Gleick debated water privatization with Adrian
Moore of the Reason Foundation and John Sylvia of Aqua International
at the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco. Bay Area radio station KALW
will air the program on July 13 at 1:00 pm. CDs of the discussion can
be purchased for $12 from the Commonwealth Club. More info: www.commonwealthclub.org/archive/index.html

June 17, 2004

Margaret Gordon and Emily Lee attended a regional workshop
organized by RAMP, the Prevention Institute, and Urban Habitat entitled “Housing,
Asthma, and Health Workshop: Sharing Strategies and Building Alliances.” Ms.
Gordon gave a presentation on her experience in the environmental justice
movement and the issue of diesel effects in West Oakland.
Discussions during the workshop addressed the question of how community-based
organizations can work together to reduce diesel exposure,
develop more affordable and low-income housing, and create
positive changes in accessing quality health care.

June 19, 2004

Margaret Gordon and Emily Lee attended the Parent
Leadership & Engagement
Academy (PLEA) Summit at Lowell Middle School in West Oakland,
CA. West Oakland EIP, Pacific Institute, and InfoOakland organized
and presented a workshop for PLEA parents, which focused
on the powerful use of data, community participation, and how to frame
the fight for social and community change.

June 21-22, 2004

Jason Morrison participated in an ISO-organized conference
focusing on what role ISO should play in the development of standards
relating to Corporate Social Responsibility. Subsequent to the two-day
event, which took place in Stockholm, Sweden, ISO’s senior management
announced ISO’s intention to move forward with the development
a guidance standard on the topic.

June 22, 2004

Emily Lee, Margaret Gordon, and Catalina
Garzon
attended
the “Building
up health communities, breaking down health disparities” workshop
in Oakland, CA, sponsored by the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
and the Prevention Institute.

June 21-22, 2004

Peter Gleick attended the June meeting of the Water
Science and Technology Board of the National Academy of Sciences

June 24-25, 2004

Catalina Garzon represented Pacific Institute at the
last two days of the San Francisco Foundation’s “It Takes All
of Us” series
on race and power dynamics for their environmental health and justice
grantees.

June 26, 2004

Meena Palaniappan co-hosted a toxic tour in West
Oakland for members of the Sustainable Communities Leadership program.
The toxic tour stopped at numerous sites in West Oakland and at the
Port of Oakland and participants heard about successful efforts of
the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project to shut down Red
Star Yeast, reduce diesel pollution from the Port of Oakland, and
gentrification in the neighborhood.

June 28-30, 2004

Jason Morrison attended the 7th annual “Learning
Together” conference
of the Multi-State Working Group on Environmental Performance held
in Charleston, West Virginia.

June 28, 2004

William C.G. Burns published “The Potential Impacts
of Climate Change on Migratory Species and the Role of the CMS” in
the latest issue of the Bulletin of the Convention on Migratory Species.

June 29, 2004

Margaret Gordon, Catalina Garzon, and Emily
Lee
attended
the InfoOakland Training
workshop for West Oakland community members and advocacy organizations
held at the Oakland Technology Exchange West (OTX). The objective is
to close the digital divide, gain organizing tools, and use
data for making change in West Oakland. The kick-off was well received
by the participants and InfoOakland, Pacific Institute staff and EIP
have been asked to organize more community trainings on data
collection and how to use the information. More info: http://infooakland.org/

June 29, 2004

Meena Palaniappan, Emily Lee, and Margaret
Gordon
attended a West Oakland Community Health Survey planning meeting at
the Prescott Joseph Center in West Oakland, CA. Ms. Palaniappan hosted
the meeting, whose attendees included local health agencies and community-based
organizations. For more information on how to participate, see headlines
above.


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