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Pacific
Institute Online Update for June 2004



In
This Issue

1)
Gleick to Debate Water Privatization on June 17

2) Indicators Project Moving to New Home
3) Community Strategies Program Adds New Staff
4) Staff Updates for May


HeadlinesGleick
to Debate Water Privatization at Commonwealth Club
S.F.

Aging
water systems, growing populations, water scarcity,
and the threat of climate change have all put serious
stress on our public water systems. Some municipalities
are turning to private water or wastewater companies
to meet their needs, but many questions remain about
the wisdom of privatizing this essential resource.
What are the risks and benefits of privatization?
What are the hidden pitfalls? Is there a way to protect
the public interest and the environment?

WHO
Peter Gleick will debate Adrian Moore of the Reason
Foundation and John Sylvia, CEO of Aqua International,
on the subject of water privatization. Brian Chase
of Nossaman, Guthner, Knox & Elliott, LLP will
moderate. WHEN Thursday, June 17th; 5:30 pm
reception, 6:00 pm discussion. WHERE The Commonwealth
Club of San Francisco, 595 Market Street at Second
Street, 2nd Floor. COST The event is $8 for
members of The Commonwealth Club and $15 non-members.

Interest
is strong, so please register
online
or call (415) 597-6700

Environmental
Indicators Project a Step Closer to New Home

The
West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project made
an important step towards becoming a community run
initiative this month. The Coalition for West Oakland
Revitalization and the West Oakland Environmental
Indicators Committee signed a Memorandum of Understanding
clarifying the roles and responsibilities of various
organizations. This will allow the community to continue
to update the indicators and continue their work of
making West Oakland a cleaner and safer place to live.

Community
Strategies Program Adds Staff for New Projects

The
Community Strategies for Sustainability and Justice
program is pleased to announce the addition of two
new staff members. Fanta Kamakaté will
be working on our diesel reduction project and in
Richmond, California. Ms. Kakakaté is a Masters
student in the Energy and Resources Group at the University
of California at Berkeley. Prior to attending UC Berkeley,
she was a Project Manager in the Transportation Technology
group of TIAX LLC. Emily Lee will be working
as Outreach Coordinator on the West Oakland Health
Survey, and conducting outreach in West Oakland and
Richmond. Before coming to Pacific Institute, Ms.
Lee interned at the Environmental Justice and Climate
Change program at Redefining Progress. Ms. Lee holds
a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University
of California, Berkeley.


Staff
Updates

5/11,
Water and Sustainability, Peter Gleick attended a
workshop on the California Water Plan entitled “Recommended
Actions for Meeting California’s Water Needs,”
organized by the Planning and Conservation League.

5/25,
Water and Sustainability, Peter Gleick presented the
results of “Waste
Not, Want Not
,” the Institute’s urban water
efficiency report, to an enthusiastic audience at
the Pacific Energy Center Water Conservation Workshop
in San Francisco.

5/25,
Colorado River, Michael Cohen participated in the
International Boundary & Water Commission’s Colorado
River Delta Advisory Committee’s semi-annual meeting
held in San Diego, California.

Upcoming

6/17/04,
Water Privatization [San Francisco, Calif.], Peter
Gleick will debate Adrian Moore of the Reason Foundation
and John Sylvia, CEO of Aqua International, on the
subject of water privatization. The event will be
held at the Commonwealth Club on June 17th at 6:00
pm – more information is in the blurb at left. Register
online

or call 415 597-6700.

6/17/04,
Water and Climate Change [Sacramento, Calif.], Peter
Gleick will attend the League of California Cities
conference in Sacramento to give a talk on the impacts
of climate change for California.

6/5-6/12/04,
Water and Conflict [Liberia, Costa Rica], Peter Gleick
will participate in a set of three workshops on water,
conflicts, and reducing risks organized as part of
the Pacific Institute’s Environment and Security Program.

6/8/04,
Salton Sea [Sacramento, Calif.], Michael Cohen will
participate in the Department of Water Resources Salton
Sea Advisory Committee meeting.



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