Institute Seeking Part-time Research Assistant
The Pacific Institute’s Community Strategies for Sustainability and Justice (CSSJ) Program is seeking a part-time research assistant to provide research support focused on environmental policy analysis, research into economic development models, and regional mapping and spatial analysis.
For the full job posting, and information on how to apply, click here.
Institute Works with Council to Improve California’s Urban Water Conservation
Senior Research Associate Heather Cooley attended the California Urban Water Conservation Council Steering Committee meeting on May 5-7 near Lake Havasu and also attended the Council’s plenary meeting held in Oakland on June 11. At this meeting, the Council voted on a GPCD (gallons per capita per day) reporting option for agencies to report their conservation successes. A longtime member of the Council, the Pacific Institute has been a member of the Steering Committee for the past year.
Restoration Alternatives for Colorado River’s Laguna Reach Discussed
On May 28, Senior Research Associate Michael Cohen participated in a Laguna Division Conservation Area meeting in Yuma, Arizona, where a large group of stakeholders reviewed and discussed three restoration alternatives for the degraded Laguna Reach of the Colorado River. The alternatives would replace large saltcedar stands with a mosaic of marsh, riparian, and upland habitats, restoring as much as 1260 acres at the uppermost extent of the former Colorado River delta. The group will meet again on July 8 to review a final draft alternative, for subsequent presentation to the MSCP Steering Committee in October. For more information, please see our Laguna Reach webpage.
Salton Sea Restoration Bill Passes Senate Committee, Heads to Assembly
On May 28, California’s Senate Appropriations Committee voted 10-2 to approve Senate Bill 51, the bill to establish a Salton Sea Restoration Council. The Salton Sea Restoration Council bill would establish a governance structure for Salton Sea restoration and revitalize the state’s moribund efforts, a move the Institute has long advocated. Last year, the committee never released a similar bill from suspense. SB 51 now heads to the Assembly for consideration.
Institute, Others Find Yuma Desalting Plant
On June 1, the Pacific Institute joined six other NGOs in submitting extensive comments on the proposed “pilot” operation of the Yuma Desalting Plant. Our comment letter notes significant deficiencies in the draft Environmental Assessment. To download the comment letter, click here.
Cooley Presents on Water and Energy Links
Senior Research Associate Heather Cooley, an expert on the links between water and energy, lectured on the connections between water, energy, and climate change at California State University, East Bay on May 18. She also brought her expertise to the annual River Network conference held in Baltimore, Maryland where she delivered a workshop on the tools available for quantifying the links between water and energy.
Morrison Attends International Standards’ Social Responsibility Group
On May 17-22 in Quebec, Canada, Jason Morrison, director of the Institute’s Globalization program, attended the 7th plenary meeting the ISO Working Group on Social Responsibility. Morrison serves as the NGO representative of the six-person U.S. expert delegation for the meeting.
Morrison Presents on Alliance for Water Stewardship
On May 4 in Brussels, Jason Morrison served as a co-presenter at a master class focusing on the Alliance for Water Stewardship, a partnership of which the Pacific Institute is a member, working to define core principles and structures needed to develop an inclusive global freshwater stewardship plan. The half-day seminar served as a prelude to the Corporate Water Footprinting Reporting Conference, also organized by the European Networking Group. Read more about the Alliance for Water Stewardship.