Gleick Brings Water Conversation to Key Audiences at Home and Abroad
Pacific Institute President Peter Gleick was airborne this fall: in China, briefing the JPMorgan International Council on global water issues, with a focus on growing water problems in China, and in Dubai, participating in the Global Water Council of the World Economic Forum. He presented the York Lecture to 2000 people at the 2008 Joint Meeting of the American Society of Agronomy, the Geological Society of America, the Soil Science Society of America, and other related organizations in Houston, and provided the keynote address to the Siebel Scholars Conference on Water in Chicago. He spoke on global water issues at the San Diego Museum of Natural History as part of their fall lecture series and new exhibit on water.
In the wake of the September release of the Pacific Institute report on agricultural water conservation and efficiency, Gleick gave the keynote address on water to several thousand people at the annual conference of the Irrigation Association in Anaheim, California, as well as meeting with key California legislators to brief them on the report’s recommendations.
He will be in Washington, D.C. on November 22 as a member of the water panel at the annual Sigma Xi meeting (The Scientific Research Society).
Sootbusters to Hold Final Meeting to Prepare Testimony for Oakland City Council Meeting
On October 1, the West Oakland Soot Busters Project convened the workshop “Soot Buster Advocacy” with residents of West Oakland to develop advocacy tools and to practice their delivery. A final convening of the Soot Busters Project at the end of November/beginning of December will allow residents to prepare testimony for the December Oakland City Council meeting for the release of the City Auditor’s report. The workshop and coucil testimony are among the strategies residents came up with at the Oct 1st workshop to address the impacts of trucks in their neighborhoods.
Morrison Participates in Water Stewardship Certification and Voluntary Use of International Standards Meetings
On October 1-2, Program Director Jason Morrison participated in the third Australian Water Stewardship Forum, which was attended by some 60 people representing a range of interests, including primary agricultural producers; industrial, beverage, and processing interests; commercial and institutional water users; water suppliers and infrastructure providers; conservation groups, researchers, and scientists; the finance industry; and a range of state and federal government bodies. The stakeholder consultation focused on elements of the nascent water stewardship certification initiative including the conceptual framework for the stewardship standards and the verification and branding approaches. Read a summary of the event.
On October 15, Morrison attended a multi-stakeholder conference in Geneva, Switzerland focusing on government use of voluntary international standards. With the International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labelling Alliance (ISEAL) serving as the lead organizer, the event was structured around ten case studies exploring the ways governments rely on private standards initiatives to achieve policy objectives. Morrison served on a panel that evaluated governments’ various motivations for engaging in such initiatives. Click here to learn more about the event or to read the case studies.
Prakash Presents Impacts of Frieght Transportation on Asthma to Health Care Community
On October 30, Program Director Swati Prakash presented to an Asthma Peer Group of 100 physicians, pharmacists, and asthma care practitioners affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Her presentation focused on the impacts of freight transportation and diesel exhaust on asthma in Northern California, and the role that the healthcare community can play in supporting efforts to reduce these asthma impacts. View her presentation.
Cohen Speaks on Colorado River
On November 7, Senior Research Associate Michael Cohen participated on the panel “Colorado River: Peace on the River, But for How Long?” at the California Water Policy 18 conference in Pasadena, California. For more information, click here. On November 18-20, Cohen will participate in the Water Education Foundation’s “Coming Together: Coordination of Science and Restoration Activities for the Colorado River Ecosystem” symposium in Scottsdale, Arizona. For more information, click here.
Palaniappan Discusses Peak Water at Planning Association Conference
On November 6, Initiative Director Meena Palaniappan gave the keynote address on Peak Water at the Utah American Planning Association’s annual conference in Utah. She discussed the concept and possible definitions of “peak water,” how relevant this idea is to actual hydrologic and water management conditions, and the implications of limits on freshwater availability for human and ecosystem well-being. Her talk addressed a new paradigm for water management in the face of decreasing water availability — the soft path for water — which manages water resources for efficiency, productivity, and equity.
Project 12898 Holds Final Workshop
The final workshop for Project 12898 (freight transport impacts) will be held on November 20 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. in West Contra Costa County. Participants will prioritize the solutions developed by community residents to address the sources and impacts of trucks and trains in West County neighborhoods; decide on actions to take to move forward the priority solutions through Project 12898’s Solution Working Groups; and learn about tools, information, and resources that can support the working groups as they take action to move these solutions forward.