OCTOBER 2004 HEADLINES

San Francisco
Climate Plan Taps Pacific Institute Research

With climate change accelerating and
the United States government paralyzed at the federal level, the
City of San Francisco released an aggressive Climate Action Plan
to combat global warming. The plan aims, by 2012, to bring San
Francisco’s green-house emissions down to 20 percent below 1990
levels. At a September 27 press conference, attended by Mayor
Gavin Newsom and staff from the city’s Department of the Environment
and Public Utilities Commission, Dr. Peter Gleick made the case
that climate change will have severe impacts for San Francisco
and the Bay Area — unless we begin to take action. The San Francisco
Climate Action Plan also includes a map the Pacific Institute
created of areas around the Bay that are vulnerable to flooding
from rising sea levels.

The San Francisco Climate Action Plan
is available online.

Institute
Co-Hosts Meeting on New Environmental Management and Reporting
Standards

Ceres, Tellus Institute, and the Pacific
Institute co-hosted a multi-stakeholder focus group meeting in
San Francisco in mid-September to gain feedback on two complementary
reporting tools. The tools will help organizations achieve improved
economic, environmental, and social performance and communicate
this information to stakeholders.

The two guidance documents discussed
were the Draft
Facility Sustainability Reporting Guidance
, issued by the
Facility Reporting Project, and the External
Value Environmental Management System Voluntary Guidance: Getting
Value by Addressing Stakeholder Needs
(PDF), issued by the
Multi-State Working Group on Environmental Performance.

UPCOMING

10/7/04, West Oakland Community Health Survey
Release
[West Oakland, Calif.], The health survey release
will take place at the Prescott Joseph Center, 920 Peralta, from
6:30 to 8:30 pm. Info: Emily Lee, 510-251-1600 or elee @ pacinst.org.

10/19/04, Nevada Water Resources Association
– Southern Nevada Symposium
[Las Vegas, NV], Michael Cohen
will participate on a panel entitled “Path Forward for Sustainability
of Southern Nevada’s Water Resources,” and on an overview
panel of the questions that have been discussed throughout the
symposium. Info online.

11/17/04, The World’s Water 2004-2005 Book
Release
[Washington, D.C.], The Pacific Institute and Island
Press will release the new edition of The World’s Water at the
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Info: Ian Hart,
510-251-1600 or ihart @ pacinst.org

11/18-11/19/04, POWER Conference [Los
Angeles, CA], Michael Cohen will discuss Colorado River basin
drought conditions and solutions on two different panels. Dr.
Gary Wolff will present his paper, “Economies of Scale and
Scope in River Basin Management,” to the Watershed Management
panel. Info online.


STAFF UPDATES

9/28/04, Dr. Peter Gleick gave a
talk to UC Berkeley’s Introduction to Environmental Studies taught by
Professor Robert Haas and Garrison Sposito.

9/24-9/25/04, Staff from the Pacific
Institute’s Community Strategies for Sustainability and Justice

program participated in the First Annual Environmental Justice
Summit in Richmond, Calif. Panelists included activists from the greater
Bay Area and representatives from state and local regulatory agencies.
Margaret Gordon from the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project
presented the organization’s past accomplishments and the new collaborative
process with US EPA.

9/23/04, The Community Strategies for
Sustainability and Justice (CSSJ) program
provided comments to the
Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s new region-wide Ozone plan
at a community meeting in Richmond, Calif. The plan includes a new rule
to control refinery flaring as well as model ordinance for the enforcement
of diesel truck idling restriction in the Bay area’s cities and counties.
The District also presented their new Community Air Risk Evaluation
(CARE) program, which will assess the health risk from toxic air contamination
in the Bay Area. The CSSJ program will continue to monitor the progress
of the CARE program as it is implemented.

9/22/04, Margaret Gordon and Emily Lee
attended and helped coordinate a West Oakland Environmental Indicators
Project Committee Meeting at the West Oakland Senior Center. Committee
members gave feedback on a city-proposed truck route for West Oakland
and EIP Co-Chair, Allen Edson, presented new data on lead.

9/21/04, Emily Lee and Margaret Gordon attended the Alameda County
Pilot Stakeholder Meeting, which presented health-tracking data on traffic
pollution in Alameda County. Ms. Gordon gave a presentation on the West
Oakland Environmental Indicators Project’s efforts to fight traffic
pollution in West Oakland.

9/20-9/21/04, Jason Morrison attended
the kickoff meeting of the UNEP-led Sustainable Development Best Practices
Network (BPN) initiative. Held in Paris, the meeting was attended by
representatives of UNEP and sustainable development experts from around
the world. The meeting focused on developing a common set of priorities
for the BPN and defining the role of the different sectors represented.
Once launched, the BPN will focus on sharing and building knowledge
relating to sustainable development.

9/10/04, Dr. Peter Gleick attended
the United Nations Environment Programme’s GEO-4 Meeting in Washington
D.C.

9/9/04, Michael Cohen organized and
participated in a Salton Sea Coalition meeting held in San Diego. At
the meeting two of the most prominent Salton Sea rehabilitation alternatives
were described by their proponents, and reviewed by Coalition members.

9/8/04, Michael Cohen participated
in the California Department of Water Resources Salton Sea Advisory
Committee meeting held in San Diego.


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