Critical Issues in Environmental Sustainability and Justice are Focus of New Pacific Institute Website and Blog

May 29, 2013, Oakland, California: The Pacific Institute, celebrating 25 years as one of the leading nonprofit research organizations advancing solutions in environmental protection, economic development, and social equity, has launched a new, updated website at www.pacinst.org highlighting critical issues of the world’s water and environmental and social justice.

The new site provides information, publications, and resources and tools focused on eleven critical Issue Areas: 1) The Human Right to Water; 2) Sustainable Water Management, Local to Global; 3) Corporate Water Stewardship; 4) Environmental Health and Justice; 5) Empowering People and Communities; 6) Climate Change Vulnerability and Resilience; 7) Water and Poverty; 8) Water and Conflict; 9) Water-Energy Nexus; 10) Water, Food, and Agriculture; 11) Economic Justice and the Green Economy.

A key feature of the new website is a searchable Publications Directory, where users can find Pacific Institute research reports, articles, fact sheets, books, and more searching by simple key words, or narrowed down by issues and programs. Another exciting new feature is the new Pacific Institute blog, Pacific Institute Insights. The blog with posts authored by Institute staff and featured guest bloggers will be devoted to detailed conversations and critical analyses on such wide-ranging topics as desalination, water rates, business engagement with water policy, and community adaptation to climate-change impacts. Institute researchers have made it a top priority to bring their work to the people and policymakers who need to know. The launch of Pacific Institute Insights is an important vehicle for achieving this goal.

“Our vision is of a world where the basic needs of all people are met, where resources are managed sustainably and the natural world protected, and where conflicts over resources are resolved in a peaceful and democratic fashion,” said Peter Gleick, president and co-founder of the Pacific Institute. “The research we do is collaborative and brings together stakeholders at multiple levels. We release trapped knowledge, turning information that once circulated only among researchers and experts into data, concepts, and tools that decision-makers – from the household and community level to government and international coalitions – can use to tackle key challenges. Our new website and blog makes this research more accessible and searchable than ever before. And it’s all free!”

Over the past quarter century, the Pacific Institute has released more than 150 reports, books, articles, and technical tools, from seminal studies on water conservation and efficiency, to participatory research to create and sustain healthy and thriving neighborhood environments, to reports identifying sustainable business practices and strengthening business stakeholders’ ability to hold companies accountable to public concerns.

The Pacific Institute website is a key tool making vital information available to decision makers, with research reports downloaded more than 1.6 million times last year. From community strategies like the new Climate Change Survivor activity workbook to widely cited work on sustainable water management, both urban and agricultural, and from technical tools for utilities to evaluate the energy and greenhouse gas implications of water management decisions, to best practices guides for corporate water stewardship, the Institute’s research at www.pacinst.org  is used around the world.

The Pacific Institute is one of the world’s leading independent nonprofit research organizations working to create a healthier planet and sustainable communities. Based in Oakland, Calif., the Institute conducts interdisciplinary research and partners with stakeholders to produce solutions that advance environmental protection, economic development, and social equity – in California, nationally, and internationally. www.pacinst.org.