Water Stewardship Pioneer George Schuler Joins Pacific Institute as Deputy Head for CEO Water Mandate


Water Stewardship Pioneer George Schuler Joins Pacific Institute as Deputy Head for CEO Water Mandate

Water Stewardship Pioneer George Schuler Joins Pacific Institute as Deputy Head for CEO Water Mandate

New Leadership Role to Spearhead CEO Water Mandate’s Transformative Water Resilience Initiatives to Advance Progress on SDG 6

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, July 10, 2024 – The Pacific Institute, a US-based global water think tank, today announced that George Schuler has joined the organization as the new Deputy Head for the CEO Water Mandate. The CEO Water Mandate is a partnership between the UN Global Compact and the Pacific Institute to mobilize business leaders on advancing Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) – Clean water and sanitation. In this role, Schuler will drive future strategies of CEO Water Mandate to significantly advance progress on SDG 6 through corporate action during the years ahead. 

With nearly three decades of experience in water sustainability and management, Schuler is uniquely qualified to lead and expand the CEO Water Mandate and the Water Resilience Coalition. His remarkable track record includes directing multi-million dollar water programs and founding Water for Tomorrow Ventures, a startup focused on collaborative water strategies. His leadership in securing over $10 million in funding and spearheading innovative projects solidifies his role as an invaluable asset to the Pacific Institute’s mission. 

“George’s extensive experience and commitment to sustainable water management align perfectly with our goals at the Pacific Institute,” said Jason Morrison, President of the Pacific Institute and Head of CEO Water Mandate. “His visionary approach and leadership will be pivotal as we advance the CEO Water Mandate’s initiatives and strive to make a substantial impact on global water resilience.” 

Schuler’s career highlights include serving as Director of Water at The Nature Conservancy, where he initiated groundbreaking water sustainability projects and fostered collaborative management strategies. His expertise spans scientific research, program evaluation, and advocacy for responsible water use at an international level. 

“I am thrilled to join the Pacific Institute and contribute to transformative water resilience strategies for the CEO Water Mandate,” said Schuler. “The urgency of water sustainability has never been greater. I am enthusiastic about collaborating with the team to develop strategies that tackle existing challenges and ensure future preparedness.” 

George holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science from Allegheny College and a Master of Environmental Studies from Yale University. His role at the Pacific Institute will involve close collaboration with United Nations Global Compact and other key stakeholders to drive progress on SDG 6 and enhance water security globally. 

The Pacific Institute welcomes George Schuler to its team and looks forward to his leadership in making water resilience a reality across the globe. 

Learn more about George Schuler here.   

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About the Pacific Institute

Founded in 1987, the Pacific Institute is a global water think tank that combines science-based thought leadership with active outreach to influence local, national, and international efforts in developing sustainable water policies. From working with Fortune 500 companies to frontline communities, our mission is to create and advance solutions to the world’s most pressing water challenges. Since 2009, the Pacific Institute has also acted as co-secretariat for the CEO Water Mandate, a global commitment platform that mobilizes a critical mass of business leaders to address global water challenges through corporate water stewardship. For more information, visit pacinst.org.  

About the CEO Water Mandate 

The CEO Water Mandate is a partnership between the UN Global Compact and the Pacific Institute that mobilizes business leaders on water, sanitation, and the Sustainable Development Goals for corporate water stewardship. Mandate endorsers commit to continuous progress against six core elements (direct operations, supply chain and watershed management, collective action, public policy, community engagement, and transparency) and in so doing understand and manage their own water risks. Established in 2007, the CEO Water Mandate was created out of the acknowledgement that global water challenges create risk for a wide range of industry sectors, the public sector, local communities, and ecosystems alike. For more information, visit ceowatermandate.org. 

About the Water Resilience Coalition 

The Water Resilience Coalition is an industry-driven, CEO-led initiative of the CEO Water Mandate that aims to elevate the long-term mounting crisis of global water stress to the top of the corporate agenda and to preserve the world’s freshwater resources through collective action in water-stressed basins and ambitious, quantifiable commitments. Since the Coalition’s launch in 2020, 35 global companies across multiple sectors with a combined market cap of US$4.8 trillion and operations in more than 140 countries have joined the effort. For more information, visit ceowatermandate.org/resilience. 

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