January 2008

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Community Workshop

Oakland, Calif.

West Oakland EIP and the Pacific Institute are sponsoring a West Oakland Soot Busters workshop to present the health impacts of Port of Oakland activities and discuss how residents can get involved in EIP’s organizing campaigns. For more information, contact Catalina Garzon.


Port Meeting

Oakland, Calif.

Swati Prakash will participate in a Port of Oakland Maritime Air Quality Improvement Plan stakeholder meeting. Stakeholders, especially West Oakland residents, are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Swati or click here.


DDD Meeting

The Ditching Dirty Diesel Collaborative will host its first general member meeting of 2008. Past members of Ditching Dirty Diesel or those who are interested in getting more involved are invited to learn the latest on the Collaborative’s successes, strategies, and efforts in the Bay Area to reduce diesel pollution in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. For more information, or to be added to the invitation list, email us.

  New Case Study Rinds Energy to Bottle Water High

Media Reports Underestimated Figure

Bottled waterIn a recently released case study, the Pacific Institute finds the energy costs of bottling water to be ten times higher than the figure widely circulated by the media.

In the surge of interest surrounding the environmental impacts of bottled water, numerous high-profile articles and editorials have reported that an estimated 1.5 million barrels of oil equivalent were needed to produce the bottles for annual U.S. bottled water consumption.

But according to Institute research, the actual amount of energy required just to manufacture the plastic bottles consumed by the U.S. in 2006 was the equivalent of 17 million barrels of oil–enough energy to fuel more than 1 million American cars and trucks for a year.

Download Bottled Water and Energy: Getting to 17 Million Barrels.

Read more on the resource requirements of bottled water in our factsheet.

  New Year Brings New Look To Institute Newsletter

Bulletin Features Latest in Standards News

INNI logoThe Pacific Institute’s quarterly online bulletin highlighting the latest information on international environmental and social standards has a new look.

Be up-to-date on the latest in standards development– subscribe to the International NGO Network on ISO (INNI) Online Bulletin.

Despite the new face, the bulletin still provides the latest on ISO’s Social Responsibility standards and standards development activities in the areas of water management, greenhouse gas emission, fair and ethical trade, green building and energy efficiency.

To learn more about how ISO and international standards affect environmental and social policy, visit the INNI website.

Email us to receive the latest in ISO standards news.


Career Opportunity

The Pacific Institute is seeking a full-time Communications Director to work to enhance the Institute’s effectiveness by promoting our work to the media, policymakers, academic and scientific communities, local communities, and the general public. For more information or to apply, click here.


In Brief

Workshop Develops Community Leadership Through Research Tools

Over 25 residents and community leaders from West Contra Costa County participated in a Dec. 10th workshop organized and facilitated by the West County Indicators Project. Aimed at building participants’ capacity for planning and implementing community research projects, this skills-based workshop provided knowledge on research tools such as community surveys, mapping, oral histories, and photovoice. For more information, contact Eli Moore or call (510) 251-1600 x123.

Recently-released Guide Informs Stakeholder Engagement in Corporate Reporting

In early December, the Facility Reporting Project (FRP) released its Guide to Stakeholder Engagement, designed to guide the planning and implementation of stakeholder engagement–a key aspect of industrial facilities’ sustainability reporting efforts.  With financial support from US EPA, the Guide provides a step-by-step process to inform facilities’ engagement activities, and best-practice case studies, tools, and practical tips to address challenges.   

Morrison Leads Training on Sustainability Reporting

On Dec. 12, Program Director Jason Morrison conducted the second Facility Reporting Project training on stakeholder engagement at New Hampshire Ball Bearings Inc.’s Chatsworth, California facility–one of nine facilities participating in Phase II of the US EPA-sponsored pilot project on comprehensive sustainability reporting and stakeholder engagement.

Institute Weighs in on Colorado River Water Plan

On Dec. 13, the Federal government adopted an agreement to share Colorado River water. Institute Research Associate Michael Cohen comments in the LA Times on the plan in light of our increasingly drier future.

Morrison Meets with New ISO Committee Secretary to Create Workplan

On Dec. 18, Jason Morrison visited the Canadian Standards Association headquarters in Toronto, Canada to meet with Kevin Boehmer, the new Secretary of ISO’s environmental management committee. The half-day meeting focused on developing a detailed workplan for improving civil society participation in the committee’s work in 2008 and beyond.

Gleick to Discuss Future Water Issues

On Jan 22, Peter Gleick will give a talk at Stanford University on “Troubled Water,” which will provide an outlook on critical water issues in the coming years.

Gleick to Talk Climate Change, Water Use at Law Conference

On Jan. 25, Peter Gleick will present a talk on climate change and water resources at the UCLA Law School Conference: “Changing Climates: Adapting Law and Policy to a Transforming World.” On the 26th, Gleick will participate in a conference panel on the “Reasonable Use of Water.”