– Pacific Institute Accepting Applications for Diversity for Sustainability Internship
The Pacific Institute announces the inaugural year of its Diversity for Sustainability Internship Program, part of the Institute’s commitment to furthering diverse perspectives both in our own work and in the critical fields of environmental sustainability and social justice. The paid program for undergrads or non-students with relevant life experience will bring emerging environmental leaders from a variety of backgrounds to work under the mentorship of knowledgeable research staff at our Oakland office. Interns will develop a deeper understanding of and hands-on experience with fundamental skills for environmental research and outreach and have the opportunity to make connections for their future success. Applications will be accepted through March 28. For details and application requirements, click here.
– Juliet Christian-Smith, senior research associate, spoke in Rome, Italy on February 24 at the GreenAccord’s Study Day on Water. The event was held to inform citizens about water resource challenges and governance strategies. Italians will be voting on a national referendum to privatize water in the coming months.
– Heather Cooley, co-director of the Water Program, presented on the Institute’s work in Oakland on adaptation to climate change at a California Energy Commission meeting on February 18.
– Peter Gleick, president, gave a talk at Case Western Reserve University on February 16 on peak water. Dr. Gleick also spoke at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting on February 18. His first talk was a tribute to Dr. Stephen Schneider, climatologist and Stanford professor who passed away late in 2010. Dr. Gleick also gave a presentation on “21st Century Water: Understanding Spatial and Temporal Telecoupling.”
On February 24, Peter Gleick gave the keynote address “The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water” at the 2011 Tanner Center Conference: Water, Conflict, and Human Rights — Emerging Challenges and Solutions at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Gleick kicked off March by giving a lecture on “21st Century Water Challenges” for The Edgerton Lecture Series at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA . You can listen to his talk here.
– Eli Moore, co-director of the Community Strategies for Sustainability and Justice Program, gave testimony to the United Nations Independent Expert on the human right to water in Sacramento, Calif. on February 28. Mr. Moore presented the Institute’s research on contamination of drinking water in California and gave recommendations for sustainable solutions to protect public health.
– Jason Morrison, director of the Globalization Program, attended a consultation with the Institute for Human Rights and Business on February 8-9 in association with the Kenyan National Commission on Human Rights in Naivasha, Kenya. A group of experts drawn from academia, civil society, business, international organizations, and governments explored the issue of access to land, water, and food within a business and human rights context.
Mr. Morrison also attended a workshop on Scaling Up the Impacts of the Voluntary Standards Movement in Bern, Switzerland on February 13-14. The meeting brought together a broad group of key stakeholders from members of the ISEAL Alliance to provide input and feedback to ensure that standards systems realize their potential in achieving social justice and ecological sustainability worldwide.
– Meena Palaniappan, director of the Institute’s International Water and Communities Initiative, and Peter Schulte, research associate, attended a meeting on developing an Online Platform for Development Aid hosted by Skoll Global Threats Fund and Akvo on February 15. Ms. Palaniappan also hosted a meeting with the co-directors of Akvo, an on-line water and sanitation portal, on February 16.
– Meena Palaniappan and Misha Hutchings, research associate, organized and attended project management team meetings on February 7 and 21 for the Institute’s Indonesia Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Mobile Phone project (WASH SMS). During the meetings, the team approved the project management structure, discussed selection of pilot communities, and moved forward to select a cloud service for the project library and communications hub.
– Peter Schulte, research associate, also participated on a stakeholder panel initiated by the Jesuit Conference on February 3 and discussed Bunge Ltd.’s water performance and reporting. Mr. Schulte also met with representatives from various American and Japanese Hitachi companies on February 23 to discuss water-related business risks and stewardship responses at Hitachi America’s offices in Brisbane, CA.