World Water Day 2017, Drinking Fountains and Public Health, and More

Latest News and Updates from the Pacific Institute 
March 2017
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New Release: Drinking Fountains and Public Health 
The new Pacific Institute report Drinking Fountains and Public Health: Improving National Water Infrastructure to Rebuild Trust and Ensure Access investigates the disappearance of public drinking fountains in the U.S. It finds that concerns over cleanliness and potential disease transmission are factors in the decline, but the problem is larger than the water fountains themselves. 

Read more here

Read the blog post “National Water Infrastructure Efforts Must Expand Access to Public Drinking Fountains,” by Peter Gleick and Rapichan Phurisamban, here.
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Your Support Funds Solutions on World Water Day

Tomorrow we celebrate World Water Day and this year the Pacific Institute’s 30th anniversary knowing much more must be done to help the estimated 663 million people around the world who lack access to clean water. With your contribution to the Pacific Institute, we will chart pathways for collaborative local solutions that ensure people and nature have the water they need to thrive.

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Peter Gleick Awarded Ecological Society of America’s Sustainability Science Award 
The Sustainability Science Award recognizes the authors of the scholarly work that makes the greatest contribution to the emerging science of ecosystem and regional sustainability through the integration of ecological and social sciences.

Read more here
Update from Circle of Blue
An Affiliate of the Pacific Institute
On Wednesday, March 22, World Water Day, join an exceptional group of people from every walk of life and every corner of the globe for an extraordinary exchange of ideas around the global water crisis.

Peter Gleick will speak, along with other scientists, inspirational speakers, youth, and business leaders. 

Read more about this event here. The event will be live streamed from the Vatican hereVisit Circle of Blue’s website here. 
In Brief
Pacific Institute Experts’ Outreach

World Water Day 2017 in South Africa
Future Outreach 

On March 22, President Jason Morrison will attend UN-Water’s World Water Day Summit and Expo in Durban, South Africa. The theme of this year’s World Water Day is “Wastewater: The Untapped Resource.” Jason will serve as a panelist in a session entitled “Water Reuse and Resource Recovery: Best Practices, Innovation and Capacity Development.” 

Read more about this event here.
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Empowering Civil Society to Improve Business Respect for Water and Sanitation Access in India
Future Outreach  

On April 25, along with the Freshwater Action Network South Asia the Pacific Institute will co-host a workshop entitled “Empowering Civil Society to Improve Business Respect for the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation” in New Delhi, India. The workshop will convene 25 representatives of Indian-based civil society organizations to learn how to use the United Nations CEO Water Mandate’s Guidance for Companies on Respecting the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation in their ongoing engagements with companies in India.
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Water Affordability in California
Past Outreach   


On February 8, Senior Research Associate Laura Feinstein presented on a water affordability panel for the State Water Resources Control Board in Sacramento, California, where she provided input on a potential plan to offer bill discounts to low-income water customers in California.

Read the full list of Pacific Institute experts’ past outreach here.
In the News
Pacific Institute Staff Help Shape Water Debates

The New York Times: California Today: Why the State’s Biggest Lake Is Dying

Los Angeles Times: State Unveils a 10-year Plan to Restore Habitat and Control Toxic Dust Storms Along the Salton Sea’s Receding Shorelines

The Verge: California’s Huge Storms Still Haven’t Ended the Drought’s Impacts

The Huffington Post: California’s Wild Climate Will Only Get More Volatile As Temperatures Rise

Read more news stories and op-eds featuring the Pacific Institute here
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