|Santa Clara, Calif. Chooses Tap over Bottled||Cites Institute Research|
|For the Santa Clara Water District, the recent resolution promoting tap water over bottled water was a clear choice–a choice largely bolstered by Pacific Institute research. The District’s recognition of the economic and environmental impacts of bottled water led them to ban the sale of bottled water in district facilities.
Incorporating Institute research into their marketing efforts, the District explains that consumers cannot ignore the impact of the production and consumption of bottled water on our resources and environment. We are glad to see sound science can lead to sound decision making.
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The project’s goal is to reduce the adverse health impacts of the movement of freight through California, particularly on low-income communities of color closest to freight transport hubs in the Bay Area. For more information or to apply, click here.
The Institute is also seeking a part-time intern to assist with a study quantifying the economic impacts of sea level rise on the California coast, including the areas at risk and the cost of protecting those areas. This study will provide critical information for Californian and national policymakers as they begin to evaluate the costs of unavoidable climate changes and adaptation strategies. Learn more.
World’s Water Crisis Hot Topic
While the Institute has long thought issues of the world’s water to be pressing, recent media attention seems to agree. The issues of global access to safe drinking water, water as a human right, and the impacts of climate change on U.S. western water have increasingly made their ways into the headlines, and call on the Institute’s expertise:
Gleick, Institute Receive UN ‘Global Citizen’ Award
The United Nations Association East Bay Chapter awarded the Pacific Institute and Institute co-founder and president Peter Gleick with a “Global Citizen Award” on Oct. 24. Presented at the UN’s 62nd Anniversary gala reception in Berkeley, California, the award recognized Gleick’s and the Institute’s achievements in engaging the public in climatic and resource challenges that affect global well-being and other UN goals.
Morrison Talks Water-related Business Risks with Int’l Paper
On Oct. 23, Pacific Institute Program Director Jason Morrison provided a briefing on global freshwater-related risks and opportunities to the Government Affairs Committee of International Paper in Hamilton Lake, N.Y. Learn more about corporate water risks.
Morrison Moderates Water-management Panel
At the Business for Social Responsibility’s annual conference on Oct. 24 in San Francisco, Jason Morrison moderated a panel entitled “At the Crest of a Wave: Building a Corporate Water Strategy.” The panel discussed companies’ practical experiences developing and implementing a strategic plan for managing their water footprint. More information on this topic can be found here.
Study Looks at Children’s Health in Africa
Commissioned by the London-based Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, Pacific Institute Senior Research Associate Meena Palaniappan and Research Associate Matthew Heberger recently completed a study that looks at how grant money for water, sanitation, and hygiene can most effectively improve children’s health and survival in Ethiopia and Malawi.
Prakash Testifies on Impacts of Port Trucking
On Oct. 16, Pacific Institute Program Director Swati Prakash testified on the community health and justice impacts of port trucking before the California Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment and Assembly Select Committee on Ports. View her testimony.
Institute Pledges To Choose Tap Over Bottled Water
In an effort to raise awareness of the unnecessary environmental impacts of bottled water, the Pacific Institute has joined others in pledging to Think Outside The Bottle. Click here to take the pledge.
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