November 2007

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Community WorkshopRichmond, Calif.
Concerned with problems related to trucks and trains in West County neighborhoods? If you live or work in West Contra County, you are invited to participate in a workshop to develop solutions for the environmental health impacts of freight transport. If interested, contact Catalina Garzón  or call (510) 251-1600 ext. 104.

Environmental Justice Panel
Oakland, Calif.
Swati Prakash will be presenting on a panel”Environmental Justice, Ports and Regional Planning” at the Blueprint Learning Network’s workshop, “Making It Real: Housing, Public Engagement, Environmental Justice and Blueprint Planning.”  The panel will also feature Dale Bonner, Secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing Agency. Click here  for more information.

Community Health Conference
Carson, Calif.
Swati Prakash will present information on worker and community health at the “Moving Forward” international conference. For more information, visit the conference website.

  Vegas’ Potential Water Savings No Mirage


Institute, WRA Release New Analysis


Hidden OasisThe Pacific Institute and Western Resource Advocates (WRA) report that Las Vegas Valley is sitting on an oasis of water and money savings. “Hidden Oasis: Water Conservation in Las Vegas” (available online), finds that single-family homes can cut their indoor and outdoor water use by 40% using proven, cost-effective methods. Researchers also found that through improving indoor water efficiency in particular, Las Vegas residents, casinos, and hotels can cut water-related energy use, energy costs, and greenhouse gas emissions.

“Las Vegas should capitalize on strategies that other Western cities have proven to be effective,” said Heather Cooley, report co-author and Pacific Institute Senior Associate. “In all, Las Vegas’ water agencies are sitting on a tremendous opportunity to help current and future water users save water, energy, and money.” Learn more.

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  Institute Applauds IPCC’s, Gore’s Nobel Prize

Climate-Peace Recognition ‘Long Deserved’


The presentation from the Nobel Committee of this year’s Peace Prize to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Vice President Al Gore has brought long deserved credit to the field of climate science.

The Pacific Institute applauds the Committee for bringing recognition to the extensive history of work by hundreds, if not thousands, of climate scientists who have worked to understand climatic change and raise public awareness.

“Climate change and resulting sea level rise are almost certain to bring new political tensions and conflict,” said Peter Gleick, co-founder and President of the Pacific Institute. “Understanding these changes can help us anticipate and prevent international and intranational environmental and social conflicts.”

Statement from Peter Gleick.



 Water and Climate Bibliography Updated
Institute Resource Surpasses 4,300 Entries

Water and Climate BibliographyThe Pacific Institute’s Water and Climate Bibliography has been updated and expanded. A comprehensive database of scientific literature pertaining to climate change and freshwater resources worldwide, the Bibliography now contains more than 4,300 entries.

Special thanks to Chris Nelson, a recent Monterey Institute of International Studies graduate and former Institute intern, for his research and effort updating the database.

Click here to visit the Water and Climate Bibliography.





Santa Clara, Calif. Chooses Tap over Bottled
Cites Institute Research
Santa Clara Water District PSAFor 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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 Pacific Institute Now Hiring
Openings for Program Associate, Intern

Pacific Institute LogoThe Pacific Institute is seeking a new full-time Program Associate to lead our Freight Transport, Community Health, and Environmental Justice Project (Freight Transport Justice Project).

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.



In Brief

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.