September 2007

20th Anniversary


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Water Is Key
Gordon Port Nomination
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Safe Water
Washington, D.C. 

Peter Gleick will participate in the release of a virtual exhibit exploring the lack of access to safe drinking water. Produced by the National Academy of Sciences’ Koshland Science Museum, Safe Drinking Water Is Essential can be viewed online.
West County Indicators
Richmond, Calif.

The Institute will facilitate the first of two community workshops for West Contra Costa County residents to document their experiences with the impacts of freight transport, their visions of community solutions, and their needs for information. If you live or work in West Contra Costa County, and are interested in attending, contact the Institute.


Port of Oakland
Oakland, Calif.

The third meeting of the task force providing input to the Port of Oakland’s Air Quality Improvement Plan will be held at 10a.m. at the Jack London Aquatic Center. Stakeholders, especially West Oakland residents, are welcome. For more information, contact us.

Pacific Institute to Celebrate 20th Anniversary

Envisions Sustainable Future 

20th Anniversary logoIn October, the Pacific Institute will celebrate twenty years of addressing local, national, and international problems in the fields of freshwater resources, climate change, environmental justice, and globalization. The think tank was founded in 1987 in Berkeley, California.


“For two decades, the Institute has been providing unbiased, innovative analysis and solutions to threats to sustainability,” said Peter Gleick, Institute President and co-founder. “The next 20 years will see new problems, but they will also see the continued dedication of the Pacific Institute to address these problems and provide sustainable world for all generations to come.”

In conjunction with the occasion, the Institute has released “The Pacific Institute: 20 Years Toward a Sustainable Planet,” which chronicles past accomplishments and shares our vision for the future. The 12-page, full-color report is available online (PDF). To request a hard-copy of the report, email Asha Nordwall or call 510-251-1600.


  Month-long Water Series Comes to End

Audio recordings of several of the talks, including those by the Pacific Institute’s Peter Gleick, Heather Cooley, and Meena Palaniappan, can be accessed at the Commonwealth Club website. Select video recordings are also available on Watch Gleick’s “Water in the 21st Century.”

Watch Cooley’s “The Nexus of Water, Energy, and Climate.”
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Recordings Available Online
Cool Clear WaterAlthough the month-long water series, Cool Clear Water, has come to an end, audio and video recordings of select lectures from the series are now available online.


Purchase Water Is Key or make a donation to Water in West Africa.The Fowler Museum exhibitwill be showing until November 25.

  New Book Illustrates Power of Water
Sales Benefit Water Initiatives
Water Is Key
Water Is Key, a new book of photographs by Gil Garcetti and edited by Peter Gleick, was released Sunday at the Fowler Museum at UCLA. The book release was in conjunction with the opening of Women, Water and Wells, an exhibition of selected photographs from Garcetti’s book.

The book, which illustrates the link between water and human health in West Africa, features essays by President Jimmy Carter, President Shirley Johnson-Sirleaf, President Mary Robinson, and former Secretary General of the UN Kofi Annan.

Although best known for his time as the Los Angeles County District Attorney, Garcetti is a celebrated urban photographer. Water Is Key is his fourth book of photography.
All proceeds from the sale of Water Is Key will benefit Water in West Africa, a campaign to help raise funds for safe-water initiatives in West Africa. This campaign is a collaboration between the Pacific Institute, Gil Garcetti and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.


Council to Vote on Gordon Committee Nomination
Port Appointment Would Be Historic


The Oakland City Council will vote next week whether to confirm Margaret Gordon to the Port of Oakland Board of Commissioners. If confirmed, Gordon would be the first community health expert to sit on the Commission.

Mayor Ron Dellums nominated Gordon for her expertise and experience in West Oakland community health issues, and the Port of Oakland in particular. Gordon is the West Oakland Environmental Indicator’s Project co-founder and co-coordinator and a contributing author of a report on the health impacts of freight transport.


“Margaret’s Port expertise is not currently represented on the Commission,” said Institute Program Director Swati Prakash. “Her confirmation will help the Port grow its profits in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.”

For more information, or to send letters of support, please contact Swati Prakash.



In Brief

Prakash Addresses EPA Justice Workshop

Oakland, Calif.

On September 6, Swati Prakash spoke on the “Community-Based Participatory Research” panel at the U.S. EPA’s Environmental Justice and Air Pollution Workshop: Best Practices in Collaboration, Tools, and Resources. This national workshop is designed to highlight best practices in collaborative approaches to reducing ambient air pollution in disproportionately burdened communities. For more information, contact the Institute.




West County Indicators Project Steering Committee Meets

Richmond, Calif.

Community leaders gathered on August 15 to select the neighborhood indicators the community will use to measure the progress of air quality, parks and public space, and other key issues. For more information, contact us.

Morrison Presents Fair Trade Findings

Tiel, Netherlands

At an August 29 International Fair Trade Association (IFAT) board meeting, Jason Morrison presented the findings and recommendations of a paper IFAT commissioned entitled, “Assessment of the Pros and Cons of an ISO Standard on Fair/Ethical Trade.” For more information, contact the Institute.


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