Dr. Peter Gleick Awarded 2019 BMI Prize for Strategic Global Challenge of Fresh Water

April 30th, Oakland, California – The Pacific Institute is delighted to announced that Dr. Peter Gleick, Co-Founder and President Emeritus, is the winner of the 2019 BMI Prize for the Strategic Global Challenge of Fresh Water. The Prize is awarded by the Boris Mints Institute (BMI) for Strategic Policy Solutions to Global Challenges, part of the Gershon H. Gordon Faculty of Social Sciences at Tel Aviv University, and includes a $100,000 prize, which is given

to an exceptional individual who has devoted his/her research and academic life to the solution of a strategic global challenge, and whose research, public action, and ideas had transformative impacts on global policy formation and a proven contribution to the welfare of a significant number of communities worldwide.

The prize money is committed to an institute of the recipient’s choosing. Dr. Gleick has chosen the Pacific Institute as recipient of the 2019 prize funds. Twenty percent of these funds will go directly to support young research scholars.

Dr. Gleick said, “I’m thrilled to receive this honor from BMI, which recognizes the critical nature of our global water challenges and the progress that can be made by integrating research, strategic solutions, and innovative progressive policy. I look forward to continuing to work with the next generation of researchers and scholars to advance real solutions to water challenges.”

“Furthermore, I’m delighted to bring these funds to the Pacific Institute to continue our work on finding and implementing sustainable solutions to our global water problems.”


The Boris Mints Institute was founded to encourage research, planning, and innovative thinking to promote significant positive change in the world. BMI is focusing on finding strategic feasible solutions to provide strategic plans and innovative projects to enhance the welfare of communities around the globe. Previous BMI Prize laureates of 2017 (for sustainable development) and 2018 (for agriculture) were Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University and Professor Michael Kremer of Harvard University, respectively.

Founded in 1987, the Pacific Institute is a global water sustainability think tank that combines science-based thought leadership with active outreach to influence local, national, and international efforts in developing sustainable water policies. Our mission is to create and advance solutions to the world’s most pressing water challenges. From working with Fortune 500 companies to disenfranchised communities, we lead local, national, and international efforts in developing sustainable water policies and delivering meaningful results.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Olson, Communications Manager at the Pacific Institute, at (510) 251-1600 ext. 117 or rolson@pacinst.org.