By Pete Stanga, Chief Operating Officer
May 24, 2013
I am proud to announce the launch of the new Pacific Institute blog, Pacific Institute Insights! It is our intention to make this blog a hub for conversations that lead to sustainable solutions in the areas of water management, corporate water stewardship, and economic and environmental justice.
At the Pacific Institute, we have long recognized that good science plays a critical role in creating positive change and sound policy. Key to the Institute’s mission is ensuring that the research which leads to best environmental management policy gets into the hands of those who need and can make the best use of it – from legislators to water districts to city councils to communities. Institute researchers make it a top priority to bring their work out to the people who need to know, and the launch of Pacific Institute Insights is an important vehicle for achieving this goal.
Over the past quarter of a century, the Institute has released more than 150 reports, books, articles, and technical tools, most available for free download on our recently upgraded website: www.pacinst.org. Our latest book, A Twenty-First Century U.S. Water Policy, released last year, was called “a blueprint for reform” by William K. Reilly, former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In the past year alone, we witnessed the culmination of a 16-year-long Pacific Institute effort to draw attention to the plight of the desiccated Colorado River delta. In addition, thanks in part to the work of Pacific Institute researchers, the California Water Commission approved new regulation to improve agricultural water measurement and pricing. We brought together leading practitioners from across the nation to further connect disadvantaged communities with green jobs in the water sector, and we helped move responsible water stewardship into the 21st century through our role as Secretariat of the UN CEO Water Mandate.
In the coming months, this blog space will be devoted to detailed conversations and critical analyses of such wide-ranging topics as desalination, water rates, business engagement with water policy, and tools for communities grappling with environmental justice issues from freight transport to resilience to climate-change impacts.
The Pacific Institute is celebrating 25 years of producing independent, science-based real solutions to the challenges of sustainably managing the world’s water, bringing forward the human right to water, providing practical sustainability insights to companies, and giving voice to communities working for equitable management of our most precious resources. I invite you to check back regularly for fresh perspectives on these important topics from Pacific Institute staff and other experts in the field, and feel free to share your observations by commenting on any of these blogs.