AUGUST 2005 HEADLINES

New Report on Diesel Pollution Gains Traction

The recent release of “Deluged by Diesel: Healthy Solutions for West County” has garnered much media attention and support from a wide range of elected officials. The report, which details the extent of diesel pollution in Inner West County and presents an array of community-identified solutions, was released on July 18 and then presented to the San Pablo City Council. We are pleased that City Council members unanimously voted to support the recommendations in the study and bring together all levels of government to address the problem. Our presentation before the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors on July 26, was also successful: The Supervisors commended the study and unanimously voted to convene a working group of governments, agencies, residents, and businesses to begin to implement the report’s recommendations.

The report was covered by television stations KRON 4, CBS 5, ABC 7, and Telemundo; radio stations KQED, KGO, KPFA; and by the San Francisco Chronicle, the Contra Costa Times, and Chinese Language News.

The report is available without charge from our website.

Morrison Elected to Serve on ISO Social Responsibility Governing Body

As the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) continues to work on environmental and social standards, it becomes ever more critical that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have a voice. Furthering our work in this area, Jason Morrison was chosen by the NGOs participating in ISO’s Working Group on Social Responsibility to serve as one of two NGO representatives on the Working Group’s Chairman’s Advisory group. Morrison, the developed country representative, is joined by Paul Kapelus, Chief Executive Officer of the African Institute of Corporate Citizenship, who is intended to represent a developing country perspective. Morrison’s election to the CAG was preceded in late June by his being chosen to serve as the NGO representative on the six-person “expert” U.S. delegation to the ISO SR group.

What’s an ISO? New Standards Newsletter, FAQ and Fact Sheet Online

Our newest newsletter on international standards tracks ISO’s work developing critical environmental and social standards. And as we have predicted, ISO continues to expand the scope of its standards making and to broaden its influence on our society and environment. To help communicate to the wider public the significance of this evolution in the role of international standards, the INNI Secretary has developed a Frequently Asked Questions about ISO, which can be found on our website. We have also updated our INNI Fact Sheet, which summarizes how international standards affect our life, and why citizens and civil society groups need to get more involved.

The full INNI update is available online.

Gleick at ENN: Let the Real Climate Debate Begin –
Time to Focus on Solutions

The global warming debate is over — the Earth is warming because of human activities. So say 11 National Academies of Science from around the world together with virtually all of the world’s climate scientists and even most of major oil companies. And the American people, by an overwhelming majority, believe it’s time to take action.

Read the full column on ENN’s website.

 

UPCOMING

8/8/05, Water and Climate Change, [San Francisco, Calif.], Peter Gleick will present a briefing on climate change and water to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Citizens’ Advisory Committee.

8/11/05, Water and Climate Change, [Sacramento, Calif.], Peter Gleick will present invited testimony on climate change and water at a special hearing of the California Assembly Select Committee on Air and Water Quality, Fran Pavley, Chair.

8/17/05, Water Efficiency, [Sacramento, Calif.], Peter Gleick will summarize the Institute’s new High Efficiency scenario report at the Public Advisory Committee meeting of the California Department of Water Resources.

8/24/05, Water Efficiency, [San Diego, Calif.], Heather Cooley will participate in the 12th Annual California Urban Water Conference, “California and the Southwest — Looking to the Future.”

9/7/05, Science and Censorship, [Oakland, Calif.], Author Chris Mooney will discuss his new book, The Republican War on Science at the African American Museum and Library. More details on our website.


STAFF UPDATES

7/27/05, Emily Lee and Margaret Gordon hosted a meeting of the West Oakland Truck Route Work Group to move forward work on a proposed traffic study of the area. The Work Group will be taking a driving tour of the area with the Oakland Planning Department and CalTrans to identify alternative routes to connect West Grand to Emeryville.

7/26/05, Meena Palaniappan and our West Contra Costa County partners released the results of our study Deluged by Diesel in a presentation before the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors (see Headlines).

7/25/05 Meena Palaniappan, Emily Lee, and Margaret Gordon hosted a meeting of the Regional Ditching Dirty Diesel Collaborative to learn about goods movement, its impacts, and opportunities to protect public health as goods movement expands.

7/20/05, Meena Palaniappan participated in a meeting of the Port of Oakland’s truck advisory committee to provide oversight of the Port’s incentive program for the purchase of newer, cleaner trucks.

7/19/05, Meena Palaniappan, Emily Lee, and Margaret Gordon hosted a meeting to plan a campaign to reduce idling of diesel vehicles in the Bay Area.

7/19/05, Meena Palaniappan and Margaret Gordon met with the Alameda County Health Officer, Tony Iton, and other members of three health agencies in Alameda County to get agency support to protect the health of residents in West Oakland during clean-up and construction of new housing in the area, including the 16 and Wood Street Train station project.

7/18/05, Meena Palaniappan and our West Contra Costa County partners released the results of our study “Deluged by Diesel” before the San Pablo City Council.

7/14/05, Emily Lee and our West Contra Costa County partners released the results of our study “Deluged by Diesel” before the West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee.

7/12/05, Emily Lee and Margaret Gordon presented comments to the Oakland Public Works Committee to support a West Oakland truck route, which would designate routes to keep trucks away from residential areas. The Committee approved the route and sent it to City Council for its 1st reading on July 19th. After a second reading in September, the route will become a city ordinance.

7/7/05, Emily Lee participated in a meeting of the Trucks Workgroup of the West Oakland Toxic Reduction Collaborative, which brings together residents, agencies, and businesses to identify strategies to reduce pollution from trucks in West Oakland.

7/6/05 Emily Lee and Margaret Gordon hosted a meeting of the Healthy West Oakland Working Group, which is working to support the health concerns of community members around the 16th & Wood Street project while advocating for the use of clean construction methods during the 10-year project.

7/7/05, Meena Palaniappan co-chaired the Off-Road Workgroup of the West Oakland Toxic Reduction Collaborative, which brings together residents, agencies, and businesses to identify strategies to reduce pollution from non-road sources in West Oakland, including construction equipment, ships, and trains.

7/4-7/9/05, Peter Gleick participated in the Aspen Ideas Festival, giving three talks in two days, covering environmental security, the global water crisis, and the soft path for water.


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