JANUARY 2005 HEADLINES

Gleick Op-Ed in San Francisco Chronicle

The nations hit hardest by the recent tsunami face months if
not years of rebuilding. But after those efforts wind down, areas
of Asia and Africa will still face a serious water crisis that
every year kills far more people than even the terrible tsunami
disaster. An opinion essay by the Pacific Institute’s President,
Dr. Peter H. Gleick, makes the case that the United States, and
other nations, should greatly increase long-term funding for water
and sanitation projects to the region.

The essay, published in the January 5 edition of the San Francisco
Chronicle, is now available on our
website
.

Top 10 Stories for 2004: Business
Risks of Water

In other media news, the Pacific Institute was honored that our
recent report on the business
risks of water
was included in GreenBiz founder Joel Makower’s
top-ten list of 2004 stories. “Water Becomes a Business Issue”
was the number three story of 2004 according to Mr.
Makower’s list
.

Institute Launches Pilot Project to
Provide Public Access to Draft ISO Standards

As the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) continues
to create new standards in the areas of corporate social responsibility
and environmental management, the ability of the public and NGOs
to participate becomes increasingly important. In an effort to
improve public access to such standards, the Pacific Institute
has reached a landmark agreement with ISO that makes draft ISO
standards publicly available on the Institute’s INNI website.
The agreement creates a one-year pilot project that will conclude
with a Pacific Institute report to ISO that tabulates downloads
and evaluates lessons learned during the project.

“This agreement is a landmark victory for public interest
organizations,” said Jason Morrison, Director of the Institute’s
Economic Globalization and the Environment Program and Secretary
for the International NGO Network on ISO (INNI), “because
it is ISO’s first recognition that as it moves into these new
areas of social and environmental standardization, it faces a
higher bar in terms of transparency and public accountability.”

The ISO Draft International Standards are available from the
Pacific Institute’s INNI
website
.

ISO Approves Workplan to Improve NGO
Participation

As a recent
report
by the Pacific Institute demonstrated, consultants
and standards bureaucrats — along with industry — dominate the
membership of the International Organization for Standardization’s
(ISO) environmental management committee, Technical Committee
207. In part because of this, there has been growing recognition
that ISO must bring more non-governmental organizations into the
fold and in mid-December the national member bodies of TC 207
voted by a large margin to support Phase I of a workplan that
seeks to enhance NGO involvement in the forum.

Key elements include establishing attendance metrics to track
participation at TC 207 meetings according to stakeholder groups
and compiling examples of successful efforts at the national level
to incorporate the views of NGOs.

The work plan, developed by a task group chaired by Jason Morrison
of the Institute and consisting of NGOs and representatives of
the committee’s leadership, will be implemented over the course
of 2005 and is available
online
.

UPCOMING

1/20/04, Environmental Indicators Project
(EIP) meeting [Oakland, Calif.] will include presentation of the
EPA-EIP Air Toxics Collaborative and EIP’s new organizational
structure. 1485 14th St., Jubilee West Community Center, 6:00
to 8:30 pm. Info: Margaret Gordon at margaretgordon (at) sbcglobal.net
or (510) 251-1600.

2/16/04, West Oakland Health Survey Meeting [Oakland, Calif.],
2:00 to 4:00 pm. Agenda will include feedback on outreach fundraising
and next steps for a larger survey. To receive a copy of the survey
results or for more information, contact Emily Lee at elee (at)
pacinst.org or (510) 251-1600.

Book
Updates

Slides from Peter Gleick’s
presentation, a summary by the Woodrow Wilson Center,
and PDFs of the introduction and first chapter have
all been added to our World
Water 2004-2005 page.


STAFF UPDATES

12/14/04, Margaret
Gordon
attended a planning meeting of the California Environmental
Health Tracking Project Consortium.

12/13/04. Margaret Gordon and Emily Lee attended
a meeting of the Social Equity Caucus. An Election 2004 Debrief Panel
and Discussion was held, and the Caucus presented and discussed campaign
priorities for 2005.

12/13/04, Margaret Gordon met with West Coast
Diesel Emission Reduction Collaborative staff of EPA Region 9 and members
of the Diesel Convening.

12/8-12/9/04, Margaret Gordon presented the
Land Use and Conflict breakout session for the Faster Freight-Clear
Air EXPO.

12/7/04, Peter Gleick was interviewed by the
Canadian Broadcasting Company on US-Canadian conflicts over water.

12/6/04, Peter Gleick did an interview with
ABC Radio of Australia on water and conflict in the 21st Century.

12/3/04, Staff from the Community Strategies Program
and EIP
helped to organize the first follow-up meeting for the “Ditching
Dirty Diesel” conference held on 10/1/04. Participants reconvened
to discuss topics including residential truck routes, ports, idling,
and publicly-owned or contracted fleets. For more information, contact
Emily Lee at elee (at) pacinst.org.

12/2/04, Margaret Gordon and Emily Lee attended
a meeting of the Transportation Justice Working Group, a sub-committee
of the Social Equity Caucus.

12/1/04, Peter Gleick was appointed to the
newly formed United Nations-Sigma Xi Scientific Expert Group on Climate
Change and Sustainable Development.


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