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Pacific Institute’s Peter Gleick to Deliver National Academies’ Wolman Lecture

A Sustainable Vision for Water in the Twenty-First Century

(Oakland, Calif.)  Dr. Peter Gleick, co-founder and president of the Pacific Institute, will deliver the fifteenth Abel Wolman Distinguished Lecture of the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Research Council on April 23 in Washington, D.C. One of the world’s preeminent water experts, Dr. Gleick will speak on “A Sustainable Vision for Water in the Twenty-First Century.” In his talk, Gleick will urge for far greater efforts to address global water problems in the coming years.

“A sustainable world with clean water for all is attainable,” said Gleick. “Solutions to most of our water problems exist. The challenge now is to commit the time, money, and effort needed to apply these solutions.”

Based in Oakland, Calif., the Pacific Institute is one of the world’s leading research groups addressing global environment and development issues, especially in the area of freshwater resources. A 2003 MacArthur Fellow, Dr. Gleick conducts research and writes on the critical connections between water and human health, the hydrologic impacts of climate change, sustainable water use, privatization and globalization, and international conflicts over water resources. For information on the Pacific Institute, visit

Under the aegis of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering and the Institute of Medicine, the Water Science and Technology Board covers all aspects of water resources. Its Abel Wolman Distinguished Lecture was created in memory of Abel Wolman, an engineer, scientist, educator, and advocate for public health through improved water supply and sanitation.

The Wolman Distinguished Lecture on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at 4 pm is free and open to the public at the National Academies Keck Center in Washington, D.C.  For information, call 202-334-1945 or email

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Nancy Ross
Pacific Institute