4/27, Forty climate scientists, including Peter Gleick, spent the day meeting with California legislators to discuss climate science. They were some of the more than 500 California scientists who signed a letter calling on the Governor and state legislature to act on climate change. Info is online.
4/27, The Pacific Institute and our local partners hosted a meeting to present the results of our diesel pollution study and identify solutions to the problem. The meeting was a great success, with participants coming up with a range of innovative solutions, including developing green barriers between train tracks and homes, and reducing idling on the Richmond Parkway. These ideas will presented as part of a final report being created by the Institute and local groups, which we hope will catalyze the community, local agencies, and businesses to solve this pressing problem.
4/26, Pacific Institute staff co-hosted a meeting with the Ditching Dirty Diesel Collaborative to craft a regional diesel agenda.
4/25, Peter Gleick testified in favor of AB1365 in the California Assembly. This bill, which passed out of committee 8 to 1, calls on California to adopt greenhouse gas targets in the state planning priorities.
4/23, Emily Lee and Margaret Gordon gave a presentation on West Oakland's environmental health issues and related legislation at a legislative training for community members. The workshop helped residents in Richmond and West Oakland prepare for the upcoming legislative trainings in Sacramento hosted by the Environmental Health Legislative Working Group on May 23-24. For more information, contact Alisha Deen at alisha (at) ejwatercoaltion.org.
4/22, Meena Palaniappan presented a talk on "Improving Urban Water Access" at the Technology, Innovation and Learning in Developing Economies Conference co-hosted by the United Nations and the University of California Berkeley.
4/20-4/22, Margaret Gordon gave a presentation on environmental justice to the Center for Disease Control's 2nd Annual National Environmental Public Health Tracking Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
4/18, Peter Gleick lectured on the Soft Path to Water at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee.
4/15, Meena Palaniappan attended a the meeting of the Port of Oakland Technical Review Panel to identify ways to quickly and effectively spend Port settlement funds to replace older trucks.
4/12, Jason Morrison gave a guest lecture to Naomi Roht-Arriaza's environmental law class at the University of California, Hastings School of Law. Morrison's discussion with the second and third-year students focused on industry uptake of ISO 14000 and more generally on voluntary international environmental standards and certification.
4/7, Peter Gleick gave the opening keynote presentation at the University of Nebraska's conference on "Water Management and Policy: Increasing Competition for a Scarce Resource."
4/7, Pacific Institute and the West Oakland EIP hosted a meeting with City staff, community residents, and truckers to discuss implementation of a West Oakland truck route to reduce residents' exposure to diesel pollution. The draft truck route is expected to go to Oakland City Council in July and has been presented at numerous events and meetings to get feedback from all stakeholders. Info: Emily Lee, 510-251-1600 or elee (at) pacinst.org.
4/6, Nicholas Cain gave a presentation on the global water crisis to the Berkeley City Club as part of the Foreign Policy Association's Great Decisions series.
4/4-4/5, in Atlanta, Georgia, Jason Morrison attended the semi-annual meeting of the the national mirror body to ISO Technical Committee 207 - Environmental Management. At the meeting, the group approved a vastly revamped version of its operating procedures, which among other things, now emphasizes stakeholder balance in governance and decision-making. Approval of the revised procedures was a victory for Morrison and the Institute, who spearheaded the task force charged with revising them over the last year.
4/4, Emily Lee and Margaret Gordon attended a meeting to discuss the West Oakland Health Survey. In May, the West Oakland Health Collaborative plans to present the results of the survey and obtain support from County health agencies on ways to address health issues in West Oakland.
4/3-4/5, Peter Gleick was a Zucker
Fellow at Yale University and gave a series of lectures, including a
public lecture on Water and U.S. Foreign Policy.
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