Posted: February 26, 2003
Pacific Institute Researchers Win Business
Jason Morrison, Andrea Sumits Win Environmental Leadership Award
FOSTER CITY, CALIFORNIA -- With a growing population and a shrinking
pool of natural resources, California is faced with a quandary:
How can the state manage its resources, protect the environment,
and ensure equitable development? Jason Morrison and Andrea Sumits,
two researchers working on environmental sustainability issues,
were given the Silicon Valley Environmental Leadership Award today
for a report they authored that points the way to a more sustainable
"We hope this award will help bring more attention to both
the pressing environmental problems that California faces - and
the many creative environmental solutions that can help us protect
the environment and public health without harming the economy,"
said Jason Morrison, Director of the Pacific Institute's Economic
Globalization and the Environment program and co-author of the
"In the face of such daunting challenges, the good news
is that there are models, such as New Zealand's, from which we
can learn how to better integrate our social, environmental, and
economic goals and policies," added Andrea Sumits, an attorney
with Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. and co-author of the report.
"This report shows that innovative approaches to environmental
protection can benefit all stakeholder groups - government, business,
and the environmental community - and encourage a more effective,
efficient, and cooperative means of protecting the environment."
The report, "Creating a Framework for Sustainability in
California: Lessons Learned from the New Zealand Experience,"
details New Zealand's attempt to integrate environmental
protection and resource management with a "goals-based"
policy framework, and sets out the lessons California
can learn from New Zealand's experience. The report is
available online without charge at: http://www.pacinst.org/reports/sustainable_california/
In addition to their New Zealand research, the award recognizes
the husband-and-wife team of Morrison and Sumits for a variety
of other professional contributions to the environmental and business
community in the Silicon Valley region. Both have worked extensively
to promote multi-stakeholder approaches to policy innovation,
such as the use of environmental management systems to improve
The Silicon Valley Environmental Leadership Award is awarded
annually by the Pacific Industrial and Business Association (PIBA).
PIBA began giving out this award six years ago to "feature
those within the Greater Bay Area who have contributed to the
growth and excellence of environmental, health and safety, and
sustainability practices," said PIBA President Edward Quevedo.
"We are very excited to recognize Jason Morrison's and Andrea
Sumits' work," said Kathleen D. Podrasky, Executive Director
of PIBA. "Innovative approaches, like those detailed in the
report, can create a win-win-win for businesses, the environment
and public health."
The award was presented on Wed, 2/26/03 at 12:30pm, Crowne
Plaza Hotel, Foster City, 1221 Chess Drive in the Marco
Polo Room. The authors and PIBA officers will be available
for interview. If interested, contact PIBA at (650) 965-2436
or by e-mail: piba @ piba.org.