PACIFIC INSTITUTE FOR STUDIES IN DEVELOPMENT ENVIRONMENT AND SECURI

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Location: 654 13th St Preservation Park Oakland CA 94612 USA

Mission: The Pacific Institute, recognizing that problems of environmental health, economic development and security are interrelated, seeks solutions that incorporate principles of sustainability and equity. Our goal is practical, useful strategies that are proven in communities.
Target demographics: Policy makers, the public,
Geographic areas served: Global
Programs: Water & Sustainability: Finding better ways to manage freshwater so that everyone has access to clean, safe water; Community Strategies for Sustainability and Justice: Our own community based projects, combining policy research with community organizing in an Oakland neighborhood and pulling 50+ grassroots organizations into a coalition, through which they can speak for their own interests in the Calfed water project.
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I've been a Trustee for a 501(c)3 charity for 10 years, have studied 100s of Form 990s for dozens of charities, including Pacific Institute I've heard Peter Gleick speak and followed his work, which earned him membership in the National Academy of Sciences. Pacific Institute is a well-run, especially-transparent charity that does what it says it does and does very useful things. On the other hand, the January 13 appearance of bjwallace2 might have something to do with a January 12 attack on Gleick by James M. Taylor, featured on the first page: "Global warming alarmist Peter Gleick picked a fight with Heartland at Forbes.com. Our James M. Taylor bloodies Gleick's nose with his rebuttal column at the same publication." That's http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamestaylor/2012/01/12/please-global-warming-alarmists-stop-denying-climate-change-and-science/ Taylor trained as a lawyer, not a scientist. Heartland has been funded by tobacco and petroleum companies and especially conservative family foundations, none of whom are keen about funding transparency.

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All financials, federal tax forms, the independent audit, and complete list of donors are posted on their website.

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Pacific institute is a great resource tool for my sustainability class because it provided me with inifnite amount of information on the conservation of water use in businesses practices and personal use. I've read many of the articles posted on the website and have cited many of the excerpts from multiple publications in my report. The publications were very well-detailed and concise, giving the readers a sense of urgency to demand change in the way we use water. I would definitely recommend this website to anyone who wants to know more about water conservation and how it can change our lives for the better.

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my responses from my teacher after having read my reports.

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stay out of their way and let them keep rolling.

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The Pacific Institute is one of the most well-known and respected sources of environment and sustainable development research and policy analysis. Pacific Institutes' legislative role is absolutely vital as a non-biased source to inform the public and the private sector of their impact on the environment. With many needed changes in the world, Pacific Institute is created SPECIFICALLY to help find SOLUTIONS for environmental injustices, especially when the affected communities' (such as the Central Californians affected by the nitrate contamination in their drinking water) voices aren't being heard. THANK YOU Pacific Institute.

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becoming informed about environmental injustices such as the nitrate contamination in the San Joaquin Valley, and taking own strides to reduce personal water use and to inform others of these issues.

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increase federal funding so PI will be able to maintain unbiased, reliable reports without having to rely on private funding.

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A study from the Pacific Institute was shown to me by a friend recently and it made me think twice about just assuming tap water in California was perfectly safe. The study, "Human Costs of Nitrate-contaminated Drinking Water in the San Joaquin Valley," really opened my eyes as to what is happening in our state and the detrimental conditions some counties in California have to endure. Having both family and friends littered throughout the San Joaquin Valley, I've made sure to share this invaluable study to all my loved ones who still call the middle of California home so that they may also be aware and take the precautions necessary to lead healthier lives.

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Making sure that my friends and family take the steps they need to make their water safer!

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Not do anything, they're doing a GREAT job.

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The Institute is the operating arm of the CEO water mandate (agenda by the UN Global Compact) and continues to be one of the most influential standards-setting bodies in the International Organization for Standardization. Their influence in Corporate Accountability Standards has pushed water to the forefront of many global companies. Reducing water by the millions of gallons? Yes please! They definitely deserve recognition for their work greening the corporate world.

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By pushing for conservation across the board, we continue to have a reliable supply of water.

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Change nothing, keep pushing hard!

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The Pacific Institute is making great strides in informing the public about the importance of water conservation and treatment. Living in California for most of my life, I never truly had to worry about drought affecting my daily activities. Since following Pacific Institute on Facebook, I have learned many scientifically backed truths about water that impact the public. For example, the article for efficiency against desalination really struck a chord, because it just makes sense scientifically and economically. Peter Gleick's efforts in exposing problems in our water supply are indispensable. This information is essential for public knowledge to help preserve our water so that we can continue to have 'quality and quantity' for generations to come. I am glad we have this great non-profit to watch our backs.

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Tips from their postings have helped me conserve water in my household.

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It's hard to see anything wrong about this organization, but if there were something to change I would increase exposure to the public so more people would be informed.

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The Pacific Institute continues to be a thought leader on issues of water, particularly in CA. Their report on the 2010 waterbond provided evidence necessary for legislators to effectively plan out CA water management and reassess proposed policies. The people who work here approach water management in a meticulous and non-partisan way, working to improve and sustain CA water for future generations. Enjoy and appreciate their work!

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Their in-depth independent analysis of legislation impacts all of CA residents.

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Give them all a raise for all the great work they do.

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The work the Community Strategies Program has done in West Oakland and the Contra Costa County has positively affected the health and sustainability of these communities. The CSSJ Program's combined effort with other environmental advocacy and social justice groups has provided the resources to educate community members and make changes in Freight Transport regulations and policy. Thanks for cleaning up the neighborhood!

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I became familiar with the Pacific Institute in 2010 when working on a research paper regarding water quality in California. PI's work became a reoccurring reference for me, and I was impressed (and envious) of their robust research. President Peter Gleick is a leader in the field, and I am happy to know that his team is dedicated to protecting our most precious resource.

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The excellent data I received from their work.

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