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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, International, International Peace & Security, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

Mission: The Pacific Institute creates and advances solutions to the world’s most pressing water challenges.

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.

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am always dismayed when credible and transparent organizations are assaulted with baseless charges by anonymous posters who disagree with the work done by the Pacific Institute. It is my experience that commenters like the one who challenged the Institute on its transparency and leveled defamatory claims, are simply substituting ideology for knowledge. Knowledge, in this particular case, available on the very website he or she disparaged. Critics who defame with no facts or evidence are merely frightened that science will force them to recant long-held beliefs. Changing their minds may not be possible. To concurrent studies had concluded that some people are so ignorant that they don't know they are ignorant.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Pacific Institute brings solid science and rigorous research methods to matters related to the human use of water. Their research covering impacts on local communities ranges from the US to communities in places like Indonesia. At the other end of the spectrum, they are involved in helping some of the world's largest multinationals to become better stewards of water resources. I have been a board member for many years, and I am continually impressed by the innovative approaches the Institute takes to these cruicially important issues. But they are not just detached researchers. To the person, the staff wants to make the world a better place, and they work tirelessly to support change in the right direction.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As an impacted resident of West Oakland, Pacific Institute as been in the front of many "think tank institute" which has reach out to all sort of people to train and education the power of research and data collection. Water issues have been a the PI primary work, this organization has supported the underserved people with information and knowledge base more so that local, state and federal government to positive change most needy communities. Thank you Pacific Institute.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been formally affiliated with the Pacific Institute for three years but aware of its outstanding contribution to understanding global water issues and the challenge of fostering a sustainable and equitable planet for well over a decade. The core strength of the Institute is its capacity to do innovative research in the context of human values--serving all humanity. The work has policy and community impact --achieving all three (research, policy, community impact) at the highest standard.

The organization is well run, collaborative, fiscally conservative and responsible, and creative in program design and goals.

The Pacific Institute is a model for non-profit research organizations desiring to make an impact.

Joan Diamond

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I collaborated with the Pacific Institute (PI) for ten years as a senior governmental environmental official in California. PI was one of the first credible voices supporting multi-issue sustainability thinking. They continue to support these ideas through local and international programs. Now as a Board member I have come to appreciate an incredibly talented staff and an inspired leader in Peter Gleick. In a time populated with anti-science and anti-knowledge voices, the work of PI has become even more valuable

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cette organisation mériterait d'être plus reconnue de par le monde, car elle pourrait permettre de faire prendre conscience de l'importance de l'eau aujourd'hui. Il est essentiel de comprendre que si rien n'est fait maintenant, les répercussions seront dramatiques pour les générations futures.
Les rapports de Pacific Institute méritent donc cette reconnaissance non seulement en Californie, mais aussi en Europe (d'où je viens) et de par le monde.
Continuez votre très bon travail!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Pacific Institute's work in the international communities have empowered women and increased access to clean water for several communities in India, etc. Their collaboration with other sustainable non-profits abroad deepens the understanding and knowledge gained from community surveys and they continue to be one of the world's leading green non-profits in the water sector. Kudos to them, keep up the good work PI!

SolarBear

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

With water shortages becoming more prevalent in developing areas, it has become crucial to find real-world solutions to these issues. Pacific Institute has already helped reduce water stress in low-income communities and has become a key part of leading the world into a new era of sustainability. Despite their small team, they have reached around the world to recommend solutions and took aim an correcting environmental injustice. I'm highly pleased with the work that Pacific Institute has accomplished and continues to accomplish to create a more sustainable environment for our world.