Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security

Research for people and planet

aka Pacific Institute   |   Oakland, CA   |  www.pacinst.org

Mission

The Pacific Institute's mission is to create and advance solutions to the world’s most pressing water challenges. Our vision is to create a world in which society, the economy, and the environment have the water they need to thrive now and in the future. Since 1987, we have worked with everyone from Fortune 500 companies to disenfranchised communities to Identify solutions and develop recommendations for sensible water policies that benefit people and nature.

Ruling year info

1988

President

Mr. Jason Morrison

Main address

344 20th Street

Oakland, CA 94612 USA

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EIN

94-3050434

NTEE code info

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (U05)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (W05)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Water is one of our most precious and valuable natural resources. Yet, more than two million Americans, and hundreds of millions living in developing countries lack reliable and safe running water. The lack of basic water and sanitation threatens global health and economic prosperity, a fact that has become more evident in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the importance of water, we are over-exploiting and degrading it at an alarming rate due to unsustainable growth and development,  pollution, and reliance on outdated and inadequate policies and institutions. Climate change is exacerbating these challenges necessitating a shift in how water is used and managed. Key climate threats include increases in temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns and the frequency and intensity of extreme events, and rising sea levels affecting the availability, quality, and demand for water, as well as infrastructure operations and ultimately the quality of water. Bold action is needed.

Our programs

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Climate and Water

Climate change is fundamentally altering the hydrologic cycle, from changes in extreme droughts and floods, to melting snow and ice, to impacts on water quality and disadvantaged communities. The Pacific Institute assesses climate change’s impacts on water, identifies climate adaptation strategies, and offers ways to incorporate climate and water issues into water planning and management.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Today, the UN estimates 2.1 billion people still lack access to safe drinking water and 4.5 billion people lack safely managed sanitation services. The Pacific Institute focuses on expanding universal access to sanitation and safe and affordable water, working with governments, community organizations, and businesses to advance the 2030 UN sustainable development goals of meeting water, sanitation, and hygiene targets for all, worldwide.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Companies around the world increasingly recognize that the world’s water challenges pose significant risks to communities, ecosystems, and their own operations. They also acknowledge that they have an important role to play in advancing water security by managing their water use and wastewater discharge, engaging in collective action and responsible water governance discussions, and contributing to increased access to water, sanitation, and hygiene. Through its water stewardship projects and work with the UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate, the Pacific Institute encourages companies around the world to commit to water stewardship action.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The world’s freshwater resources are under increasing threat from the impacts of climate change, population growth, and pollution. As the global population grows, a persistent challenge is how to access enough water to meet humanity’s needs while also preserving the integrity of aquatic ecosystems. The Pacific Institute works on water resource issues around the globe, collaborating with stakeholders to ensure communities and nature have the water they need to thrive now and in the future.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Fifty-five percent of the world’s population lives in cities, and that number is expected to grow. With increasing urbanization, the need and opportunity for cities to innovate toward water solutions is growing. The Pacific Institute is at the forefront of exploring sustainable water solutions for urban centers around the world, demonstrating the value of water-use efficiency and alternative water supplies, including rainwater, stormwater, and water reuse. We are fostering resilience by advancing integrated and inclusive water systems that ensure water sustainability for cities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Agriculture uses approximately 70% of the world’s freshwater supply, and water managers are under mounting pressure to produce more food and fibre for a growing population while also reducing water waste and pollution and responding to a changing climate. The Pacific Institute conducts research and works with innovative agricultural partners to identify and scale strategies to improve water management and ensure a vibrant agricultural system and food security for current and future generations.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

2011 United States Water Prize Recipient 2011

Clean Water America Alliance

2009 Region 9 Award for Environmental Excellence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2009

US EPA

2009 American Water Resources Association's "Csallany Award" 2009

American Water Resources Associations

2005 Excellence Award for Statewide/Institutional Innovations 2005

California Urban Water Conservation Council

2007 Top Environmental Achievement Awards for Freshwater Protection and Restoration 2007

Environment Now Foundation

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Rising greenhouse gas concentrations are causing large-scale changes to the Earth’s climate. Water and climate are inextricably linked, and the movement of water is the primary process by which energy is redistributed around the planet. Rising temperatures intensify the water cycle, altering water availability, timing, quality, and demand. All the major national and international climate assessments have concluded that water is among the most vulnerable sectors of society.

Building on over thirty years of innovative research and thought leadership to create and advance solutions to the world's most pressing water challenges, and in response to this mounting crisis, the Pacific Institute is significantly accelerating and scaling our reach and impact. In 2019, we adopted a new strategic focus and for the first time in our history have an organizational goal to catalyze the transformation to water resilience in the face of climate change. The Pacific Institute has aligned our 2030 timeline with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) #6 and #13 on water and climate, respectively. Three anchor strategies will guide our work over the next ten years: (1) Elevate the profile of water to convey a sense of urgency and inspire action; (2) Empower leaders to adopt innovative solutions and transformative technologies; and (3) Scale proven successes through policy and partnerships.

There remains a fundamental gap when exploring the links between water and climate – the potential for water strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. There is an immense and underappreciated opportunity for water systems to make a significant contribution to climate mitigation through strategies that can also improve the resilience of water systems. The anticipated outcomes will be developed for replication and application across the U.S., and eventually globally. The outcomes have broad implications and impacts for water managers, making the case for shifting water policy toward water efficiency and circular water management approaches rather than antiquated linear water management models. Social-economic implications from these outcomes include clean, safe, and affordable water for human health and sanitation, particularly for marginalized communities.

Because water is deeply connected to human and ecological health and economic prosperity; this work provides benefits to people and nature alike. While addressing the imperative that water systems must adapt to climate change, the Institute will simultaneously seek to maximize the promising yet largely underappreciated climate mitigation opportunities that resilient water systems can provide. Collaborating with partners across all sectors, the Institute is well-positioned to elevate the profile of water.

Over the next decade, the Institute will pursue the following core strategies to accelerate the transformation to resilient water systems:

Elevate the profile of water to convey a sense of urgency and inspire action. There is a dire need to elevate the profile of water to motivate political will, and that can be done by drawing connections between water, climate, and other critical societal issues, such as improved health, economic well-being, and education. More specifically, we will elevate the profile of water by:

-Building decision makers’ understanding of the value of water and the social, economic, and environmental imperative of climate-resilient water systems.
-Drawing connections between greenhouse gas reduction goals adopted by governments and the private sector, and the opportunities to achieve those goals with approaches that simultaneously advance water resilience.
-Utilizing high-profile extreme weather events to inform decision makers and the public of the opportunities to transform toward resilient water systems in the face of climate change.

Empower leaders to adopt innovative solutions and transformative technologies. Transforming to water resilience requires governments, the private sector, and civil society to take bold, innovative actions that disrupt dysfunctional water systems. Through research and collaborative approaches, and applying a sustainability lens, we will identify innovative solutions and technologies, along with ways to overcome barriers associated with their adoption. We will empower leaders to advance climate-resilient water systems by:

-Providing actionable data and information on climate adaptation and mitigation strategies for water systems to improve decision making.
-Partnering with leaders from government, the private sector, and civil society to pioneer innovative adaptation and mitigation approaches relating to water.
-Elucidating the “return on investment” for water security and climate resilience, leveraging the entrepreneurial orientation and economic might of the business community.

Scale proven successes through policy and partnerships. Leading-edge technology and innovative solutions to water challenges are being successfully implemented in communities around the world, from onsite water reuse systems in San Francisco to innovative co-financing of nature-based solutions in Ecuador. We will identify, showcase, and replicate policies, technologies, and practices proven to be successful by:

-Advocating for public and corporate policies and programs that simultaneously optimize climate mitigation and adaptation outcomes for water systems.
Developing and/or hosting online tools and platforms that drive action and/or foster peer learning and capacity building for key stakeholder groups.
-Fostering multi-benefit models and financing solutions that overcome barriers to investment in water systems, and that accelerate the transition to a climate-resilient future.

The Pacific Institute is uniquely positioned to advance water resilience in the face of climate change.

Known and trusted entity: We speak to and are trusted by a wide range of stakeholders, whether it be water managers, businesses, intergovernmental agencies like the United Nations, non-profit organizations, or community groups. For more than 30 years, we have produced transformative, cutting-edge research and analysis targeting each of those audiences. We are a world-renowned thought leader on the issues of water and climate.

Technical expertise: Our expertise covers many dimensions of water, such as social equity, aquatic ecosystems, corporate water stewardship, and integrated water resource management. Since its founding, the Institute has played a leading role in analyzing and communicating the links between water, energy, and climate, globally and in the western US. Because the Institute works at the local, national, and international scales, we are uniquely positioned to “cross pollinate” best practices across geographies.

Deeply committed: We are deeply committed to achieving sustainable and climate resilient water systems. We fundamentally believe that achieving these ambitious outcomes is within reach, if society collectively elevates its efforts.

Strong partnerships and networks: We have long-standing partnerships and extensive local, national, and international networks to amplify the impacts of our work. For example, in our twelve-year role as Co-Secretariat of the CEO Water Mandate, we have access to UN member agencies and the largest corporate sustainability network in the world. Other notable networks include the Global Urban Water Security Network and the Business Alliance on Water and Climate. Moreover, the Pacific Institute has staff around the world, including in the United States, Brazil, South Africa, and Australia.

Since 1987, the Pacific Institute has played a lead role in analysing and communicating the connections between water, energy, and climate change. Our mission is to create and advance solutions to the world’s most pressing water challenges. We have received several awards in recognition of our impact, including: 

-First Lifetime Achievement Award for Water Conservation from the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards Program (2013) 
-Partners in Conservation Award from the Department of the Interior (2009 and 2012) 
-First U.S. Water Prize from the US Water Alliance (2011) 
-Region 9 Award for Environmental Excellence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2009) 

Our work is grounded in research and sound science, drawing on disciplines ranging from climatology to environmental engineering and hydrology. Freshwater challenges are characterized by complex interdependencies, and effective solutions are beyond the scope of a single discipline or area of research. Collaborative partnerships with a range of stakeholders – from Fortune 500 companies and United Nations agencies to disenfranchised communities – are core to our approach and allow us to focus on science-based solutions that achieve shared goals.

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Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security

Board of directors
as of 8/25/2021
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Board chair

Tony Stayner

No Affiliation

Term: 2018 - 2021

Peter Gleick

Pacific Institute

Corey Goodman

venBio Partners LLC

Sanjeev Chadha

Drummond Pike

Ultra Capital

Paul Traina

Kate Gasner

WSO

Sally Liu

Jennifer McFarlane

Gavin Power

PIMPCO

John Thacher

Wilbur-Ellis

Nancy White

TomKat Charitable Trust

Marielle Villar Martiney

Good Old Lower East Side

Organizational demographics

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