Pacific Institute to Join Global Leaders at High-Level Events During UN General Assembly & Climate Week in New York

The 78th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) presents a powerful opportunity to mobilize action on the global water crisis.

Building on momentum from the UN 2023 Water Conference, the Pacific Institute will join business leaders, public servants, change makers, and civil society representatives from all over the world.

Join us in New York City between September 17 and 21. The week includes Climate Week, the SDG Summit, and the Private Sector Forum among many others.

UN Global Compact Leaders' Summit

Date: September 19, 2023

Time: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM ET

Location: The Nest Climate Campus, 5th Floor of the Javits Center North

CEO Water Mandate Annual General Meeting

Date: September 20, 2023

Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM ET

Location: The Yale Club, 50 Vanderbilt Avenue

Corporate Water Stewardship Half-Day Event

Date: September 20, 2023 

Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET

Location: The Yale Club, 50 Vanderbilt Avenue & Livestreamed on LinkedIn


Pacific Institute Features Stories of Impact in Recently Launched Impact Report

This week, the Pacific Institute launched its inaugural Impact Report titled, "Advancing Water Resilience 35 Years and Beyond." The report highlights stories and data illustrating the outcomes and impacts of our work influencing policies, convening stakeholders, and sharing science-based solutions to the world's most pressing water challenges.



Pacific Institute and AMP Insights to Host Webinar on Co-Funding Water Stewardship Projects

On October 2, the Pacific Institute and AMP Insights will host a webinar titled "Co-Funding Water Stewardship Projects in the Colorado River Basin." This interactive session aims to foster a dialogue on co-funding strategies that advance sustainable water management.

In an era marked by water scarcity and a call for responsible corporate citizenship, the question arises: how can corporations contribute meaningfully to sustainable water management in critical areas like the Colorado River Basin? Register for this webinar for insightful perspectives and roundtable discussions on this pressing issue.


Pacific Institute Innovative Toilet Leak-Detection Program Expands to Phoenix, Arizona

This month, Pacific Institute Senior Researcher Cora Snyder played a pivotal role in launching the toilet leak-detection program in Phoenix, Arizona. She was joined by Mayor Kate Gallego of the City of Phoenix, Troy Hayes of Phoenix Water Services, KaLena Downton of Procter & Gamble, Nicholas Benz of Sensor Industries, and Sara Hoversten of Bonneville Environmental Foundation.

This event showcased the installation of cutting-edge leak detection sensors in an affordable housing community. The collaboration is one of many in partnership with the Pacific Institute. 


Water Resilience Coalition Making Positive Impact in Brazil

Pacific Institute team members André Villaça Ramalho and Giuliana Chaves Moreira collaborated with colleagues from The Nature Conservancy, the Pacto Global da ONU no Brasil, and the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEBDS). They participated in a field activity at the Jaguatibaia Association for Environmental Protection.


This hands-on experience allowed the team to witness the transformative impact of the Bacias & Florestas program in the city of Jaguatibaia. This project, one of many, driven in the PCJ Watersheds through the Water Resilience Coalition, aims to engage more local companies to amplify the impact of local actions through collective efforts.


New Pacific Institute Guide Offers Benefit Accounting of Nature-Based Solutions for Watersheds

A Nature Conservancy report suggests that Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) can tackle up to 37% of our climate targets. Yet, quantifying and maximizing the benefits of NBS remains elusive to many. 


Introducing Pacific Institute newly launched guide, "The Benefit Accounting of Nature-Based Solutions for Watersheds Guide." Co-developed with the CEO Water MandateThe Nature Conservancy, LimnoTech, and denkstatt, this guide serves as a comprehensive tool to understand, account for, and measure the multifaceted benefits of NBS. 



Pacific Institute Senior Fellow and Co-Founder to Spotlight 'Rethinking Water 2023' with Keynote Address

On September 19, Pacific Institute Senior Fellow and Co-Founder Dr. Peter Gleick will be featured at the Rethinking Water Conference 2023 as the keynote speaker. This event is hosted by Columbia Water Center and Sciens Water. It serves as a nexus for finance, academia, government, and industry leaders to collaboratively address the most pressing water challenges in the United States.


Pacific Institute Senior Researcher to Highlight Multi-Benefit Land Use Planning at 2023 Colorado Planning Conference

On September 28, Pacific Institute Senior Researcher of Public Policy & Practice Uptake, Shannon Spurlock, will be presenting “Using a Multi-Benefit Approach in Land Use Planning” at the 2023 Colorado Planning Conference.

APA Colorado hosts an annual conference in the fall of each year. This conference is the premier learning and networking event for planners in Colorado.


Pacific Institute to Host Science and the Salton Sea Webinar

On September 28, the Pacific Institute will host a distinguished panel of experts for a robust 90-minute conversation about the role of science in Salton Sea planning.

The State of California is working to improve conditions around the Salton Sea, with the goal of constructing 30,000 acres of projects to suppress dust from exposed lakebeds, create habitats for fish and birds, and develop a long-term plan for the Sea. This webinar will explore the role of science in the state’s Salton Sea restoration planning and management efforts.


Pacific Institute Director of Research to Present on California's Water Supply at Politifest

On October 7, Pacific Institute Director of Research Heather Cooley will be participating in a panel at Politifiest focused on California’s water supply.

This event brings together prominent political leaders, policy experts and thought leaders to explore this year’s dual themes: the social, political and economic implications of the growing housing emergency and the potential water crisis facing our region.


Pacific Institute to Co-Host California Water Resilience Forum

On October 11, the Pacific Institute, the World Environment Center, the CEO Water Mandate, and the Water Resilience Coalition will host an important and timely forum on California's Water Future in Sacramento, California.

The goal of this event is to create a space where public and private sector leaders can share successes and experiences in water management and inspire further partnerships and action.


Recap: Salton Sea Public Health Webinar

This month, Pacific Institute Senior Researcher Michael Cohen convened a distinguished panel of experts on lithium extraction in the Salton Sea region.

Participants gained an improved understanding of lithium extraction, including the importance of lithium for battery production, meeting California’s climate goals, the economic potential for the region, and the concerns of local residents about the proposed development.


Recap: Pacific Institute Researchers Present at WaterPalooza!

On September 13-14, Pacific Institute Senior Fellow and Co-Founder Dr. Peter Gleick and Senior Researchers Cora Snyder and Michael Cohen were featured at this year’s WaterPalooza!

Cora Snyder presented on, "Tapping Potential: The MFH Toilet Leak Detection Project," Michael Cohen presented on "Water Bodies: The Salton Sea & the Colorado River" and Dr. Peter Gleick presented on his new book, "The Three Ages of Water."



The world's most influential media outlets frequently turn to the Pacific Institute to provide expert, science-based insights on water challenges and solutions. Here are just a few of the media highlights from the past month.

Arizona Central

Phoenix Launches Toilet Leak Detection Pilot Program to Save Water, Lower Water Bills


California Lawmakers Move to Ban Irrigation of Some Decorative Lawns

E&E News

Can Alfalfa Survive a Fight Over Colorado River Water?


Salton Sea Obligations Cited in Letter as Government Formulates Colorado River Plan

Los Angeles Times

Hilary Highlights California’s Missed Opportunities for Rainwater Capture

Los Angeles Times

Sweeping California Water Conservation Rules Could Force Big Cuts in Some Areas

The Washington Post

Ancient Flood Myths Were a Warning: Heed the Power of Water

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