October 2021
Join the Pacific Institute at COP 26!
Join the Pacific Institute this November at COP26! The international climate change summit will bring together people, governments, businesses, and NGOs from around the globe to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

In its role as Co-Secretariat for the CEO Water Mandate, the Pacific Institute will be an active participant at COP26, held in hybrid style both virtually and in-person in Glasgow. The CEO Water Mandate, an initiative of the UN Global Compact focused on corporate water stewardship, will lead several sessions as part of the COP26 Water Pavilion. With the understanding that water and climate are inseparably linked, the diverse agenda will explore solutions to the world's most pressing water challenges.

View the program lineup here and look out for specific session details closer to the date.
Featured Op-Ed: Happy New Water Year — Californians Have to Face Some Difficult Wet Season Truths
By Dr. Peter Gleick, President Emeritus
"Will the next water year be wet or dry? We don’t know," writes Dr. Gleick. "We can only watch the weather patterns swirl and shift, the storms form, move and dissipate. But we can do far more than that to actively prepare California’s water system for whatever shapes up over the Pacific..."

Read more here.
Update from the CEO Water Mandate: Water Resilience Coalition Partners with Race to Resilience
The Pacific Institute is Co-Secretariat of the CEO Water Mandate, a UN Global Compact initiative that mobilizes business leaders to take action on water, sanitation, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
On October 1st, the CEO Water Mandate's Water Resilience Coalition proudly announced its partnership with the UN-backed Race to Resilience. The Race to Resilience and the Water Resilience Coalition are poised to mobilize the private sector to accelerate progress towards climate and water resilience for over four billion people by 2050.

Learn more here.
Imagining a Day Without Water
October 21st is Imagine a Day Without Water, a campaign to bring people together to highlight the essential value of water in America. Did you know more than two million Americans lack running water and indoor plumbing, and millions more can’t afford basic water service? To make matters worse, the economic crisis precipitated by COVID-19 caused unemployment in the U.S. to increase, putting more people at risk of being unable to pay for water. How can the U.S. expand access to this vital resource and make it more resilient to future shocks?

Explore the Pacific Institute's research and recommendations to increase water availability and resilience here.
Upcoming Briefings, Webinars, and Events
October 21 I Water for a Growing Bay Area

Join Pacific Institute Senior Researcher Dr. Anne Thebo and SPUR Director of Sustainability and Resilience Policy Dr. Laura Feinstein for a deep dive into how the San Francisco Bay Area can save water and simultaneously surpass its growth expectations.

October 21 I 12:30pm PT
Language: English
Learn more and register here.

OCT 25-28 I VERGE 21: The Climate Tech Event

What if we could harness nature’s services to replace traditional concrete-and-steel water infrastructure? Join Pacific Institute Senior Researcher Dr. Gregg Brill and more than 10,000 leaders from the private and public sectors, utilities, solution providers, investors, and startups. The sessions will focus on advancing systemic solutions to address the climate crisis through five key markets: clean energy, sustainable mobility, carbon removal, regenerative food systems, and resilient infrastructure.

Date: October 25-28
Language: English
Learn more and register here.

OCT 31-NOV 12 I COP26

The CEO Water Mandate will host a number of sessions in the COP26 Water Pavilion. The diverse agenda will address the world's most pressing water challenges, from nature-based solutions and water, sanitation, and hygiene to water resilience and public-private partnerships.

Date: October 31-November 12
Language: English
Learn more and register here.
Help Build a Resilient Water Future
Whether clean water at the tap, irrigation for farming, or healthy lakes, rivers, and streams for recreation, wildlife, and thriving ecosystems, we need clean, safe, affordable, and reliable water now and for future generations.

At the Pacific Institute, we believe our mission – to create and advance solutions to the world’s most pressing water challenges – has never been more critical.

Right now, we have an incredible opportunity to accelerate our water resilience work before the end of the year. Between now and December 31st, Pacific Institute Board members have generously offered to match all contributions, dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000!

Please help leverage the impact of this matching gift offer by making the most generous gift you can today. Your investment will have twice the impact to help build a water resilient future. Thank you!
Pacific Institute in the News
The Hill: Water Usage in Southern California Increased, Despite Newsom’s Call to Cut Back: Data 

Bloomberg: A Tiny Piece of Plastic is Helping Farmers Use Far Less Water

E&E News: Could LA Water Recycling Be a Miracle for Parched West?

Yale Climate Connections: What Role for Small Modular Nuclear Reactors in Combating Climate Change?

Read more news featuring Pacific Institute research and experts here.
In Case You Missed It: Recent Webinars and Briefings
Help create and advance solutions to the world’s most pressing water challenges.