Sustainable Goods Movement Symposium

A Two-Day Symposium Emphasizing the Issues and Solutions Associated with the Movement of Goods in Southern California


November 21-22, 2013

Our Mission

The mission of the Palm Springs Institute for Environmental Sustainability is to improve the quality of life in the Coachella Valley through research, education, and advocacy on issues pertaining to environmental sustainability.

Our Vision

The Palm Springs Institute for Environmental Sustainability will be the premier community partnership for providing research data, consumer information, and practical recommendations regarding quality of life through environmental sustainability in the Coachella Valley.

Primary Goals:

  • Procure funding for air quality monitoring
  • Expand on current educational outreach to public schools
  • Prioritize environmental factors that negatively affect quality of life in Coachella Valley
  • Present a public awareness workshop to emphasize the five major areas in the IES proposal
  • Include more community members and/or leaders in IES planning
  • Emphasize the effect of air quality on human health
  • Avoid duplication and emphasize collaboration among environmental entities in CV
  • Emphasize public outreach

The World Commission on Environment and Development (1987), also known as the Brundtland Commission, defined sustainable development as that which "meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs." One revision of this definition is attributed to the State of Oregon: "Sustainability means using, developing, and protecting resources at a rate and in a manner that enables people to meet their current needs and also provides that future generations can meet their own needs.... Sustainability requires simultaneously meeting environmental, economic, and community needs."

World Commission on Environment and Development (1987). Our common future. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

We are quite proud of the Palm Desert Health Sciences Building for being one of the most environmentally sound buildings in the Coachella Valley. It is a LEED Gold certified building and is constructed out of recycled materials.