Since 1997, the China Environment Forum has implemented projects, workshops, and exchanges that bring together U.S., Chinese, and other environmental policy experts to explore the most imperative environmental and sustainable development issues in China and to examine opportunities for business, governmental, and nongovernmental communities to collaboratively address these issues.

The networks built and knowledge gathered through meetings, publications, and research activities have established CEF as one of the most reliable sources for China-environment information and given CEF the capacity to undertake long-term and specialized projects on topics such as building new U.S.-China energy and climate networks, the water-energy nexus in China, environmental governance, food safety, water management, nongovernmental organization development, environmental justice, and municipal financing for environmental infrastructure.

Established by Congress in 1968 as a living memorial to the 28th President of the United States, the Wilson Center tackles critical global challenges by providing an essential bridge between policymaking and actionable ideas drawn from the world’s finest research, analysis, and nonpartisan dialogue.

CEF currently has three primary topical focus areas:

1. Cooperative Competitors Building US-China Clean Energy Networks CEF brings together U.S. and Chinese energy experts to identify obstacles and opportunities for joint research, investments, and policy collaboration around renewables, cleaner coal, and energy efficiency. Over the past two years we have emphasized alternative energy and governance reforms that can help reduce China’s dependence on coal and improve air quality. Our work on natural gas, solar, and clean energy investment flows between the two countries has catalyzed new research and policy discussions.

2. Choke Point: China Addressing Water-Energy-Food Confrontations In partnership with multimedia reporting NGO Circle of Blue, CEF creates stories, infographics, and videos that illustrate the intensifying confrontation between growing energy demand, food needs, and declining freshwater supplies in China. Our Choke Point work informed the creation of a water-energy track under the landmark 2014 U.S.-China Climate and Clean Energy Agreement. The Choke Point model received the 2012 Rockefeller Foundation Centennial Innovation Award.

3. From Farm to Roundtable Engaging on Food Safety and Supply Chain Management For years China has been rocked by a series of food safety scandals—from melamine-laced milk to spoiled meat and cadmium-contaminated rice. Since 2009, CEF has conducted a series of workshops and research exchanges with food safety practitioners from China and the U.S. with the aim of better informing business, government, and NGOs on the shared food safety challenges. Our food safety articles and infographics have been featured in Politico, Forbes, and chinadialogue. We aim to identify opportunities for cooperative partnerships to set new global norms for food safety and supply chain management.

For the past two years, China Environment Forum meetings, research, and publication activities have been supported by Skoll Global Threats Fund, Vermont Law School, The Walt Disney Company, USAID, Hewlett Foundation, Blue Moon Fund, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Energy Foundation.