Vermont Law School's U.S.-China Partnership in Environmental Law—together with the Woodrow Wilson Center's China Environment Forum, Sun-Yatsun University, and the Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims—was awarded a federal grant in fall 2009 to support a U.S.-China exchange program for young professionals working on environmental justice issues.

Funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State, the educational and cultural exchange will provide leadership training opportunities to 18 Chinese and American women and men, particularly members of minority groups, who are active in environmental justice efforts. Participants in the summer 2010 program will jointly examine the environmental burdens, including climate change impacts, on minority communities and low-income populations in the U.S. and China and will be mentored in designing projects to advance environmental justice for those communities. Over the summer of this year, participants will spend three weeks in the U.S. and three weeks in China to attend a series of roundtables, study tours, and a one-week internship at an environmental justice organization in each of the countries. The three weeks in the U.S. will include activities in Vermont and Washington, D.C.; and the three weeks in China will include activities in Beijing, Yichang, Guangzhou and a city in western China.

The group will be in Washington, DC from June 14 through June 17, with four giving presentations at the China Environment Forum the afternoon of June 16th. Event information can be found here. Short bios of the fellows can be found below.