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Bottom-up Innovation and Partnerships to Address Climate & Pollution in Chinese Cities

At the recent COP21 in Paris, 1,000 cities submitted commitments to address climate change, including many Chinese cities that pledged to accelerate the adoption of greenhouse gas reduction goals to be achieved by 2020, instead of the national goal of 2030. On February 18, speakers will introduce tools being developed with Chinese partners to measure pollution and environmental quality, as well as to assess energy efficiency and performance of low-carbon infrastructure.

Date & Time

Feb. 18, 2016
9:00am – 11:00am

Location

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Bottom-up Innovation and Partnerships to Address Climate & Pollution in Chinese Cities

At the recent COP21 in Paris, 1,000 cities submitted commitments to address climate change, including many Chinese cities that pledged to accelerate the adoption of greenhouse gas reduction goals to be achieved by 2020, instead of the national goal of 2030. Cities will need concrete tools to measure their progress toward these climate goals and to address urban pollution and sprawl challenges. On February 18, speakers will introduce tools being developed with Chinese partners to measure pollution and environmental quality, as well as to assess energy efficiency and performance of low-carbon infrastructure.

Debra Knopman and Zhimin Mao from RAND will discuss how RAND has worked with the Guangdong Provincial Department of Housing and Rural Development since 2011 to develop a system of quality of life indicators and identify policy options to advance sustainability in the Pearl River Delta region. Mark Ginsberg, Senior Fellow at U.S. Green Building Council and Principal of Ginsberg Green Strategies, will discuss how various LEED certification and scoring mechanisms are helping Chinese cities and professionals better measure and manage buildings and other urban systems. Abby Watrous, Senior ORISE Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), will discuss how DOE is working with the China Energy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to deploy low-carbon development policy and planning tools for cities across China.

Photo Credit: Shenzhen, China, courtesy of Jennifer L. Turner


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China Environment Forum

Since 1997, the China Environment Forum's mission has been to forge U.S.-China cooperation on energy, environment, and sustainable development challenges. We play a unique nonpartisan role in creating multi-stakeholder dialogues around these issues.  Read more

Global Risk and Resilience Program

The Global Risk and Resilience Program (GRRP) seeks to support the development of inclusive, resilient networks in local communities facing global change. By providing a platform for sharing lessons, mapping knowledge, and linking people and ideas, GRRP and its affiliated programs empower policymakers, practitioners, and community members to participate in the global dialogue on sustainability and resilience. Empowered communities are better able to develop flexible, diverse, and equitable networks of resilience that can improve their health, preserve their natural resources, and build peace between people in a changing world.  Read more

Urban Sustainability Laboratory

Since 1991, the Urban Sustainability Laboratory has advanced solutions to urban challenges—such as poverty, exclusion, insecurity, and environmental degradation—by promoting evidence-based research to support sustainable, equitable and peaceful cities.  Read more

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