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From Sustainable Communities to Global Pollution Challenges: Twenty Years of U.S.-Taiwan Environmental Cooperation

On the July 17th meeting, cosponsored by the Asia Program and the China Environment Forum cosponsored, three speakers will provide an overview of the expanding EPA – EPAT cooperation, highlighting the progress in developing sister sustainable communities in the United States and Taiwan. Stephen Shu-hung Shen, Minister of EPAT, and Randy Solomon, Sustainable Jersey community certification program lead, will introduce the successes of these sustainable community projects. Jane Nishida, U.S. EPA’s Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for International & Tribal Affairs and former Maryland Secretary of Environment, will share how international collaboration can strengthen state and national environmental programs and provide opportunities for green growth.

Date & Time

Jul. 17, 2013
3:00pm – 4:30pm

Location

5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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From Sustainable Communities to Global Pollution Challenges: Twenty Years of U.S.-Taiwan Environmental Cooperation

Over the past two decades, Taiwan and the United States have made considerable progress on environmental protection, but both are still facing a broad spectrum of environmental challenges from industrial pollution and hazardous waste to unsustainable agricultural practices and climate change. In 1993 the American Institute in Taiwan and the Coordination Council for North American Affairs signed the Agreement for Technical Cooperation in the Field of Environmental Protection, which established a platform for cooperation between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPAT). Based on this platform the two agencies have worked together to drive environmental sustainability in the United States, Taiwan, and beyond on a broad range of issues, such as conducting joint studies on recycling and e-waste, building energy-efficiency, and mercury pollution prevention networks in Asia, and creating partnerships with state and local leaders to promote sustainable communities.

On the July 17th meeting, cosponsored by the Asia Program and the China Environment Forum cosponsored, three speakers will provide an overview of the expanding EPA – EPAT cooperation, highlighting the progress in developing sister sustainable communities in the United States and Taiwan. Stephen Shu-hung Shen, Minister of EPAT, and Randy Solomon, Sustainable Jersey community certification program lead, will introduce the successes of these sustainable community projects. Jane Nishida, U.S. EPA’s Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for International & Tribal Affairs and former Maryland Secretary of Environment, will share how international collaboration can strengthen state and national environmental programs and provide opportunities for green growth.


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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

Asia Program

The Asia Program promotes policy debate and intellectual discussions on U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as political, economic, security, and social issues relating to the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region.   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

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