May 20 2011 | 12:00 AM
Developing Global Sustainability — China/US Partnerships

“Developing Global Sustainability” will bring together an interdisciplinary set of academic, government, and industry researchers from China and the United States to discuss a set of mutually pressing issues in energy, transportation, and water. Developing sustainable societies is a major challenge for the 21st century. Policies developed by China and the United States will play a particularly important role since these two countries use more than 30% of the total world energy expenditure, and are the current and previous largest emitters of greenhouse gases. In addition, both countries have major industrial complexes, large urban population centers, and large expansive rural areas that require extensive water management. Finally, both countries have population centers dispersed over large geographic areas with economies that are reliant on extensive transportation networks. “Developing Global Sustainability” will focus on policies and technologies needed for energy, transportation, and water that meet the “Triple Bottom Line” of improved performance with reduced cost and reduced environmental impact, while protecting social structure.

The Meeting is organized by faculty from the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute, the Michigan Memorial Energy Institute, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, the UM/PKU Joint Institute and the UM/SJTU Joint Institute, the Center for Chinese Studies, and OVPR. “Developing Global Sustainability” will focus on three topics of substantial international scope in the field of sustainability: Sustainable Energy, Sustainable Transportation, and Sustainable Water.

Contact: Mark Banaszak Holl