Background and Objectives
The world today is facing unprecedented, interconnected environmental and sustainability challenges. Achieving sustainable development requires global efforts that are ambitious, action-oriented and collaborative.
The US and China are the leaders of the global economy. At the same time, they also contribute significantly to many sustainability challenges worldwide. Both countries play particularly important roles for global sustainability.
By bring together experts from both the US and China on environment and sustainability, the US-China Environment and Sustainability Forum at the University of Michigan (UCESF@UM) aims to:
- Take stock of achievements in addressing environmental and sustainability challenges in both countries, and
- Identify critical areas that the two countries should work together and help the global transition towards more sustainable development.
UCESF@UM will produce a whitepaper summarizing opinions and conclusions.
To promote an intimate experience for easy engagement in conversation, attendance is capped at 120 participants including invited speakers and reserved seats for University of Michigan participants.
UCESF@UM will be single-track, meaning there will be only one session at a time without parallel sessions. The Forum will consists of 7 panels on specific topics in environment and sustainability. Each panel features 4 invited speakers from both the US and China. At each panel, speakers will speak for 15 minutes each, then followed by a 45-minute discussion facilitated by a moderator and invited commenters.
Topics of the panels include:
- Air Pollution and Quality
- Climate, Carbon and Energy
- Environmental Health
- Natural Resources
- Sustainable Development and Public Policy
- Water Systems
- International Collaboration on Environment and Sustainability Education
In additional to participate in panel discussions, participants can choose to present their research at poster sessions.
Immediately after the Forum, a small group of participants will form a working group to synthesize the outcome of the Forum for the whitepaper.