US-China Environment and Sustainability Forum at the University of Michigan

UCESF@UM

October 1-2, 2019

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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 panelists and reserved seats for University of Michigan participants.


Format

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 panelists 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.

Confirmed Panelists and Moderators (updating)

Samuel Trask Dana Professor; Member of National Academy of Sciences

University of Michigan

George R. Brown Professor of Engineering; Director of Nanosystems Engineering Research Center on Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT); Member of National Academy of Engineering

Rice University

Professor of Environment and Sustainability; Member of National Academy of Sciences

University of Michigan

Lucy and Stanley Lopata Professor; Chair of Department of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering; Member of National Academy of Engineering

Washington University in St. Louis

Professor and Dean, College of Environmental and Resource Sciences

Zhejiang University

Director of Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems; Hightower Chair and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar; Member of National Academy of Engineering; Foreign Member of Chinese Academy of Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology

NSF International Chair of Environmental Health Sciences

University of Michigan

Professor and Dean of School of Economics and Management

Beihang University

Amy and Alan Lowenstein Professor in Democracy, Democratization, and Human Rights; Director of Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies

University of Michigan

Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering; Member of National Academy of Engineering

University of Michigan

Clifton R. Musser Professor Emeritus of Industrial Ecology; Member of National Academy of Engineering

Yale University

Professor; Member of Chinese Academy of Engineering; Foreign Member of National Academy of Engineering

Tsinghua University

Professor, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences; Member of Chinese Academy of Engineering

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy; Chair of Energy & Resources Group

University of California, Berkeley

Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability; University Distinguished Professor; Director of Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability

Michigan State University

Borchardt and Glysson Collegiate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of Michigan

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Public and International Affairs

Princeton University

Jonathan W. Bulkley Collegiate Professor of Sustainable Systems; Director of Program in the Environment

University of Michigan

Professor and Director of Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Samuel A. Graham Dean of School for Environment and Sustainability; William B. Stapp Collegiate Professor of Environmental Education

University of Michigan

Assistant Professor

Penn State University

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, India Studies, and the Princeton Environmental Institute; Director of the M.S. Chadha Center for Global India

Princeton University

Professor and Dean of School of the Environment

Nanjing University

Cheung Kong Professor; Deputy Director of National Engineering Lab for Wastewater Treatment

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Senior Editor

Nature

Senior Editor

Science

Deputy Director of the Central Committee of Energy, Resources and Environment

China Democratic National Construction Association

Professor of Global and Environmental Health

Duke University

Chair Professor and Founding Dean of School of Environmental Science and Engineering; Vice Provost of Global Strategies

Southern University of Science and Technology

Professor and Director of Institute for Circular Economy

Tsinghua University

Cheung Kong Professor and Dean of College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Peking University

Professor and Director General of Institute of Urban Environment

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Registration

Registration is now open. Please visit https://umich.irisregistration.com/Form/UCESFUM19 to register. The deadline for registration is August 15, 2019.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Given the limited space, please register as soon as possible.

An invitation for your visa application, if needed, will be sent to you via email once your registration is confirmed.

Because of the generous supports from our sponsors, we are able to afford moderate registration fees especially for students. The registration will include breakfast, lunch, and evening reception on both October 1 and 2. Registration fees can be paid online using credit card or shortcode for University of Michigan participants:

  • Non-student: $300
  • Student: $50
  • Non-student (University of Michigan): $100
  • Student (University of Michigan): $50

Conference Organization

Co-Chairs


Glen Daigger

Professor; Member of National Academy of Engineering

University of Michigan

Jiuhui Qu

Professor; Member of Chinese Academy of Engineering; Foreign Member of National Academy of Engineering

Tsinghua University and Chinese Academy of Sciences




Organizing Committee


Ming Xu (Chair)

Associate Professor and Director of China Programs, School for Environment and Sustainability

University of Michigan

Chuanwu Xi (Co-Chair)

Professor, School of Public Health

University of Michigan

Mary Gallagher

Amy and Alan Lowenstein Professor in Democracy, Democratization, and Human Rights; Director of Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies

University of Michigan

Jonathan T. Overpeck

Samuel A. Graham Dean of School for Environment and Sustainability; William B. Stapp Collegiate Professor of Environmental Education

University of Michigan

Xun "Brian" Wu

Associate Professor, Ross School of Business

University of Michigan





Sponsors


Venue

A top-ranked public university, the University of Michigan has a tradition of excellence in research, learning and teaching, sports and the arts, and more.

The Pierpont Commons (2101 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2090) is a Conference and Community Center located on the University of Michigan North Campus. Pierpont hosts a wide range of services nestled between inviting lounges to relax and entertain. A wide range of services can be found there including a U-M Credit Union, ATMs, a bookstore, a convenience store, and a variety of food choices. With its unique location, Pierpont is a great way to escape the bustle of Central Campus and downtown Ann Arbor. It is not uncommon to spot wildlife among the North Campus neighborhood! Through its staff, events, and partnerships, Pierpont Commons creates an environment where people can learn and unwind in an area far from home.

Travel and Accommodation

University of Michigan is located in Ann Arbor which is 30-40 minutes away by car from the Detroit Metro Airport (DTW). The DTW airport is a regional hub of Delta Air Lines and is conveniently connected to major cities around the world with direct flights including Beijing and Shanghai.

Below is a list of hotels close to the Forum venue:

Since October 5, 2019 will be a home game for University of Michigan football team, as well as the homecoming weekend, hotels in Ann Arbor are filled quickly. If you are interested in attending the Forum, we strongly suggest you to book your stay as soon as possible.

If you are interested in going to the October 5 football game against University of Iowa, please visit the University of Michigan Athletics website to buy tickets: https://mgoblue.com/index.aspx?path=football.

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