EcoPartnershipsChina and the U.S. Partnering for Success
The EcoPartnerships program brings together Chinese and U.S. entities from the public, private, and civic sectors to create mutual economic and environmental benefits.
EcoPartnerships established in 2010
The partnership is focused on demonstration and implementation of advanced technological solutions for clean air and clean water.
The two universities will work together to develop a global model for the sustainability of coastal cities, focused on restoration, conservation and enhancement of environmentally sensitive wetland areas.
Greensburg, Kansas was 95 percent destroyed by a tornado in May 2007 and made a commitment to sustainable redevelopment. Mianzhu City was one of the most heavily devastated areas in the May 2008 earthquake in Sichuan province. The EcoPartnership represents an opportunity to demonstrate new models for comprehensive, eco-friendly sustainable development and is focused on economic revitalization in rural America and China.
Floating Windfarms Corporation is developing clean energy technologies for the Tangshan Caofeidian New Development Area, focusing on offshore wind farm technology.
Focused on implementation of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, this partnership has the potential to significantly advance the global development of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
Press release: http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_17834291
Both companies are pursuing the development of sustainable business models for “clean energy” in the United States and China, particularly in the area of clean coal.
The partnership between two of the world’s largest sea ports aims to develop a global model for energy efficient and environmentally sustainable ports.
Press release: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2008524469_greenport16.html
EcoPartnerships established in 2011
To study, test and implement energy and environmental solutions.
To exchange policy best practices (e.g., renewable portfolio standards), joint demonstration projects (e.g., residential building efficiency demonstrations), and conduct trials for innovative clean energy technologies.
To construct a pilot agricultural waste digester and research facility, cultural and political exchanges. To create a joint research lab focused on bio-gas generation in Qinghai, a research project in Utah to convert biogas to diesel fuel and plan for a Carbon Capture and Sequestration demonstration project in Qinghai.
Press release: http://blogs.state.gov/index.php/site/entry/utah_qinghai_ecopartnership
To focus on adapting CCS’s comprehensive climate action planning process to Chinese provinces.
Press release: http://www.climatestrategies.us/articles/articles/view/38
To work together to develop projects on water, energy, climate and ecosystem services.Website: http://usbcsd.org/category/ecopartnership/
To identify policy and research needs and solutions that lower barriers to the exchange of information and technology and enhance US-China academic and industrial collaborations in environmental sustainability.
Press release: http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/general/2011/110509CordovaEcoPartner.html
EcoPartnerships established in 2012
To leverage the clean technology expertise of Portland, one of America’s greenest cities, to develop low carbon strategies for the city of Kunming as it develops, implements, and evaluates its own low carbon programs. This partnership will result in measurable and verifiable CO2 reductions and quality of life improvements in Chinese cities. This partnership will involve training programs and exchanges via Portland’s “We Build Green Cities” program.
Press release: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/05/189253.htm
To enlist a consortium of clean energy and climate change leaders from American and Chinese universities, think tanks, and the private sector to conduct joint research on smart grids, intelligent vehicles, and electric vehicles. UCLA and Peking University are spearheading the partnership, along with the China National Climate Change Strategy Research and International Cooperation Center. The consortium is building a joint research laboratory on smart grid technology at Peking University that will serve as a hub for researchers and students, particularly from the U.S. and will enable them to better understand China’s energy development environment. The consortium may also facilitate economic growth and clean job creation in the U.S. by introducing Chinese clean tech companies to manufacturing opportunities in the U.S.
Press release: http://www.international.ucla.edu/news/article.asp?parentid=126137
To support training on good governance and environmental sustainability at the local government level. Besides offering learning tours, this partnership will encourage a Local Government Exchange Job Shadow Program and Professional Development and Lecture Tours to China, where American local government officials will gain insight into how China is addressing urbanization and associated environmental issues.
Press release: http://icma.org/en/icma/newsroom/Article/102122/US_State_Department_Supports_ICMA_Initiative_for_Promoting_Good_Governance__Environmental_Sustainabi
These sister cities of Columbus and Anhui will form an EcoPartnership together with flagship universities in those cities. Franklin County, Ohio is also included in the partnership. This EcoPartnership plans to use the resources from Ohio State University’s Center for Automotive Research and Hefei University of Technology to develop and apply electric vehicle technologies and address other energy and environmental issues facing both cities, such as lake and wetland conservation, waste and sewage treatment, energy conservation in buildings, and urban planning. This EcoPartnership was accepted into the program in February during Vice President Xi Jinping’s visit to the United States.
To work to advance river basin management and conservation of large river systems and will try to develop new capacity for sustainable agriculture in both countries. This EcoPartnership will use each partner’s unique strengths to develop new systems to monitor and manage large river systems such as the Mississippi and Yangtze Rivers. This EcoPartnership was also accepted into the program in February during Vice President Xi Jinping’s visit to the United States.
Press release: http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/habitats/riverslakes/programs/great-rivers-partnership/new-partnership-with-chinese-government.xml