U.S.-China Ecopartnership for Environmental Sustainability - USCEES

The 2013 China-US Joint Annual Symposium - Environmental Health and Green Development

November 18 - November 19 @ - Knoxville, TN, USA

INTRODUCTION


The economies of the US and China are the globally dominant drivers of energy consumption, resources utilization, food production, environmental pollution, and land use change. More than ever before, these two nations need to exchange perspectives at all levels and develop a joint agenda to meet the challenges of global climate change, food security, environmental health, and sustainable development. Currently, China is starting up a much more thorough transformation of her economic and social structure and innovation of corresponding operation mechanisms under the leadership of new central government. This world-influencing campaign focus on five general areas: urbanization, agricultural modernization, advanced manufacture, green industry, and further opening to the world. With the huge market and large population, all of these revolutionary actions will influence the functions of human-nature interactions and human-managed systems while creating numerous opportunities for other countries. Therefore, it is highly essential to bring together scientists, program leaders, government officials, and industry leaders to exchange perspectives, identify potentials risks, and explore opportunities for collaboration in science, technology and policy.

The China-US Joint Research Center for Ecosystem and Environmental Change (JRCEEC) (http://jrceec.utk.edu/) was established in 2006 to enhance collaboration among Chinese and US scientists in (1) ecosystem management and climate change, (2) environmental sustainability of bioenergy production, (3) water resources and quality, and (4) environmental technology. The center’s partners include University of Tennessee (UT), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Purdue University, two research institutes of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) (Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research and Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences), and the University of Science and Technology of China. In May 2011, a JRCEEC-based new partnership, US-China Ecopartnership for Environmental Sustainability (USCEES), was approved by the US Department of State and the China National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) within the framework of annual dialogue of China-US Strategic and Economic Development. The overall mission of the USCEES (with a new member—CAS’s Institute of Applied Ecology) was summarized by the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the 2011 ceremony for the appointment of new Ecopartnership members at http://blogs.state.gov/index.php/site/entry/us_china_ecopartnerships. Both JRCEEC and USCEES aim to promote bilateral collaboration to address the interconnected challenges of environmental sustainability, urbanization, rural prosperity, climate change, and food and energy security by leveraging and enhancing the capacity of member universities, research institutes, and industry through the promotion of research collaboration, academic exchange, student education, technology/business development, and policy enhancement. The partnership also accelerates information and technology exchange to generate more effective policy, technology and research solutions for sustainable development.
 

SYMPOSIUM GOALS AND OBJECTIVES


The symposium will work to develop an agenda that integrate research, policy, and economic/business for improving environmental health, developing green technologies, securing food production, mitigating natural disaster, and producing clean energy. Specifically, conference sessions and panel discussions will address the following topics:

  • Identification and Enforcement of Policy and Regulations for Sustainable Development
    - with emphases on regional development in secure, sustainable, and healthy manners
  • Consequences and Needs in Sustainable Agroecosystem and Re-urbanization
    - with emphases on agricultural modernization and ecosystem services
  • Technology—Commerce Interfacing for of Environmental Problem Mitigation
    - with emphases on economically sustainable, advanced technologies for pollution control, disaster defense, and waste recycling


ORGANIZER


  • The University of Tennessee
    - Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment
    - Institute of Agriculture
    - UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Biological Sciences
    - Howard Baker Center for Public Policy
    - Center for Renewable Carbon
    - Center for Environmental Biotechnology
    - UTIA Water and Environment Program

CO-ORGANIZER


  • Purdue University
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
  • Development Research Center of State Council of China
  • Institute of Geographic Science and Natural Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Research Center for Eco-environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • University of Science and Technology of China
  • Nanjing University
  • Zhejiang University
  • Tsinghua University
  • China Agricultural University
  • Northeast Normal University
  • Shenyang Agricultural University
  • Nanjing Agricultural University
  • The University of Hong Kong

PARTICIPANTS


The symposium will invite approximately 100 recognized scientists, program managers, industry leaders, and government officials from China and the United States. There will be approximately 50 oral presentations, 3 roundtable discussions, and a number of group meetings.

Chairman

Dr. Gary Sayler (The University of Tennessee)

Co-Chairman

Dr. Gui-Bin Jiang (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Dr. William Brown (The University of Tennessee)

Members (not completely confirmed yet)

Dr. Chris Cox (The University of Tennessee)
Dr. Caula Byle (The University of Tennessee)
Dr. Timothy Rials (The University of Tennessee)
Dr. Matthew Murray (The University of Tennessee)
Dr. Lee Riedinger (The University of Tennessee)
Dr. Terry Hazen (The University of Tennessee)
Dr. Frank Loeffler (The University of Tennessee)
Dr. Eric Drumm (The University of Tennessee)
Dr. Mark Radosevich (The University of Tennessee)
Dr. Daniel Yoder (The University of Tennessee)
Dr. Carol Harden (The University of Tennessee)
Dr. Larry McKay (The University of Tennessee)
Dr. Daniel Simberloff (The University of Tennessee)
Dr. Steven Wilhelm (The University of Tennessee)
Dr. Timothy Filley (Purdue University)
Dr. Ronald Turco (Purdue University)
Dr. Otto Doering (Purdue University)
Dr. Mark Fleet (Purdue University)
Dr. Jonathan Harbor (Purdue University)
Dr. Martin Keller (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
Dr. Anthony Palumbo (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
Dr. Jay Gulledge (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
Dr. Virginia Dale (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
Dr. Paul Hanson (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
Dr. Chen-Hu Zhou (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Dr. Gui-Rui Yu (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Dr. Zhi-Yun Ouyang (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Dr. Qing-Xiang Guo (University of Science and Technology of China)
Dr. Han-Qin Yu (University of Science and Technology of China)
Dr. Zhan-Qing Hao (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Dr. Yong-Feng Jia (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Dr. Xu-Dong Zhang (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Dr. Yong-Guan Zhu (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Dr. Yong-Ming Luo (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Dr. Ren-Jie Dong (China Agricultural University)
Dr. Qi-Rong Shen (Nanjing Agricultural University)
Dr. Jing-Kuan Wang (Shenyang Agricultural University)
Dr. Jun Bi (Nanjing University)
Dr. Xu-Xiang Zhang (Nanjing University)
Dr. Yong Luo (Tsinghua University)
Dr. Jian-Ming Xu (Zhejiang University)
Dr. Tong Zhang (The University of Hong Kong)
Dr. Xi-Lian Sheng (Northeast Normal University)
Dr. Ji-Quan Zhang (Northeast Normal University)
Dr. Shu-Zhong Gu (Development Research Center of State Council of China)

 



REGISTRATION


There is no registration fee for invited guests. The conference will provide local transportation between airport and hotel at no cost of guests, and most of meals will be covered by the organizers during the meeting days.



VENUE


All meeting activities will be held in the Park Vista Hotel (http://www.parkvista.com), which is located at 705 Cherokee Orchard Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738, USA.



HOTEL


A block of rooms for conference participants will be reserved at the Park Vista Hotel with the payment of participants. The room rate is $102 per night plus tax for a single/double bedroom. The hotel is located at the top of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (http://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm), one of the most awe inspiring mountain ranges in the United States.



CONTACT INFORMATION


Prof. Jie (Joe) Zhuang
Department of Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-4531, USA
Phone: +1( 865) 974-9467
Email: jzhuang@utk.edu
Mrs. Sherry Redus
Institute for a Secure & Sustainable Environment
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-4131, USA
Phone: +1 (865) 974-0721
sredus@utk.edu

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