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

China-US 2012 Joint Ecopartnership Symposium:Land Use,Ecosystem Services and Sustainable Development

September 17 - September 19 @ - Institute of Applied Ecology, Shenyang, China

Meeting Summary

This invitation-only China-US symposium, which represents the2nd annual conference convened by the “China-US Ecopartnership for Environmental Sustainability” and the sixth annual conference “China-US Joint Research Center for Ecosystem and Environmental Change”, will be held in Shenyang, Liaoning province, China, September 17-19, 2012, and hosted by the Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.



The economies of the US and China are the globally dominant drivers of energy consumption, agricultural productivity, fertilizer utilization, urban waste generation, and greenhouse gas emissions. These two nations are thus strategically linked to the challenges of global climate change, food security, and sustainable development.The US and China share responsibility for developing realistic goals, effective strategies, and practical protocols for the best solutions for global energy, climate, food, and environmental problems that transform the production and use of limited energy and ecosystem resources. Innovative and transformational science, engineering, and technology will require collaboration between the public and private sectors and mutually beneficial policies and incentives to help actualize solutions tailored to the economic and social needs of both nations. A key to sustainable development is the proper management of our supporting ecosystems and their services as they are the foundation of global economic activity and human well-being. More than ever before, these two nations need to exchange perspectives at all levels and develop a joint agenda to benefit the world. US-China collaboration can create new economic opportunities through technology development, transfer and commercialization within the goals of clean and sustainable development—a realization of a series of bilateral environment and energy agreements signed at the annual meetings of the US-China Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED).

The US-China Ecopartnership for Environmental Sustainability (USCEES), one of 13 ecopartnerships since 2010, was established within this SED framework among Chinese and US research institutions. USCEES aimsto promote bilateral collaboration to address the interconnected challenges of environmental sustainability, climate change, 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, and technology/business development, and policy enhancement in areas of environmental concern. The partnership also accelerates information and technology exchange to generate more effective policy, technology and research solutions for sustainable development. This initiative was made possible jointly by the US State Department and the China’s National Development and Reform Commission. The overall mission of the EcoPartnerships (EP) was summarized by the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the 2011 ceremony for the appointment of the most recent EP members at http://blogs.state.gov/index.php/site/entry/us_china_ecopartnerships

Along with existing collaborations within theChina-US Joint Research Center for Ecosystem and Environmental Change (http://jrceec.utk.edu), this bi-national partnership includes Centers within Purdue University’s Global Sustainability Initiative, the University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (UT-ORNL) Joint Institute for Biological Sciences (JIBS), UT’s Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE), the Institute of Geographic Science and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR),Research Center for Eco-Environmental Science (RCEES), and Institute of Applied Ecology (IAE) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC).


Symposium Goals and Objectives

The symposium will work to generate an integrated research, policy and economic/business agenda for improving ecosystem services, developing green technologies, securing food production, and producing clean energy.  Specifically, conference sessions and panel discussions will be organized around the following topics:

  • Biomass Production
    • with emphases on food security, alternative energy, nutrient cycles, and rural development
  • Ecosystem Services and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    • with emphases on accounting, mechanisms, and vulnerability of ecosystem carbon
  • Environmental Remediation
    • with emphases on pollution control and contaminated land re-use 
  • Challenges of Urbanization
    • with emphases on balancing economic growth and environmental sustainability, building eco-city, managing wastes, and protecting groundwater



  • Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Purdue University
  • The University of Tennessee
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • University of Science and Technology of China
  • Shenyang Agricultural University
  • East China University of Science and Technology


Corporate Sponsorship

  • FuturaGene, USA
  • Zhongke New Fertilizer Company, China
  • Others



The symposium will invite approximately 40 leading US scientists (all in-country costs covered) and 60 Chinese leading scientists. The organizers also plan to open the conference to other US and Chinese scientists (costs not covered). There will be approximately 80 oral presentations, 30 poster presentations, and up to 200 participants including scientists, students, government officials, and industry experts.


Contact Us

Timothy Filley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Purdue Director, US-China Ecopartnership
Global Sustainability Initiative, Discovery Park
Purdue University
203 South Martin Jischke Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907 (USA)
filley@purdue.edu; +1-765-494-6581

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