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A Global Game Changer
Pursuing strong economic growth while simultaneously cleaning up and protecting our environment is a shared goal of both the U.S. and China.
The Purdue-led U.S.-China Ecopartnership for Environmental Sustainability (USCEES) was designed to help our two countries work together to tackle our most challenging sustainability issues.
In the province of Qinghai, China, communities struggle for access to clean drinking water, a widespread problem affecting over one-third of rural communities across China. Working with partner universities in Qinghai, faculty from Purdue, supported by the USCEES, are helping to provide access to clean water for several rural and urban communities.
“Purdue engineers and scientists are able to use their expertise and experience with environmental management tools to provide the basic life necessity of clean water,” says Tim Filley, director of Purdue’s USCEES.
The Purdue team’s work on this project includes creating models for urban water management and installing low-cost water purification for small villages.
“The U.S.-China Ecopartnership has been a game changer for our collaborative work in China,” says Purdue Professor Jon Harbor. “The Ecopartnership director marketed our project ideas during his visits to China and this opened up invaluable new partnerships with universities and government agencies that simply would not have been possible otherwise."