In my term as Director of Purdue's USCEES I will help align the substantial knowledge-base, interests, and technology innovations of our membership to create strong public-private partnerships and collaborative projects. Our goal is to make a positive impact on society by developing mutually beneficial, sustainable solutions to our environmental challenges, initiating policy-relevant research, and creating innovative programs and opportunities for the next generation of students.
In awarding the second cadre of EcoPartners (May 2011) Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke the following: "Both of our countries have companies that are developing new and exciting technologies, universities that are doing groundbreaking research, and local governments that have unique perspectives on the community environmental issues they face which can have a global impact. This EcoPartnership program was founded to bring these groups together to share best practices, foster innovation, and encourage sustainable development."
We affirm this vision in our effort to develop and promote effective, strategic, and solutions-oriented approaches to the interlinked global challenges of environmental sustainability, climate change, and energy security. We welcome your input and look forward to meet the challenges set before us.
The economies of the US and China are inextricably linked to the challenges of food security, global climate change, and sustainable development in the face of limited natural resources. The members of the US-China EcoPartnership for Environmental Sustainability (USCEES) recognize that these two nations share responsibility for developing realistic goals and effective strategies for the best solutions to these challenges and that these solutions will require both of our economies to transform how we produce and use energy and how we manage our ecosystem resources. The USCEES aims to lower the barriers to cooperative research and knowledge exchange and lay the foundations for future trust and collaboration.