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Turning Assessment into Action: Advancing China’s Urban Sustainability

How do you encourage cities to race to the top in sustainability performance?

by |February 8, 2018
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Sustainability Measurement in China: Fostering a Race to the Top

The Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management recently released the China Sustainable Development Indicator System, a new sustainability indicator framework and annual ranking of the sustainability performance of Chinese cities.

by |January 23, 2018

In China, Making a Fashion Statement

“It costs 20,000 liters of water to produce one kilogram of cotton, which is just enough to produce a pair of jeans,” observed Guo—a stark measure of the importance of incorporating sustainability into fashion enterprises.

by |April 24, 2017

At Lenfest, Using Carbon to Help Reuse Waste from Steel Production

Lenfest Center researchers are working with a Chinese steel company on a way to treat and reuse waste slag using carbon sequestration technology.

by |March 9, 2017

Will China Take the Green Mantle From the U.S.?

While President Trump has promised to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, China’s President Xi Jinxing has vowed to continue to tackle climate change and honor his country’s obligations. Will China become the global leader in combating climate change?

by |March 3, 2017

Shifting Monsoon Altered Early Cultures in China, Study Says

The annual summer monsoon that drops rain onto East Asia has shifted dramatically, at times moving northward by as much as 400 km and doubling rainfall in that northern reach. The monsoon’s changes over the past 10,000 years likely altered the course of early human cultures in China, say the authors of a new study.

by |February 6, 2017

New Gift Will Bolster Sustainability Research Efforts in China

As part of a generous $2 million donation to Columbia University, the Earth Institute’s Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management will receive $700,000 to expand its research efforts on sustainability in China.

by |September 8, 2016

Does Pollution Regulation Kill Jobs? Lessons for China from the U.S.

The problem of air pollution in China continues to reach new heights. To combat the problem in any real way stringent regulation is needed. A new paper from Columbia University’s Earth Institute finds that this can be done without hurting job creation.

by |April 6, 2016

The Impact of the Internet in China

On March 7, 2016, Charles Chen, co-founder of China’s largest internet service portal, Tencent, gave a presentation on the impact of the internet on Chinese society. He talked about everything from the economic impacts of the internet, to education models that use mobile internet platforms.

by |March 17, 2016

Developing a Sustainable Tourism Industry in China

Last week, members of the Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management traveled to Huizhou, China, to present their initial findings for a study on sustainable tourism for the IBM Smarter Cities initiative.

by |January 22, 2016