China’s Environmental Costs: Cancer

While attending the JUCCCE conference last year, I began to understand that when looking at clean technologies, or otherwise making the case for "sustainability", it was important to understand the health costs to remaining brown. That in the end, policy makers and agency officials would eventually connect the dots and begin making investments into sustainability as the costs of their health ca…

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Jonathan Woetzle: China’s Urbanization

Jonathan Woetzle and his team and MGI have been doing a lot of work to research, analyze, and promote the way that China should urbanize. It is a report I read last year, and it is one I believe anyone who considers themselves as having a role in sustainability should read as it does a fair job of laying out the largest challendges and opportunities that China will face going forward. Where I th…

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The Importance of Design, and the Designer, to Sustainability

While the focus of sustainability is closely linked to "energy usage" and waste, the conversation on the role of design & designers has yet to take center stage. The recent article Design is an Avocado: The Layers of Green Design by Brian Dougherty (an excerpt from his recent book Green Graphic Design) though does a great job of introducing the role that designers can play: 1. Designer A…

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Green Labels In China Vs. Green Labels in the US

A few weeks back, Inhabitat had a very interesting piece on green labels in the US entitled IS IT GREEN?: Eco-Labels and Certifications Shortly after that, Leigh at Crossroads made a trip to an organic conference in Shanghai with Julian at Green Leap Forward, and put together a report on the labels that they found there. A very interesting counterpiece to Inhabitat's, and clearly some import…

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Recognizing the Full Costs of Pollution in China

In the article Official warns environmental pollution no longer acceptable, I saw the strongest statement to date that officials and agencies are finally understanding the tradoff of full costs between economic growth and the environmnet: Yangzonghai Lake, famous for its springs, was found to contain arsenic in June in the Yuxi City section. A local company named Jinye Industry and Trade Co. Ltd.…

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The Future of Connected and Sustainable Cities

With dozens of cities in China urbanizing all at the same time, and at a pace matched at no time by anyone else, making sure cities are planned and built properly is a must. While the term "urban" can mean different things to different people, municipalities of all sizes are and always have been dynamic centers of activity. Cities offer jobs and prosperity, important social interaction, and…

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Jennifer Turner of the China Environment Forum (Interview)

Jennifer Turner has been the director of the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center for 16 years where she creates meetings, exchanges and publications focusing on a variety of energy and environmental challenges facing China, particularly on water, energy and green civil society issues. She leads the Wilson Center’s Global Choke Point Initiative, which together with Circle of Blue,…

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Get Them When They Are Young

I just finished reading the 1997 re-release of Vance Packard's book The Hidden Pursuaders,  a fascinating book about how through the addition of psychology and sociology, adverting firms were able to become more effective at placing products in the consumer minds. One section focused on how children soaked up advertising, and through this process, the children could become a huge force in the w…

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