Sustainable Cities and Interdisciplinary International Education

Urban Infrastructure Transformations in China, India & the US: Connecting Local Priorities with Global Carbon Targets

National Academy of Sciences Building, Lecture Room
2101 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington DC

Three countries - USA, China & India - together contribute more than 50% of global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. Massive urbanization in China & India is expected to increase GHG emissions. At the same time, the recent US-China Climate Agreement, the New-Type urbanization plan in China, and India’s 100 Smart Cities Program provide an opportunity to reduce GHG emissions by aligning the local priorities of more than 1 billion urban residents in these three nations with global carbon mitigation efforts.  

Join us Sunday August 23, from 2:15PM to 4:30PM, for a session about the ethical and social consequences of increasing urbanization, through the lens of urban history and changing educational needs.

Join us Monday August 24, from 8:30AM to 2PM, for a science-policy dialogue to explore key urban infrastructure transformations in China, India and the US that can contribute to reducing global carbon emissions while addressing local environmental priorities of water and food security, air pollution, solid waste management, and inclusive well-being.

  • Discover new science and high impact data sets emerging from research conducted by an international team of scientists drawn from US, China & India.
  • Learn how local urban issues of air pollution, waste-burning, and water-food security are functionally related to global carbon emissions.
  • Explore infrastructure and policy solutions such as industrial symbiosis & bus rapid transit – what works and what doesn’t?
  • Join a dialogue to promote human well-being in engineered and expanding urban environments (in a panel or a world café style format) to discuss policy learning across China, India & USA
  • Discuss avenues to further science-policy exchanges among the three countries on urban infrastructure transformations for sustainability.

The Workshop will be led by:

  • Anu Ramaswami, PIRE Project Director, Professor of Science Technology & Environmental Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota (UMN)
  • Rachelle Hollander, Director, Center for Engineering Ethics and Society, National Academy of Engineering
  • Marian Chertow, Associate Professor of Industrial Environmental Management, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
  • Armistead (Ted) Russell, Howard T. Tellepsen Chair and Regents Professor, Environmental Engineering, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Please register to attend by Monday August 17, 2015. For more detail, please see the agenda.

This workshop is part of an NSF PIRE project titled Developing Low Carbon and Sustainable Cities through Interdisciplinary Integration. The project is led by the University of Minnesota (UMN) with Yale University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Colorado Denver, National Center for Atmospheric Research, The National Academy of Engineering’s Center for Engineering Ethics and Society, and partner institutions in China - Chinese Academy of Sciences, Tsinghua University, and India – the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT-Kanpur & Madras) and ICLEI South Asia, based in Delhi. The workshop is funded from NSF PIRE Grant 1243535 and USAID PEER