Sustainability Office holds Shanghai workshop
The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Office of Sustainability is leading a business delegation to China June 16-20 that will include visits to the cities of Shanghai and Ningbo, along with a two-day program, “Sustainable Urban Environments: Innovation for the Future.”
"This workshop offers the UW-Madison a unique opportunity to make stronger connections with Chinese partners in the key areas of sustainability, including energy use and water efficiencies, urban planning and design, and the use of limited natural resources," said Office of Sustainability External Relations Director Angela Pakes Ahlman (photo inset below, right) who is coordinating the workshop. "We intend to use our own campus as an example of what works and what doesn't when it comes to planning and sustainable design."
Pakes-Ahlman also pointed out that the workshop will make specific connections to the Chinese 12th 5-year plan and their newly released National Plan.
"We recognize that Wisconsin businesses looking to advance their trade missions with China are interested in learning more about the current Chinese governments plans, which require a strong emphasis on three sustainable business practices: people, prosperity and planet – the Triple Bottom Line," she said.
Representing UW-Madison on the delegation, besides Pakes Ahlman, will be: Office of Sustainability Director and Professor Craig Benson, who chairs the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geological Engineering, along with Engineering Professor Steve Loheide.
The workshop, which is being sponsored in part by Shanghai’s Minhang District, will offer a forum for sharing best practices from the industrial and academic sectors in the planning, designing, and creating of sustainable urban environments. Representatives from several departments in the People's Government of Minhang District will be attending the conference. (Click here to learn more about the UW-Madison connections with Minhang District, through the East Asian Legal Studies Center.)
The UW-Madison Shanghai Innovation Office is helping with coordination and logistics for the event. The registration link and more details about the workshop are available on the workshop website.
The delegation includes business leaders from such companies as Kohler, 3M, JCI, Mortenson, and Sinopec. Members will be joining the workshop and meeting with business groups in both Shanghai and Ningbo, the sister city of Milwaukee.
The Sustainable Urban Environments workshop will be the third conference held in partnership with Minhang District since the 2012 opening of the UW-Madison Shanghai Innovation Office.