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Sustainability Measurement in China: Fostering a Race to the Top
The Earth Institute’s Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management invites you to: Sustainability Measurement in China: Fostering a Race to the Top on Tuesday, January 30th, at 6:00pm at Columbia University in New York City.
Sustainability is now widely recognized as an essential component for development in China, with the Chinese government setting ambitious environmental and social targets. However, the sheer pace of China’s economic growth makes establishing a sustainable development strategy a difficult task that requires purposeful decentralized action. This event will explore the importance of a standardized system to assess sustainability at the local level, presenting the recently launched China Sustainable Development Indicator System (CSDIS), an annual ranking of the sustainability of Chinese cities and provinces created jointly by the Earth Institute’s Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management and Beijing-based CCIEE, the China Center for International Economic Exchanges. The event will introduce the ranking and explore the value of measuring a broad but transparent set of indicators to encourage cities and provinces to begin a race to the top in sustainability performance. The panelists will discuss how such systems can complement policymaking in China's local administrative system, the balance between the state and the private sector as well as sustainable development in China more broadly.
The event will be followed by a reception with wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres.