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How Low (on Energy and Carbon) Can Buildings in China and the U.S. Go?

The Wlison Center's China Environment Forum presents a panel on the growing movement to reverse energy use increases in homes.

May 8, 2018 10:00am to 12:00pm

Cities consume 70% of global energy, with building construction and operation creating the largest energy footprint. Buildings are energy hungry in both the United States and China, using 40% and 20% of urban energy, respectively. In the United States and China, the real estate and construction sectors generate 40% of each country’s carbon emissions. CEF is co-hosting this May 8th event with the Kissinger Institute and the Urban Sustainability Lab, welcoming speakers from U.S. and Chinese companies and NGOs. They will discuss how their organizations are working to lower the energy, pollution, and carbon footprints of the two largest construction sectors and some of the fastest growing real estate markets in the world.


Opening Mini-Keynotes (10:00-10:30)

Ai Luming, Chairman of the Society of Entrepreneurs and Ecology (SEE) and Chairman of Wuhan Dang Dai Group

Cindy Ortega, Chief Sustainability Officer at MGM Resorts International

Interview Panel (10:30-11:00)

Mark Ginsberg, U.S. Green Building Council

Zhang Li, Secretary-General, Alashan SEE Foundation

Qiao Hui, Vice Chairman of SEE Shandong Field Program and President of Shanghai Sunwise Information Technology Co., Ltd.

NRDC speaker TBD

Q&A (11:00-12:00)


Jennifer Turner Director, China Environment Forum & Manager, Global Choke Point Initiative


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