China’s Urban Sustainability Strategies: Opportunities and Challenges

It is estimated that 300 million rural Chinese residents will move to cities between 2010 and 2025. This urbanization trend will provide both opportunities and challenges for China with global implications. China’s central and local governments are actively exploring various strategies and experimenting with new ideas, technologies and innovations in order to drive healthy economic growth while also reducing China’s dependency on fossil fuels and environmentally destructive industries. This presentation will discuss a few major urban sustainable development strategies and experiments in pilot cities, including the low-carbon programs in Changsha-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan mega-region and Guangdong province.

  • Joyce Yanyun ManAssociate Professor of Economics, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University at Bloomington and Senior Fellow of Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

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