The Center Co-hosts International Sustainable Technology Exchange Event | December 2012
On November 30, 2012, the China US Center held an international exchange event in partnership with the International Sustainable Ventures to introduce Oregon’s green technologies to China which would help to reduce energy consumption in buildings, reduce energy used in industrial manufacturing, generate renewable energy from waves and municipal water systems and with this reduction, a corresponding reduction in GHG emissions benefiting these market segments across the world.
The Center was honored to have Vice Minister WANG Weizhong from China’s Ministry of Science and Technology and over 50 green technology professionals from across the state participate in the event. Representatives from Oregon Business Development Department and the four Oregon Innovation Centers started the event with a warm welcoming remarks from Tim McCabe and Wally Van Valkenburg, and addressed importance of the China-Oregon Relationship.
Guest speakers from a variety of local green technology companies shared their breakthrough technologies including M3 Wave Energy Systems, Lucid Energy, Architectural Applications and Pneu-Logic. Vice Minister Wang showed great interest in learning about these new technologies and had a lively discussion with all the speakers. He bestowed high praise on Oregon’s green vision and indicated China would benefit from continuing the technology exchange.
After the morning seminar, the Vice Minister Wang visited Portland’s South Waterfront Eco-district. Tom Puttman from Puttman Infrastructure introduced the development process of eco-districts and described the sustainable features of green buildings including shared energy plants, on-site water treatment, and other shared resources. Portland Development Commission hosted a lunch at the City Hall afterwards, further discussing the We Build Green Cities program in Portland. Partners who have greatly contributed to this program and who were able to participate in the lunch included Gerding Edlen, GBD Architects, Glumac Engineering, etc.
In the afternoon, the Vice Minister Wang visited FEI which focuses on molecular nanotechnology. Vice Minister Wang was introduced to the development of nanotechnology in the global market, and also discussed about its growing applications in China.
Since its establishment the China US Center has developed many successful collaborative programs with US and China partners, including establishing the safe and sustainable New Jindai Elementary School in Chongqing Municipals, facilitating the launch of Al Gore’s Climate Change Project in China and organizing sustainable land use training for the Ministry of Land and Resources for the past 12 years. The China US Center will continue its devotion to contribute to sustainability in both US and China.
The November 30’s event would not be possible without supports from all our sponsors. The China US Center would like to extend its sincere appreciation to all of them, including: Business Oregon, K&L Gates, University of Oregon, Oregon BEST, Oregon Wave Energy Trust, Oregon Nanoscience and Microproducts Breakthrough Institute, Pivotal Investments, Portland Development Commission, and the Planning and Sustainability Bureau of Portland.
For more information on the program, please contact the China US Center– 1-503-279-9383.