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China US Center for Sustainable Development together with China Ministry of Land and Resources and Zhejiang University conducted the China-U.S. Land Banking Seminar November 10 – 11, 2013 in Hangzhou China.

Vice minister Hu, Chunzhi met the U.S. Land Bank Expert Delegation in Beijing before the seminar. The delegation was led by Professor Frank Alexander of Emory University Law School and included George McCarthy with the Ford Foundation; Christina Kelly with Genesee County Land Bank; Stephen Cook with the Columbia Land Trust; Tamar Shapiro with the Center for Community Progress; and Byron Koste with the University of Colorado Real Estate Center.

More than 150 officials/scholars from 22 provinces and over 100 cities participated the seminar.

The seminar focused on how land banks and land trusts are used in urban planning and community development in the US. The topics explored included:

• Urbanization – conversion of vacant, abandoned or substandard land into productive uses; turning a ‘poor area’ into a more prosperous one;
• Protection and stewardship of natural resources, farmland and working forests; creation and maintenance of public parks and greenspaces;
• Rehabilitation of brownfields or contaminated land into productive land.