hat happens in China’s growing cities will impact the entire planet, Karen Seto
tells her students at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES). How leaders handle the unprecedented expansion could have untold impacts on the global climate; it could also provide new insights into how we can achieve a more sustainable planet.
So it’s important, Seto says, to engage with the issues taking place there — and with the people working at the leading edge of science and policy solutions.
These days, it helps that Yale has its own home in China, the Yale Center Beijing
, a first of its kind hub where the university can convene and host meetings and conferences in the heart of China’s capital. In late October, a group of F&ES faculty, staff, and students did just that, hosting a workshop on urban climate issues that featured experts from government, academia and the nonprofit world.
During panel discussions experts examined two fundamental challenges facing cities everywhere: mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and minimizing the local impacts of climate change. The events were led by Seto, Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Geography and Urbanization Science at F&ES; Xuhui Lee
, the Sara Shallenberger Brown Professor of Meteorology at F&ES; and Professor Peng Gong
of Tsinghua University. Tsinghua University and Nanjing University of Information, Science, and Technology co-hosted the event.