Earth Institute Partners with the China Center for International Economic Exchanges on Sustainability Metrics

October 1, 2014 – The Earth Institute Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management  announces a partnership with the China Center for International Economic Exchanges. The partnership centers around joint research on sustainability metrics in order to design a measurement and evaluation framework adapted to China’s unique economic development situation. The importance of this work lies in the need for a standardized methodology to organize the vastly increasing amount of information on sustainability—in a way that enhances decision-making and performance improvement.

October 13, 2014

October 1, 2014 – The Earth Institute Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management  announces a partnership with the China Center for International Economic Exchanges. The partnership centers around joint research on sustainability metrics in order to design a measurement and evaluation framework adapted to China’s unique economic development situation. The importance of this work lies in the need for a standardized methodology to organize the vastly increasing amount of information on sustainability—in a way that enhances decision-making and performance improvement.

The partnership will leverage the academic expertise of the Earth Institute and the research capability of CCIEE in the development of a new conceptual framework for sustainability in China. The partnership with CCIEE will complement and leverage the Earth Institute’s previous and ongoing work in this field, serve as an important foundation for decision-making in sustainability policy, promote the sustainable development of the Chinese economy, and provide a compelling example and model for other countries.

On October 17th, Dr. Steven Cohen, Executive Director of the Earth Institute traveled to Beijing to meet with CCIEE Chairman Zeng Peiyan, Former Vice Premier of the State Council of China, where they signed a Memorandum of Understanding, formally establishing the partnership. Earlier that week, on October 16th, Dr. Cohen gave a public talk on “Environmental Policy and the Business of Sustainability”, following an exclusive media event, hosted by the Columbia Global Center | Beijing.

About the Earth Institute Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management

With Columbia University as its foundation, the Earth Institute draws upon the scientific rigor and academic leadership for which the University is known to create a unique interdisciplinary community among many academic fields and professional disciplines dedicated to cutting-edge research to help develop solutions to the challenges to global sustainability. It is uniquely positioned to take a holistic, integrated approach to better understand the complex scientific, technical, managerial, and behavioral issues relating to successful sustainability management, measurement and reporting. The Earth Institute’s Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management seeks to better understand the mechanisms behind sustainability management, in order to develop and promote more effective public policies and organizational practices. The goal of the program is to develop models to overcome barriers to institutionalizing sustainability in organizational operations. It aims to hasten the integration of sustainability principles in the management of organizations by providing the data necessary for decision-making.

 

About the China Center for International Economic Exchanges

The China Center for International Economic Exchanges, founded in 2009, is a comprehensive association with the mission of promoting international economic research and exchanges and providing consulting service. CCIEE attracts experienced economic researchers and has close connection with economic research resources in various fields. It operates under the guidance and supervision of the National Development and Reform Commission in terms of its business scope and is registered in the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

 

Contact

For more information please contact Kelsie DeFrancia, Program Manager for the Earth Institute’s Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management, at kdefrancia@ei.columbia.edu or visit our website at http://spm.ei.columbia.edu.

 

(Contributed by Kelsie DeFrancia; Edited by Eyra Xiong)