December 2010


This morning I attended two Vermont Law School – Sun Yat-sen University Collaborative Research Presentations held on campus in Guangzhou. The first paper was entitled “Promoting Green Jobs Through Wind Energy: A Comparison of U.S. and China Policies.” Their key research goal was a comparative analysis of US and Chinese law in the development of renewable energy, especially wind, and the emerging market for “green jobs” (a term they sought to define). The second paper was “The Resurrection of Water: Guangdong’s Pollution Permitting System,” which compared environmental impact assessment and water permitting regimes in the two countries. Following the presentation, we had lunch with Chinese students and faculty, and then I took my Vermont Law students on a campus tour and the local market.

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(2) From Legal Planet: EPA takes first step

As part of Vermont Law School’s US-China Partnership in Environmental Law, five Vermont Law students are selected to participate in collaborative research projects with 5 Chinese law students in Beijing and Guangzhou. Tomorrow morning I’ll attend the paper presentations of the 2 students working with students at Sun Yat-sen University.

In an effort to increase opportunities for our students in China, today we had lunch with U.S. government officials in China that work in the environmental and public health areas. They were very helpful, providing our student with research resources and ideas for internship possibilities in Asia. Then tonight my family and I hosted a dinner at our local restaurant for the Vermont Law students and 12 Chinese law and graduate students. It was a huge success with students exchanging email addressed and phone numbers, and many offers to show our Vermont students around Guangzhou and China.

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Despite the fact that I ate something that decidedly did not agree with me, yesterday was a very good day. I lectured on current events in US climate policy to Sun Yat-sen University graduate students, and, in the evening, I lectured to a packed house of Chinese nationals (~100 people) at the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, China.

As many know, I’ve been doing more work on the relationship between food, law, and the environment. What was also nice about yesterday is I received an email inviting me to be a panelist on the subject of food eco-labeling at the Sustainable Foods Institute. The Institute is part of a three-day series of "Cooking for Solutions" events organized by Monterey Bay Aquarium (an outgrowth of their Seafood Watch Program) that bring together some of North America’s greatest chefs as well as figures in the organic and sustainable foods movement. The event is designed to reach and influence members of the food and environmental media, as well as food industry leaders.

Now while I’m happy to hang with celebrity chefs, eat 5-star cuisine, and meet well-known food authors, I’m mostly thrilled that they invited me because they liked my article on food eco-labeling. Amazing…a draft law review article was actually read by someone outside the legal academy.

Our China schedule is officially booked. Yesterday afternoon and this morning I gave a lectures on U.S. climate policy and litigation at Sun Yat-sen University, and tonight I give lecture at the U.S. Consulate on environmentalism. I have meetings and meals planned the rest of the week with Chinese faculty colleagues, former Chinese students and government officials, and Friday morning are the collaborative Vermont Law School / Sun Yat-sen University student paper presentations. (Five Vermont Law School students arrived in Guangzhou yesterday). And before leaving for San Francisco for the AALS Annual Meeting, I meet with folks at WWF Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Bureau. One very busy week!

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