Washington University Students for International Collaboration on the Environment

The Conference

The U.S.-China Student International Conference on Climate Change and Sustainability


The Copenhagen Conference showed that America and China are the biggest, interdependent, and countering powers that will take control of the future of our environment. To establish a sounder relationship between China and America, the effort should be drawn from students first. The awareness of environment among students can be raised through communication and dialogues. This November, we wish to hold the “U.S.-China International Student Conference on Climate Change and Sustainability.” The purpose of this conference is to create a bridge between students from America and China, with a focus on issues pertaining to Climate Change. The failures of Copenhagen reveal that there is a lack of collaboration within the global community to curve Climate Change, especially between the two main power players, the United States and China. It is time for students to take on the responsibility to establish collaboration between the international community. Our conference will serve as the hallmark to start such an international student-oriented environmental coalition.

Goals and Conference Overview:

Approximately 20 Chinese students will be invited to the conference to interact with American student representatives. The conference will include lectures, workshops, discussion panels and various social activities. One key activity will be the “Mock COP 16,” where American and Chinese students will “exchange” their nationalities temporarily. They will be split into mixed groups, where they have to become the representatives of either the U.S. or China and participate in the “Mock COP 16,” debating topics pertaining to Climate Change such as our energy future. By doing so, they can step into the shoes of the policy makers of the other country, thus fostering deeper mutual understanding of the two countries’ culture and perspectives. We hope this program will create a broad student network, spark life-long relationships and collaboration, and produce the international leaders that will lead to a sustainable future.

Benefits for WashU Communities & Fudan University Students:

● broaden and enhance both WashU and Fudan University’s undergraduate
student experience in a global perspective
● raise awareness of international environmental policy to the WashU community
● raise awareness of American policies and cultures to the Fudan University
● establish a more rounded network for the future of international student leaders
in both academic institutions
● enable students from both schools to learn and enhance skills in foreign
relations, cultural studies, networking, business, finance, environment, and other
realms of academia

Conference Topics:

● United States and China’s Energy History
● Current Environmental Policies
● Coal and Renewable Energy
● Individual Environmental Responsibility
● Corporate Environmental Responsibility
● Government’s Environmental Responsibility
● International Policy Options Leading up to Cop16 in Cancun, Mexico


I) Mock COP 16
Chinese and American students will split into two mixed groups, one representing American delegates, the other Chinese delegates. This exchanging of nationalities will hopefully give students from both institutions the opportunity to look at environmental issues from a different lens—thus, allowing them to see worldly problems from a different cultural, political, and economical perspective.

II) Other Featured Workshops
● Lectures
● Discussion Panels with Experts
● “solutions seeking” project
● other social activities

Click here for our Conference Schedule.

For more information, see our Conference Schedule page!

Hope to see you there!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s