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Energy Policy Mini-Course

Location: Harris School of Public Policy, Room 289B

Urbanization in China

The movement of Chinese citizens from rural to urban areas is the largest migration in human history. China is building cities at a record pace, and will create the equivalent of a United States worth of houses, shops, factories, and infrastructure in the next 25 years. The form this urbanization takes matters enormously. Smart urbanization makes livable cities with decreased carbon emissions and pollution, less traffic, high quality amenities, and increased mobility. But current development patterns fail on each count. If China can get its urbanization right, it will have beneficial effects for decades to come. This lecture will describe the characteristics of urbanization that make for good cities, again looking at real world examples. 

This mini-course consists of four lectures: the potential for large-scale renewables; natural gas; urbanization in China; and, the best practice energy policies. The course will be interactive, and address real world dilemmas faced by policy makers as they try to reduce CO2 emissions and other adverse consequences of our energy production and consumption. You do not have to attend all sessions, but you must RSVP for the sessions you plan to attend.

Please RSVP by Friday, April 5, 5:00 p.m. RSVP here.