Join the Alliance in celebrating its 10th Anniversary with E2!

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  You’re invited to celebrate the 10th Anniversary

  of the China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance

   in conjunction with

  Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2)


The Road to Paris: China and the Upcoming Climate Negotiations 

Keynote Speech by Dr. Steven Chu, former U.S. Secretary of Energy,

followed by a panel discussion and reception

Date:  April 22, 2015
Time:  Starting at 5:30pm
Location: The Monaco Hotel, Paris Ballroom – 501 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA
Discounts for non-profits, government and students.

Space is limited so register today!

Alliance and E2 members receive complimentary tickets:

  • Alliance Partners, contact
  • E2 members, contact


About the speakers:

Dr. Steven Chu
Professor of Physics and Molecular & Cellular Physiology, Stanford University 
Former U.S. Secretary of Energy

Dr. Steven Chu is currently the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Stanford University.  Prior to his role at Stanford, Dr. Chu served as the 12th U.S. Secretary of Energy under President Barack Obama from January 2009 until April 2013, the longest serving Energy Secretary.  Dr. Chu is the co-winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize for Physics.

During Dr. Chu’s tenure at the Department of Energy, the U.S. and China announced several clean energy initiatives including the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center, Electric Vehicles Initiative, the Energy Efficiency Renewable Energy Partnership, 21st Century Coal, Shale Gas Resource Initiative, and the Energy Cooperation Program.

Henry Russell (Russ) Drinker, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Senior Vice President & Managing Principal, HOK (San Francisco)

Russ Drinker is a Senior Vice President and the Managing Principal of the San Francisco practice of HOK, joining the firm in 2012. Prior to that, Russ was the CEO of MBT Architecture, Inc. which was acquired by Perkins+Will in 2006, at which time he became the Managing Principal for the firm’s San Francisco office and the Regional Director of South East Asia.

In addition to his experience as a practice leader, Russ brings over 30 years of project experience in architecture and planning, providing leadership on a broad range of large-scale, innovative, and technically challenging projects with an emphasis on sustainable design.

Russ has been identified as one of the 101 Leaders in Sustainable City-Making and Theory by Steffen Lehmann in his 2010 publication “The Principles of Green Urbanism”. He is a Founding Member of the U.S. Resiliency Council, a SPUR Water Policy Board Member and an Executive Board Member of NaVorro Bowman’s 4th & Goal Foundation.

Thomas C. Heller
Executive Director, Climate Policy Initiative 

Thomas C. Heller has served as CPI’s Executive Director since its inception in 2009. Before founding CPI, Heller was a professor at Stanford University for thirty years, serving as the Shelton Professor of International Legal Studies, Senior Fellow at the Stanford Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment. An expert in law, economic development, and the performance of legal institutions, Professor Heller has focused his research on the rule of law, international climate control, global energy use, and the interaction of government and nongovernmental organizations in establishing legal structures in the developing world.

Since 1991, Heller has been increasingly engaged in research and applied policy studies in energy and climate, with a principal concern regarding developments in China, India, Mexico, Brazil, and other leading emerging markets. He was a contributing lead author for the IPCC on the Third and Fourth Assessment Reports, as well as a contributor to the Special Reports on Technology Transfer and Emissions Scenarios.

In 2008, Heller became a core team member directing Project Catalyst – an analysis-based project in support of the Copenhagen Climate process. Since March 2010, Professor Heller has also acted as the Vice-Chair of the Governing Board of the Global Green Growth Institute, with headquarters in Seoul, Korea.

Tseming Yang
Professor of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law

Before joining Santa Clara University School of Law, Professor Yang served as Deputy General Counsel of the US Environmental Protection Agency. In that capacity, he provided legal counsel to the EPA Administrator and other senior Agency leaders and supervised legal work on international and domestic environmental issues.

Prior to his EPA appointment, Professor Yang was a tenured member of the Vermont Law School faculty and led the establishment of the US-China Partnership for Environmental Law, a US AID and State Department-funded initiative to build China’s institutional capacity in environmental law and governance.

In 2009, the American Bar Association honored Professor Yang as a Distinguished Environmental Advocate. He served as a Fulbright Lecturer at Tsinghua University Law School in Beijing, China and is a member of the American Law Institute, the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law.

About the Moderator:

Barbara Finamore
Alliance President
Senior Attorney and Asia Director; Founder, China Program, NRDC

Barbara A. Finamore is a Senior Attorney and Asia Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Ms. Finamore founded NRDC’s China Program, which promotes innovative policy development, capacity building and market transformation in China with a focus on climate, clean energy, environmental protection and urban solutions. Ms. Finamore currently leads NRDC’s green ports project in China, which aims to reduce air pollution in southern China caused by marine port-related activities.

Ms. Finamore has had over thirty years of experience in environmental law and energy policy, with a focus on China for the past two decades. She has also worked in NRDC’s nuclear nonproliferation program, at the U.S. Departments of Justice and Interior, and for the United Nations Development Programme and the Center for International Environmental Law. Ms. Finamore served as President and Chair of the Professional Association for China’s Environment (PACE), and is the co-founder and President of the China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance, a nonprofit organization and public-private partnership that works with China to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency.


About the Organizers:

The China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to protecting human health and the global environment by working with China to harness energy efficiency as a preferred energy resource.  The initial idea for the Alliance was borne at an E2 Ecosalon when a team from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and leaders from the business community saw an opportunity to engage U.S. companies and utilities in a Public-Private Partnership to further the development of energy efficiency in China and share experience from the U.S.  As a Public-Private Partnership, the Alliance has been able to engage experts from business, government, academia and other groups in these efforts.  Official operations began in early 2005.

Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) is a national community of business leaders who promote sound environmental policy that builds economic prosperity. E2 is the independent business voice for the environment. We provide a non-partisan resource for understanding the business perspective on environmental issues. Working with our public and private partners, E2 advocates for state and national policy that’s good for the economy and good the environment.


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