Spring 2014 Internship Opportunity!

Position Description:

The Alliance is seeking an intern to work directly with the Alliance Program Manager and the Executive Director on a variety of activities. This is an exciting opportunity for the selected intern to gain valuable hands-on experience in program management, website development, report preparation and event planning. The intern will also learn about current environmental, social, cultural, and political issues affecting China and the U.S., especially pertaining to energy policy and air pollution.

Specific tasks will involve writing and programming, such as:  Drafting and editing correspondence, fundraising materials, newsletters, monthly reports; Managing and updating the Alliance website via WordPress;  Social networking via the Alliance’s Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook accounts;  Assisting with Alliance databases management.

The intern will support the Alliance initiatives, which may include: Research for Alliance social media postings, monthly reports and any requests of information from Alliance partners; Support for the planning and execution of events, such as roundtables, Chinese delegation study tours, webinars, internal meetings and other special programs.

Skills Required:

The position requires excellent organizational, writing and computer skills. The candidate should be:

  • highly computer literate, with experience with WordPress and programming;
  • proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), as well as various social media platforms;
  • very organized, professional and detail-oriented in order to provide high-level support;
  • able to multitask, work independently and contribute to a team effort.

A strong interest in Energy Efficiency issues is preferred, but not required.

Internship Details:

This is an unpaid position, but the successful candidate can get academic credit if permitted by their school. Candidates should be available to work 10-20 hours per week. Internship will be for the duration of the Spring 2014 semester (till end of May), with possibility of extension. The Alliance is located in the financial district of San Francisco. Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply.

To Apply:

Please submit your resume and cover letter via email with the subject line: “Alliance Internship Spring 2014” to Winston Gilcrease at info@chinauseealliance.org by Weds, February 5, 2014

China’s Factory Owners Look for Energy Savings

Workers at the Seagate Technology International (Wuxi) factory. Photo: Robert Scoble

Workers at the Seagate Technology International (Wuxi) factory. Photo: Robert Scoble

Great article on how factories in China are using energy efficiency as a viable method to cutting operating costs. “Kevin Chang, general manager of Concord Ceramics, based in Dongguan in Guangdong province, told Businessweek that his labour costs have doubled and the exchange rate is less favourable. He sees increasing energy efficiency as one way to shore up the bottom line.”

Read more here, including a highlight from Taryn Sullivan, Founder/CEO of the Efficiency Exchange and member of the Alliance’s Technical Advisory Group (TAG).

Exciting upcoming event with Ma Jun (China’s renowned environmental activist) presented by the Asia Society and the NRDC


Courtesy of The Goldman Prize

Asia Society Northern California (ASNC), in partnership with the NRDC, will host Ma Jun, a renowned environmental activist from China, in an expert dialogue. He will be joined by Sharla Settlemier of Nike, Linda Greer of NRDC, and Lenny Mendonca of McKinsey. The panel discussion will be moderated by Melanie Nutter of San Francisco’s Department of Environment and will focus on the environmental impact of factories in China, and how both government and corporate entities are working to make their supply chains more sustainable.

“China’s Environmental Future: An Expert Dialogue with Ma Jun”
Monday, November 4, from 6-7:30 PM
Bechtel Conference Center, 500 Washington Street, San Francisco

To register for the program: http://asiasociety.org/northern-california/events/chinas-environmental-future-expert-dialogue-ma-jun

See you there!

Mark Ginsberg (Alliance Leadership Council) interview on ZEBs

Mark GinsbergThe Alliance’s Leadership Council member, Mark Ginsberg, gave an excellent interview about Zero Energy Buildings (ZEBs) to the BBC.  The ZEB project is located in Singapore, where they have a national target of greening at least 80% of their buildings by 2030.  Click Here to watch the interview.

Mark Ginsberg serves as Principal of Ginsberg Green Strategies, LLC and Senior Fellow at the US Green Building Council. 

Unprecedented climate change MOU between China and California!

NDRC-California MOU signing. Photo by Brad Alexander

NDRC-California MOU signing. Photo by Brad Alexander

The MOU was signed by California Governor Jerry Brown and China’s top climate official, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) Vice Chairman Xie Zhenhua. We are excited for the new opportunities for cooperation this will bring between China and California in the energy efficiency sector.

We also would like to thank those who worked tirelessly to bring this important MOU into fruition, including two of China-US Energy Efficiency Alliance Leadership Council members, Robert Weisenmiller (Chair, California Energy Commission) and Jiang Lin (Senior Vice President, Energy Foundation). Read more about the MOU here: http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=18205