Resources to Expand US-China Collaboration on Sustainability

Seattle, Washington – September 4, 2014 On the occasion of the Bo’ao Conference in Seattle, Washington, the 100,000 Strong Foundation today announced the launch of its Environmental Action Plan. The Action Fund will help stand up and grow project-based learning on issues related to environmental sustainability.  Specifically, the Foundation will support programs that bring American and Chinese students together to develop collaborative solutions to key environmental challenges faced by both countries.

The United States and China, the two largest economies in the world, respectively, are responsible for almost half of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. From air and water pollution, desertification and deforestation, biodiversity and food security, both the United States and China face serious environmental problems that have global impact. In other words, environmental sustainability is a shared challenge.

“This year’s Bo’ao Forum shines a light on the need for global collaboration and solutions to climate change,” said Carola McGiffert, president of the Foundation. “Climate change and environmental degradation are long-term global challenges.  We must not only show the political will to tackle them head on today, but we must also ensure that our next generation of leaders in both countries is prepared to solve perhaps the most urgent global crisis of our time.”

The Foundation raises private sector funds to support projects that put American and Chinese youth together to tackle specific environmental challenges in innovative ways. The Foundation solicits proposals from leading US and Chinese environmental organizations and academic institutions. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.

The first round of grant recipients will be announced in late Fall 2014. For more information, please contact the Foundation at


About the 100,000 Strong Foundation

Our mission is to strengthen US-China relations through Mandarin language learning and study abroad.  The Foundation is leading a national movement to ensure that the next generation of Americans is equipped to engage effectively with China.

The 100,00 Strong Foundation engages US and Chinese government, business and academic communities in our efforts to expand the number and diversity of Americans studying Mandarin and studying abroad in China.  We invest in strategic partnerships at the state and local level, and mobilize a robust group of student ambassadors to promote the Foundation’s mission at the grassroots level. The 100,000 Strong Foundation is recognized as an organization of excellence and enjoys the strong support of U.S. and Chinese private and public sector partners. For more information, visit

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