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Kevin Mo, NRDC Alum, Beijing, China

Kevin Mo

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China scores at the World Cup

Posted July 12, 2010 by Kevin Mo in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Greening China, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment

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Although it is the world’s most populous country, China’s only FIFA World Cup appearance was in 2002.  China lost all three games in the first round and scored zero goals. The pathetic team has become a national joke. Still, Chinese...continued

A Sea Change in China's Building Retrofit Market

Posted July 2, 2010 by Kevin Mo in Curbing Pollution, Greening China, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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China has 43 billion square meters of existing buildings—about 470 billion square feet. Mr. Yan, Deputy Department Chief of Social Development under the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), noted this in his opening address to 500 plus attendees at...continued

A Historic Moment: USGBC and China GBC signed MOU

Posted April 1, 2010 by Kevin Mo in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Greening China, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment

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In a hotel not far from the Beijing Olympic Stadium, affectionately named the Bird’s Nest, the CEO of he U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Mr. Rick Fidrizzi, and the Chairman of China’s Green Building Council (CBGC), Mr. Youwei Wang, signed...continued

From Gray to Green: GHG Emissions Reduction Potential in China’s Building Sector

Posted December 9, 2009 by Kevin Mo in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Greening China, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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After more than 16-hours of air travel I finally landed at midnight in Hopenhagen, the new eponym given to Copenhagen, where UN Climate Change Conference/COP 15 is now underway; some two hundred national leaders have gathered in the hope of  reaching...continued

Citius, Altius, Fortius: China to pursue world’s tallest green building

Posted October 9, 2009 by Kevin Mo in Green Enterprise, Greening China, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games have become history, but the Olympic spirit of "Citius, Altius, Fortius" appears to have been instilled into China's building industry. The 2009 Green Building and Energy Efficiency International Conference hosted by McGraw-Hill Construction in Shanghai...continued

Unwavering Determination: Low-Carbon Reconstruction after Earthquake

Posted September 30, 2009 by Kevin Mo in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Greening China, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Ever imagine an airport that serves only one route with only one flight that only operates on Monday, Wednesday and Friday? Welcome to Guangyuan in Sichuan Province, a city with 2200-plus years of history. Situated on a flattened top of...continued

Go with wind: China to dramatically boost its wind power capacity, again

Posted July 21, 2009 by Kevin Mo in Green Enterprise, Greening China, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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China keeps revising its renewable energy target for 2020--so frequently and dramatically that just when you feel you finally managed to track all the target numbers and to put them on paper, the numbers become history. China first announced its...continued

A Tale of Two Countries: Secretary Chu Spoke on Climate Change at Tsinghua University

Posted July 20, 2009 by Kevin Mo in Curbing Pollution, Greening China, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Two days before Energy Secretary Steven Chu gave a speech at Tsinghua University, the top Chinese science and engineering school where I taught building science 15 years ago, a U.S. Embassy intern sent an email offering seats to the first...continued

China Launches National Green Building Label Campaign

Posted June 25, 2009 by Kevin Mo in Green Enterprise, Greening China, Solving Global Warming

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On this surprisingly steamy, 102-degree day in Beijing, more than 400 green building experts from across China gathered in a hotel to launch the 3-star Chinese Green Building Label campaign. Two years ago, China's Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development...continued

In Green, We Build--China to Build 10,000 Green Hotels in Four Years

Posted June 19, 2009 by Kevin Mo in Greening China

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When you talk about China, you have to think big, really big. China's Ministry of Commerce just announced that China will try to build 10,000 green hotels by 2012. How big is this goal? China opened less than 400 new...continued

Beijing's High-Polluting Vehicle Phase-Out Plan Seems to be Working

Posted June 19, 2009 by Kevin Mo in Curbing Pollution, Greening China, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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Air quality of Beijing was a focal point both before and during the Olympic Games. After the Olympics, the topic faded out of the media, but Beijing is still working hard to keep the sky blue. According to the Beijing...continued

Measuring Temperature--LEED in China

Posted June 5, 2009 by Kevin Mo in Green Enterprise, Greening China

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Nine years ago, I participated in a series of workshops organized by NRDC and Carnegie Mellon on designing China's first green building (now called the Agenda 21 building). At that time, the term green building was merely known to China...continued

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