If you’re free in Shanghai Thursday night, you might consider … “Shanghai: A Green and Sustainable City?”

A quick note to let interested readers in Shanghai know that – Thursday night, June 10 – I’m taking part in a panel discussion, sponsored by the Shanghai Foreign Correspondents Club, examining the notion of Shanghai as a green and sustainable city. In addition to me, the panel will include Tori Zwisler, the founder and director of the Shanghai branch of Roots & Shoots, and Raefer Wallis, the director of the A00 architecture firm and founder of GIGA, which promotes the use of green building materials in China. Additional info, here. Details, below:

Shanghai: A Green and Sustainable City?

Thursday, June 10 – 19:00

Nova, 418 Dagu Lu, near Chengdu Bei Lu (6340 1889)

Admission: Members free; Non-members 50 RMB

It should be an interesting discussion – the other two speakers are excellent – and timely: Shanghai’s Expo 2010 (World’s Fair) has, amongst its many goals, sustainability. Though I don’t want to tip my hand too much, I do think that the layout and execution of the 5 sq km Expo works as a nice, mostly positive, metaphor for Shanghai’s current and future development. In addition to Expo, I’ll also have something to say about the role of recycling, waste, and Shanghai’s proudly independent community of hundreds of thousands of scrap peddlers, and their role (BIG) in fulfilling the city’s sustainable goals. Hope to see you there.