Rapid economic growth has led to unprecedented environmental and health problems in China that extend far beyond its borders. China urgently needs leaders to implement and enforce environmental laws and regulations, as well as policymakers and educators to develop the next generation of environmental advocates.

The U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law was founded in 2006 to further the work of governmental and private organizations that address critical environmental and energy challenges; improve policy, law, and regulation; and develop sustainable best practices in environmental protection and energy regulation. Partnership programs enhance public participation and educate leaders through advocacy, policy, research, capacity building, and student opportunities.