Being selected as an EcoPartnership is a great achievement. It is highly competitive, and only a handful of new EcoPartnerships are chosen annually among dozens of applications. These select few are afforded high-profile recognition and custom-tailored support by a dedicated EcoPartnership Secretariat.
Roles and Responsibilities of the EcoPartnership Secretariat
The Secretariat that oversees the program is staffed by officials who keep in regular contact with the EcoPartnerships, helping them navigate unexpected hurdles and identify ways to promote and gain recognition for their work. Although no funding is provided, support is tailored and could include, but is not limited to:
- Arranging visits by delegations to EcoPartnership demonstration sites;
- Securing presentation opportunities at major events, such as the U.S.-China Climate Leaders’ Summit;
- Issuing official public relations announcements;
- Heralding accomplishments in speeches by senior leaders; or
- Connecting participants to outside resources. In September 2015, the Secretariat worked with The American Institute of Physics to publish a special volume of its acclaimed Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy that featured in-depth articles on 15 EcoPartnerships, giving their work a far larger audience (circulation of 35,000 readers) than might otherwise be possible!
Roles and Responsibilities of EcoPartnerships
In exchange for support from the Secretariat, EcoPartnerships publicly share non-business sensitive insights from their projects to help foster broader replication in the U.S. and China. Throughout the program, EcoPartnerships are required to fulfill the following requirements in order to remain Active:
- Commit: Sign a Statement of Intent at a prestigious signing ceremony during the U.S. – China Strategic & Economic Dialogue that is headlined by top officials and covered by the media.
- Act: Develop and execute a work plan over the next three years that fulfills the concept proposed in the application. The Secretariat will provide support along the way.
- Share: Work with the Secretariat to widely promote successes through the course of the EcoPartnership. Partake in program events, post lessons learned in social media and the program website, speak at events, publish articles and / or pursue other opportunities that will inspire peers in both countries to take action.
They graduate upon satisfactory completion of their pilot projects.
Consider joining the ranks of these outstanding organizations by forming a new EcoPartnership! There must be at least one organization from the U.S. and from China that work together to achieve more as a team than either can do on their own. There is no fee to apply, but those selected must have the resources necessary to demonstrate their innovative concept. Another option is to simply reach out to any organizations already in the program and explore how you might get involved with their work. Full details on how apply are available here.
“We are harnessing the ingenuity and innovation of the private sector, universities and civil society in order to promote economic growth, energy security and environmental sustainability. Our EcoPartnerships program is a tremendous jumping-off point to help us do exactly what we need to do in those three objectives.” – Secretary of State John Kerry EcoPartnerships Signing Ceremony July 2014.