Utah-Qinghai

Concept: 

Utah-Qinghai EcoPartnership aims to establish a State-Provincial public-private innovation alliance to foster technology cooperation, joint IP development, and demonstration projects.

Recent Achievements:

On September 26, 2017, Qinghai Province and the State of Utah signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to deepen and expand cooperation begun in 2011 under the Qinghai-Utah EcoPartnership for another three years. It advances mutual prosperity through ongoing environmental cooperation among Qinghai and Utah businesses, universities, cities, counties, and districts and through a public-private innovation alliance, “The Utah-Qinghai Alliance,” to foster technology cooperation, joint intellectual property (IP) development, and demonstration projects. The cooperation will also focus on the protection of Sanjiangyuan National Park. 

Completed 8 research and development projects funded by Qinghai Provincial Science and Technology Department.
 

Inexpensive slow-sand biofilter technology demonstrated in two villages that rely on rain collection for potable water – developed by Purdue University and deployed by Purdue and Utah Universities.

 
Utah-Qinghai Joint High Altitude Medical Lab constructed in 2015; nationally recognized and given 30 million RMB by NDRC/MOST/QH GOV.
 
Utah-Qinghai-Purdue Joint Water/Soil Resource Lab in planning stage
 
Hosted Ambassador Baucus’s visit to Qinghai in May 2015; highlighted EcoPartnership progress.
 
Work Plan: 
Task 1
Qinghai’s Most Energy-Efficient and Cost-Effective Housing: Research, integrated design, construction and post-occupancy monitoring of affordable and highly energy-efficient government financed public housing in Qinghai Province.
Task 2
Examines environmental ills affecting Qinghai’s water quality in an extended and cooperative setting.
Task 3
Develop a student, student-faculty innovation program - Utah-Qinghai Green Innovation Fellowship Program.