ACCELERATING CLIMATE IMPACT: Enhancing China-U.S. Collaboration & Investment Strategies

An idea exchange and learning journey for Chinese business executives to explore collaboration opportunities with California’s leading clean energy experts.

Program overview

The Accelerating Climate Impact: China-U.S. Collaboration and Investment Strategies Executive Education Program, organized by the California-China Climate Institute at UC Berkeley and CKGSB Americas, is a three-week long virtual learning journey for business executives and students to explore best-practices and potential collaboration, innovation, and investment opportunities between California and China.


  • equipping executives and leaders with forward-looking concepts of sustainable development and carbon neutrality;
  • sharing knowledge about managing corporate in the changing environment and society;
  • facilitating virtual high-level engagement with leaders and clean tech stakeholders; and
  • fostering business cooperation between California and China.

The program offers extensive opportunities for executives to engage with high-level exchange with key governmental agencies, clean energy companies in the United States, and connect with the faculty community in the University of California system, including UC Berkeley.

Program Curriculum

In the immersive program, including content-rich sessions and ample networking opportunities, executives will learn the major concepts and policies in California and China in clean energy innovation and put these concepts to work. The program curriculum covers the following topics:

  • Session I: Energy and Climate Policy
  • Session II: Climate Innovation
  • Session III: Climate Investment

Session I: Energy and Climate Policy

Session one will kick-off the program with high-level remarks from senior issue-experts from California and the U.S. sharing perspectives on tackling global climate change. This module will take a closer look at the latest climate science, U.S. and Chinese climate policy, climate risks and the nexus with COVID-19, and opportunities in energy efficiency and electrification.


Session II: Climate Innovation

Session two will focus on innovation opportunities and breakthrough technologies, including opportunities in California and China, long-term and net zero goals for business, and advanced technologies like carbon capture and storage.


Session III: Climate Investment

Session three will turn to corporate finance and sustainability principles and climate risk management, sustainable development and the economics of renewable energy, carbon markets, and clean technology investment opportunities.

Selected Faculty


Founding Dean, and Professor of China Business and Globalization, CKGSB

Li Haitao

Dean's Distinguished Chair Professor of Finance, and Associate Dean for Integrated MBA, CKGSB

Mei Jianping

Professor of Finance, and Academic Director for EMBA Program, CKGSB

Zhang Gang

Assistant Professor of Economics, CKGSB

Brian Viard

Associate Professor of Strategy and Economics, CKGSB


Dean and Professor of Rausser College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Tina LI

Head of Social Impact, Dropbox

Edward A. PARSON

Dan and Rae Emmett Professor of Environmental Law, and Faculty Co-Director of Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, UCLA


George Pardee Jr. Professor of International Sustainable Development, UC Berkeley


UC Berkeley

From a group of academic pioneers in 1868 to the Free Speech Movement in 1964, Berkeley is a place where the brightest minds from across the globe come together to explore, ask questions and improve the world.