Current situation in Sichuan
A school chalkboard alone remains
School concept - bird's eye view
School concept - playground view

June 18, 2008

Help Rebuild Sichuan Schools Sustainably

On May 12, 2008 a catastrophic earthquake destroyed or severely damaged over 7400 schools and displaced millions of children in Sichuan and neighboring provinces in China.

Imagine sustainable buildings emerging from the rubble enabling students to return to schools that are safe and healthy, sunlit, energy efficient, and designed to anticipate lower cost renewable energy options in the future.

The China US Center for Sustainable Development envisions a safer and sustainable rebuilding of Sichuan’s schools – enhancing seismic safety, improving energy efficiency, reducing green house gas emissions, using healthy building materials and protecting local ecosystems – at an affordable cost so that these features can become a “standard” for future construction.

The Center needs your support as we seek this vision for the children of Sichuan and the planet. Please join this effort by making a tax-deductible donation today!

The Center has public-private partnerships already in place with China’s national and provincial authorities responsible for reconstruction – including the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, the Ministry of Education and the Sichuan Provincial Government. The design teams are in place in China and the US. The goals:

  • Design and construct a sample school in Sichuan Province, using a “Sustainable Schools Protocol” developed by a Design Team working in partnership with the China US Center for Sustainable Development;
  • Share information about the design and construction process, extend lessons learned, and create opportunities for collaboration;
  • Refine the design protocol and architectural system based on the experience gained in designing and constructing a school and working with stakeholders in China;
  • Extend training and technical assistance to local governments, school bureaus and designers/contractors in applying the design protocol and architectural system to other schools and public buildings in Sichuan Province and beyond.

The Center’s fundraising target for the project’s first phase is $2.5 million…and we need to move quickly while the time to make an impact is still before us. With your financial support this will happen.

You can make a contribution in several ways:

- Send a check to “Sichuan Schools – China US Center,” China US Center for Sustainable Development, One World Trade Center, 121 SW Salmon, Portland, Oregon, 97204.

- Wire transfer funds – please contact Joe Marcotte at the Center’s U.S. Secretariat for the account information.

- On-line, make a secure donation.

All contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of US law. The International Sustainable Development Foundation, the US Secretariat for the China US Center, is a 501© (3) non profit organization dedicated to helping create a world where commerce, communities and nature can thrive in harmony.

To offer your support or learn more, please contact in the US – Joe Marcotte (1-503-279-9383) and in China – Mr. Ping ZHONG (86-10-5888-4849).

Thank you!

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