SAN FRANCISCO, May 2, 2009 - Held at the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, Asia Society Northern California's sixth Annual Dinner honored three remarkable individuals in the fields of environmental sustainability, green cities, and urban design in the US and Asia. The honorees were Vincent Lo, Chairman & CEO of the Shui On Group (developer of Xintiandi in Shanghai), for business; John Bilmon, Managing Director, PTW Architects (designer of the Watercube for the 2008 Beijing Olympics), for arts and culture; and Robert Scalapino, Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley, for education.
The Dinner featured a conversation on environmental degradation and climate change between the honorees and Dr. Jay Ogilvy, Dean of the Presidio School of Management; Dr. Art Rosenfeld, Commissioner, California Energy Commission; and Dr. Thomas Gold, ASNC board member and Berkeley Professor of Sociology. Despite the economic downturn, the Annual Dinner raised over $250,00 for the Northern California Center and attracted more than 300 guests.
Annual Dinner Co-chairs and ASNC Advisory Board Members included Senator Dianne Feinstein and Richard Blum, Mike and Iris Chan, Carmen Chang, Pam and Richard Kramlich, Reiko and Chong-Moon Lee, David W. Lyon, Charlotte and George Shultz, Susy and Jack Wadsworth, Ruth and Kenneth Wilcox, Judy Wilbur, and Wayne Snyder and Kyung Yoon. Additional board members in attendance included Dipti Mathur and her husband Rakesh, Mona Lisa Yuchengco, Lenny Mendonca, and Sanjiv Sanghvi.
The Northern California Center's 2009 Annual Dinner and accompanying green building conference were the first in a series of Center activities dedicated to sustainability. Events planned for the future include a conference on the clean tech revolution in China and the US, programs on Asia's environmental future, financing clean tech in the economic downturn, and preserving biodiversity in China, as well as a mini-series focusing on water issues in the US and Asia.
Reported by Amanda Huffman, Asia Society Northern California
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