Robert D. Steele
Tay Joo Hwa
Vinya S. Ariyaratne
Address & Contact:
5 Highview Drive, Woodbridge, Connecticut 06525-1933, USA
Phone: (203) 397-0898, Fax: (203) 389-5499; Cell (001) 203-376-2840
Major Positions Holding or Held:
- Executive Director of Yale-Tsinghua Environment and Sustainable
Development Leadership Program,2002 - Present;
- Associate Research Scientist (Sustainable Development, Executive
Education, Practice of Urban Ecosystem & Social Forestry, International
Development & Economics), Yale University, June 1998 – Present;
- Director, Yale University Sustainable Development Leadership Program
(SDLP) April 1999 – 2002;
- Co-Principle Investigator, Yale-SJTU Shanghai Ecocity (SHECO) for
the 21st Century, Sept 1996 - Present;
- Chief Representative, PCC Specialty Products, Inc. (USA), Shanghai
Office, Shanghai, China (April 2000- September 2002);
- Marketing Manager – Asia Pacific, PCC Specialty Products, Inc. (USA),
(February 1992- September 2002);
- Senior Research Scholar, Department of Environmental Science and
Engineering, Tsinghua University, Sept 2002 – Present;
- Vice President (Sustainable Development & Executive Education),
International Fund for China’s Environment, USA, Nov 2002 – Present;
- Adjunct Professor, School of Economics and Business Management,
Lanzhou University, 2002-Present;
- Member of Advisory, Research and Development Committee, Beijing
Forestry University, 2002-Present;
- Adjunct Associate Professor, State Kay Lab of Arid-agroecology,
Lanzhou University, 1996-2002;
- Consultant, United Nations Development Programme, 2001-2002;
- Adjunct Professor of Urban Ecosystem, Shanghai Jiao Tong University,
- Consultant, United Nations Development Programme & The World
- Advisor, Committee of China Urban Development Report
(CUDR), China Academy of Sciences, Sept. 2001- Present.
- Consultant, International and Development Economist – Asia and China
for The Altman Companies, USA (1984-1996); William-White & Co.,
USA (1986-1990); C&J Industries, Inc., USA (1985-1997); Vitramon
Inc., Thomas & Betts, USA (1987-1992) ; T. Sendzimir Engineering
Co., USA (1984-1995);
- Member of American Association for the Advancement of Sciences,
- Member of American Economist Association, USA;
- Member of Board of Development, Beijing Forestry University.
- 1995-1998 Yale University, Postdoctoral Associate
- 1989-1995 Yale University, Doctor of Forestry & Environment
Yale University, Master of Forestry Sciences (MFS)
Yale University, International & Development Economics (MA Honors)
Alliance College, Cambridge Springs, PA, USA (Industrial Management
and International Economics) (BS Honors)
Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China (Economics & English) (BA Honors)
Area of Expertise:
Dr. Yajie Song's current research and development focuses on environmental,
social and ecological sustainable development in China and the USA.
Improving the sustainability in human dominated habitats/ecosystems
is of his particular interest. Within his strength, he spends much
of his time on theories of sustainable development, co-management plans
of community lands, and to initiate, develop and implement capacity
building leadership programs for Chinese decision-makers from governments,
corporations, universities and NGOs.
His current research projects in China include: environment &
sustainable development leadership training – a joint program with Tsinghua
University and previously with Nanjing Forestry University, Shanghai
Jiao Tong University over a variety of topics concerning the wisdom
of the leaders regarding sustainable development, urban ecosystem theory
and assessment and industrial environmental management (with Aetna School
of Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University), water-harvesting in northwest
China (with Lanzhou University), upper Yangtze River watershed ecosystem
ecology (with Sichuan University), community forest management system
in southern rural China. Since the 1980s, he has conducted research
on the share-holding integrated forestry tenure system in Sanming prefecture,
Fujian Province, China. His research in this area is the one and only
most detailed and long-term monitoring of adaptation and evolution of
community land management systems.
In addition, Dr. Song has led (1990-2002) sustainable market research
and development for PCC-Reed Rico and PCC-Eldorado, divisions of PCC
Specialty Products, Inc., a US leading aerospace component manufacturer.
He also has worked as an expert of international and development economics
in Asia and Pacific regions and has advised several US corporations
during since mid-1980s.
- Yale-Tsinghua Environment for Sustainable Development
Program (ESDLP) – Dr. Song is the initiator and Executive Director
of the ESDLP that is geared to training of Chinese leaders including
governmental officials, senior executives, leaders from other public,
private and institutions and organizations. Both Yale and Tsinghua
are known “the cradles of top leaders” thanks to their influence over
the shaping of public policy and significant public works. Their
partnership exhibits a high level of academic authority and leadership
impact. Dr. Song is a crucial contributor of the Program. He has
envisioned the Program from its beginning and oversees its daily activities.
The first Seminar will focus on the construction of the 21st century’s
metropolis and cities due to China’s rapid progress of urbanization.
Mayors of cities with populations of 500,000 or more will participate,
co-organized by China State Environment Protect Administration (SEPA),
in the ESDLP Seminar in Beijing and Europe in May 30-June 20, 2004.
- China Urban Development Report (CUDR) - Dr. Song is co-initiator
and Member of Advisory Committee of China Urban Development Report
(CUDR). CUDR is a research NPO and NGO initiated in November 2001
by 15 senior scholars and researchers led by Professor NIU Wenyuan,
Chief Scientist of the Sustainable Development Group at Academy of
Science, People’s Republic of China. CUDR presents an annual report,
evaluating the performance and carrying capacity of sustainability
of over 668 Chinese cities by 10 major sustainable assessment metrics
and methods in Chinese and English. The report informs leaders of
China, of China’s ministries officials, congressmen and congresswomen,
governors, mayors and university presidents as well as selected international
- Special Project for Administrators and Researchers from Key-institutions
(SPARK) Project – Along with bringing Yale faculty to China, Dr.
Song and Associate Dean Geballe are devoted to bringing qualified
students to Yale. The Special Project for Administrators and Researchers
from Key-institutions exemplifies their efforts. Since the establishment
of the project in 1996, it has aimed at providing interdisciplinary
and environmental leadership education at Yale SFES for qualified
candidates from China. About ten students have either completed or
still conducting their studies at FES as Master’s, Ph.D., or visiting
scholars. The SPARK program continues to bring fresh minds into FES,
and likely is this program evolving into formal joint educational
programs with international universities in near future. Currently,
negotiation over the agreement is on-going.
- Sustainable Development Leadership Program – Shanghai Special
Industrial Environmental Management (IEM) Seminar – Dr. Song is
the Director of SDLP Shanghai Special IEM Seminar, an intensive executive
training course on environmental management, industrial ecology and
sustainable development. This Seminar was conducted in May 5-11,
2002 and co-organized by the Sustainable Development Leadership Program
and the Industrial Environment Management Program of Yale FES and
Aetna School of Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Forty-two
leaders from thirty-three corporations and organization in China participated
in the five-day seminar with constructive and inspiring feedback
- Sustainable Development Leadership Program (SDLP) – After
three year of planning and preparation, Dr. Song successfully launched
the first two sessions of Sustainable Development Leadership Program
in Nanjing, China, in 2000 and 2001 respectively. This program brought
together diversified and qualified participants who worked collaboratively
with program faculty to examine sustainable development from unconventional
perspectives to test new solutions and obtain feedback on implementation
strategies. SDLP has trained ninety-six leaders from governments,
corporations, universities, and other public and private sectors,
exhibiting an increasing respect and recognition in China. SDLP demonstrated
Yale’s significance and capacity in leadership training in China with
its quality education and research.
- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) -
Dr. Song was the Consultant to the China City Planning, Management
& Development for the 21st Century Program, the second largest
UNDP Project in China, which would set the development model for China’
medium and large cities in the 21st Century. He joined the Project
Feasibility Assessment Team as one of the two international experts.
He visited and evaluated the six selected pilot cities and provided
city-specific advice on eco-city designing and implementation. He
co-composed the Project Final Document for UNDP China and China International
Center for Economic & Technology Exchange, the UNDP acting agent
- Gaoyao International Symposium on Green Economy and Sustainable
Development – Dr. Song initiated and organized this symposium
in Gaoyao City, Guangdong Province of China. Over two hundred people
from southern China participated in the event. The Symposium established
a model for planning urban sustainable development and organizing
short-run international symposia in China’s middle-level cities.
This model and has been widely adopted.
- Share-holding Integrated Forestry Tenure (SHIFT) Project –
Dr. Song initiated SHIFT project during his study at Yale School of
Forestry & Environmental Studies in 1980s. “It is the system that
is termed SHIFT (Shareholding Forestry Tenure) by Yajie Song (1991,
1996), and his reporting on the system in Sanming Prefecture of Fujian
Province the most detailed account we have of the system” (John Bruce,
2000). Dr. Song continues to work on the project. During the summer
of 2001, he conducted new field research that revealed extensive changes.
The follow-up research paper has been published on Forest Ecology
and Management April 13 (2004).
- China Water Harvest Technologies (WHT) in Northwest China –
Dr. Song envisioned the collaboration between Yale SFES and Lanzhou
University and initiated this project in 1994. Hereafter, Education
Department of P. R. China funded seven Yale faculty visiting-groups
to Lanzhou University during 1996 and 1997. The project has been
sustained through intensified fieldwork by doctoral students and faculty
- Shanghai Ecocity for the 21st Century (SHECO) Project –
Dr. Song co-initiated the SHECO Project with Aetna School of Management
(ASOM) of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) in 1996. This project
is the first project on economic evaluation of urban ecosystem of
Shanghai, the biggest city of China, by ASOM of SJTU, one of the top
universities in China. Later, ASOM of SJTU broadened its research
and education from solely economic optimization to a combination of
economic and environmental balance. SHECO’s progress was highlighted
at SDLP Shanghai Special Seminar for Industrial Environment Management
in May 2002.
- United Nations Development Programme / The World Bank -
Dr. Song was Consultant to China Key Studies Development Project (CR.
2210-CA). He visited and assessed six Chinese national environment
research laboratories across the country in June 1997. He advised
on planning, management and development and co-authored “China Key-Study
Project Environment-Oriented Laboratory Evaluation Report” to the
World Bank, UNDP and Chinese Government.
Dr. Song has actively participated in teaching college students and
mid-career leaders in Asia, particularly China. Lecture topics include:
- Environment for Sustainable Development in Asia Pacific
- Theories, Methods, & Implementations of Sustainability
- Urban Planning, Management and Development in China
- Executive Education on Industrial Environmental Management
- Ecosystem Ecology & Social and Community Forestry in Asia
- Natural Resource Management and Systems in China
- Green Economy, Marketing & Global Green Supply Chain
- Sustainable Marketing Development and Investment in Asia
- Rural Natural Resources Management System Reform
- Yajie Song, Guoqian Wang, W.R. Burch, Jr., M. A. Rechlin, From Innovation
to Adaptation – Lessons from Twenty Years of SHIFT Forest Management
System in Sanming, China, Forest Ecology and Management 191/1-3
(2004): pp. 225-238.
- M.A. Rechlin, A.L. Hammett, W.R. Burch, Y. Song, Sharing the Wealth:
A Comparative Study of the Distribution of Benefits from Community
Forestry Management in Southern China and Nepal. Journal of Sustainable
Forestry, Volume 15 (2) 2002: 1-23.
- Yajie Song, William Burch, Jr., Gordon Geballe, Liping Geng. New
Organizational Strategy for Managing Southeast China’s Forests: the
Share Holding Integrated Forestry Tenure (SHIFT) System. Forest
Ecology and Management 91 (1997): 183-194.
- Yajie Song, “Share Holding Integrated Forestry Tenures—a Case from
South China”, UMI, University Microfilms International, Ann Arbor,
- Yajie Song, “The Experiment of the Share Holding Forestry Tenure
Management in Southern China”, A Research Paper presented to the IUFRO
Tsukaba Symposium, Japan, 1991.
- Theories, Methods and Practice of Sustainable Development
- Yajie Song, Wenyuan Niu, Graeme Berlyn. 3T, 3M & 3P—Core Questions
of Sustainable Development Leadership. Publication in process.
- World Bank and UNDP China Mission Report
- Jared Cohon, Yajie Song, Gordon Geballe, etc. Report to the UNDP
– China, World Bank, Rural and Social Operations Division on the Key
Studies Development Project by the Environmental Review Team, 13
- R. Von Burkard, Yajie Song, etc. Report to the UNDP-China and CICETE
on China City Planning, Management and Development of the 21 Century,
by the UNDP-CICETE Joint Evaluation Team, April 3, 2002.
- The detail list of publication and professional articles, presentations
are available upon request.