The TSDM Cohort investigated environmental protection efforts in Lijiang. Nestled between mountains, rivers, and springs in the northwest of the province, Lijiang is famous for its ancient old town (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and the natural beauty of its surrounding environment. As the region has become more popular and accessible for tourists, the city faces new challenges to protect its iconic natural landscape.
TSDM students were hosted by the Green Education Center, a local non-profit organization devoted to fostering environmentally sustainable and socially responsible behavior in the local community. Our in depth interviews with the Center’s Director, Chen Yongsong, as well as Center staff, provided a comprehensive overview of the development of the center, the NGO landscape and many environmental challenges in the region.