About the Authors

Julian L. Wong (黄立安), Founder and Editor
Julian founded The Green Leap Forward in December 2007.  He is the founding chair of the Beijing Energy Network, a grassroots community for energy professionals in Beijing that he initiated in 2008 as a Fulbright Scholar in China.  He is currently an attorney in the Silicon Valley, California specializing in venture finance and corporate governance for emerging sustainability-themed enterprises.  Previously, he was a policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Energy for China affairs, and a senior policy analyst of energy and climate policy at the Center for American Progress, a Washington, D.C. think tank.  He has testified before the U.S. Congress on U.S. and Chinese energy policies and has been widely quoted in the media on clean energy and climate change topics.  Julian was also the author of the solar coaster, a now-dormant blog dedicated to solar energy policy and technology.  He spent most of his life in Asia, including virtually all of his formative years prior to college in Singapore.  Julian holds a B.A. in Biology from Pomona College and a M.A for environmental policy and J.D. from Duke University.  Julian manages GLF’s official twitter feed, which you can follow @greenleapfwd

CBoyleChristine E. Boyle(白丽), Contributor
Christine has over 15 years of experience navigating China’s business and environmental landscapes. She received her PhD in environmental planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011 and is currently the CEO of Blue Horizon Insight, an analytics firm focused on mitigating companies’ water-related risks in China. Dr. Boyle spent 2008 – 09 as a Fulbright Fellow at the Chinese Academy of Science examining the changing nature of irrigation development in the Yellow River Basin.  Dr. Boyle’s expertise includes sustainable agricultural development, the fiscal policy of water distribution, and the political economy of irrigation management.  She has worked on numerous environmental projects in China including being the primary environmental planner for a waterfront development project in Qingdao, publication of The Grain Drain, and a World Bank irrigation governance project. In 2008 she worked with Beijing’s Institute for Public and Environmental Affairs to develop the Green Choice Alliance, a public-private partnership between major multinational manufacturers, local governments and their China-based suppliers. She has published and presented widely on food security, water policy, and environmental issues in China and the United States.  Follow Christine on twitter @bhi_waterchina

sunglassesJohn Romankiewicz, aka “Sustainable John”, Contributor
Sustainable John has been with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory since October 2011. He serves as a senior research associate with the China Energy Group, working on projects related to energy efficiency program evaluation, microgrids, and policy analysis. Prior to joining that group, John spent a year at the U.S. Department of State Office of Global Change, where he advised the Special Envoy for Climate Change on China issues and coordinated clean energy and climate cooperation programs under the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, including the EcoPartnerships program. From 2008-2010, John worked for Bloomberg New Energy Finance in Beijing and New York as a senior analyst, covering the CDM market and China’s power sector. In 2007, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study renewable energy development in China and produced a bilingual video podcast on called China’s Green Beat. In 2006, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering from Northwestern University. In his free time, Sustainable John is working on his food bike start-up “Jian Bing Johnny’s” and his first full-length album of eco-raps entitled “Carbon Dropout”.  Follow John on twitter @sustainablejohn


Last updated January 2013

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Comments (18)

Comments (18)

  1. Fairman Jun.18.2008@6:17 pm Reply

    Hi there. Really interesting blog you have there. Will be coming back for more of your juicy articles. Do add me in your blogroll : http://www.maple3.com/. Cheers!

  2. Fairman Jun.21.2008@10:23 am Reply

    Hey Julian. Thanks for the addition on the blogroll.
    There is this event called lights out happening in Shanghai and Beijing.
    You can cover it too. I will be covering my event at my blog. Cheers.

  3. tony lovell Aug.8.2008@12:21 pm Reply

    Hello Julian
    Most of us are only being shown half of the picture when looking at global warming. Nearly all of the discussion is about reducing future emissions – next to none is about dealing with the fact that we already have too much CO2 up there in the atmosphere and how to get it back out of circulation. We have been sending out the following for the past 18 months or so and are now starting to get some traction.

    There are 2 critical aspects to addressing global warming and reversing desertification.

    1 – reduce future emissions – for this TECHNOLOGY is absolutely essential.

    2 – absorb the current excess legacy loadings already in circulation – for this BIOLOGY is absolutely essential.

    The simple truth is that probably half of the current problem has been directly caused by inappropriate human management of our land. Changing this management can have an immediate impact as the presentation linked to below shows.

    There is growing concern for significant action within the next 18 months to avoid catastrophic climate change. Please take a few minutes and look through the presentation on Soil Carbon. Very few people are aware of Soil Carbon and the critical role it can play in helping to reverse the impacts of global warming.

    Did you know that just a 1% change in soil organic matter across just one-quarter of the World’s land area could sequester 300 billion tonnes of physical CO2?

    Recent Australian studies have shown that a 1% change can occur within a few years – and in fact up to 4% changes were measured in some areas. The management changes required to achieve these increases are very readily implemented. I hope you find the attached presentation of interest. There are Spanish, Mexican, Italian, English, Portuguese, Japanese and German versions on our website.


    Boosting soil organic matter levels is one of the only real ways to deal with the existing excess legacy load of carbon dioxide currently in the atmosphere.

  4. Gwiseon An Oct.28.2008@8:34 pm Reply

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    Hi there! How is it going?

    I am an intern at Edenbee(www.edenbee.com) I’ve just popped in your blog and I loved it! Have you ever heard about edenbee before? Well, to sum up we are a green social networking site for people who want to reduce their carbon footprint. There are plenty of green stuff which you can have a look and also you can give some good ideas about enviromental issues or whatever to share with other people. Just visit our website then you will know what I’m talking about then you will like it!
    It would be great to be associated with you as you are from different country, China.(In fact, I’m from Korea) We’re trying to build a community and would be great to be bloged on your blogroll! Let me know if you are interested.

    Send us a mail at info@edenbee.com
    I look forward to hearing from you

    Thank you


  5. Jesse Oct.29.2008@12:38 am Reply

    Julian, great work you are doing here. We would love for your to take a look at the new project of Chinese artist Xu Bing. He is working to raise money for reforestation in Kenya through the project website http://www.forestproject.net

  6. Sabrina Dec.12.2008@11:32 am Reply

    Would anyone please provide the email address of Julian Wong?

  7. peter Feb.11.2009@1:42 pm Reply

    no info on geothermal energy which is in my view a very viable alternative to many other green energies. Raser technologies is one of those breathrough technologies, BTW. 5n plus (Canada) is an interesting player in the solar industry as well.

  8. Hugo Nov.19.2009@5:52 pm Reply

    Hi, Julian
    Just to give you a chortle in the office today – the latest episode of Rap News, on the topics of Copenhagen and Climate Change.


    Be well and keep leaping

  9. jim rothstein Feb.25.2010@5:11 pm Reply

    Hi Julian:

    Are you aware of any recent developments

    -Jiangsu/State of Calif MOU (signed in October, 2009) [Steering Committee forming; heard about C3]

    -China/US – CERC – Clean Energy Research (signed, November 2009)


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