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Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems director John Crittenden has been awarded the China Friendship award at a ceremony in the Hall of the People in Beijing on China Day. The award is given to recognize outstanding contributions made by foreign experts in China’s drive to modernize. It is the highest government award that can be given to non-citizens of China. One hundred experts from 31 different countries were given the award this year to commemorate the 70th year since the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Normally, 50 Friendship Awards are given each year on China Day. A total of 1,699 experts have received the award since it was established in 1991.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that the National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI) has been chosen to lead a large research and development effort called the Energy-Water Desalination Hub. This effort is targeted at addressing water security issues in the United States by developing innovative water treatment technologies that can make “non-traditional” water sources available for a wide range of potable and non-potable uses.