Dr. Maurie J. Cohen, associate professor in the department of chemistry and environmental science and the department of humanities, has accepted an appointment on a Task Force on Green Development and Sustainable Consumption in China. The Task Force is an initiative of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED). Established in 1992 with the approval of the Chinese government and funded by several national governments, CCICED is an advisory body of senior Chinese and international officials with a mandate to conduct research on major issues in the field of environment and development in China and to put forth policy recommendations to the Government of China on promoting sustainable development and scientific decision-making processes. CCICED reports to the State Council and is chaired by China's Vice Premier, Mr. Li Keqiang. Other international members of the Task Force are from the European Environment Agency, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Wuppertal Institute (Germany), the World Wildlife Fund, and the University of Lund (Sweden).