Stephen Shen, minister of Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Administration, spent Tuesday exploring New Jersey for new sustainable development ideas for his country.
Shen was the guest of Sustainable Jersey, and toured several examples of municipalities succeeding in green certification.
“New Jersey and Taiwan, we are similar places with a lot to learn from each other,” Shen said. “I am looking forward to furthering exchanges in green energy and green business, and also pioneering new and better ways to coordinate higher levels of government and local communities.”
Stops in Woodbridge, Lawrence Township, Lawrenceville and West Windsor were on the agenda, including a visit to Ben Franklin Elementary School, which has a sister school in Taiwan.
Delegates from Sustainable Jersey traveled to Taipei in June to learn best practices on climate and energy issues. The exchange trip was supported by the federal Environmental Protection Agency through an agreement with the American Institute in Taiwan.