Allegra Fonda-Bonardi (冯乐然) is an American expert in urban sustainability and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investment. She directs the DeTao Sustainable Strategies Company (DSSC) in Shanghai and specializes in high-impact project development for Chinese internet-based urban sustainability models. She has extensive experience in China as a Fulbright-Hayes scholar (Beijing) and was selected as one of 8 scholars in the US for the Compton Mentor Fellowship for original research in 2011 (Lanzhou, central China). She was also awarded the David Love Memorial Prize for her research on pesticide management in Xinjiang, western China, in 2010. She holds a masters degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an undergraduate degree (Phi Beta Kappa) from Oberlin College (USA). She speaks and writes fluently in Mandarin, English, and Italian.

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The first step to achieving environmental accountability in China is to open up about just how much impact the country’s rapid growth is having. That means full environmental information disclosure from Chinese industries on the country’s physical environment and natural systems. This information disclosure is sometimes mandated by …

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