[MUSIC PLAYING] MAX ZHANG: My name is Max Zhang. My work focuses on environmental and energy systems. And our goal is to make the world more a sustainable place. The community is a place where action can take place. But as in time, they often lack the resources to take action. So they are seeking partnership. They're seeking assistance.
I see one of the very important responsibility for an engineer is to work on socially responsible research. And I see the community as where my research can lead to actions rather than take a long time to realize. I'm working with the Tompkins County planning department to develop a energy road map to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in the country.
The idea here is we'll present this road map to show the community that's it's feasible that we rely on the local resources to achieve this 80% greenhouse gas emission reduction by 2050. We are almost finished, completed this work. And then the next question is whether we can develop similar strategies for other communities. So I'm working with security to develop an idea how we can take the lesson learned from this Thompkins County project to other counties for example and even around the world.
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From studying smog along Beijing’s streets to improving how U.S. interstate highways clear the exhaust to electrifying New York City parking spaces, Max Zhang, associate professor of engineering, adds verdancy to vibrant communities.