Who We Are...

The China Partnership of Greater Philadelphia (CPGP) is a non-profit organization that promotes collaboration – primarily on public/private clean technology initiatives – between Philadelphia and the People’s Republic of China. Its objective is to accelerate job creation, attract investment, and support clean technology business flows through strategic linkages between Greater Philadelphia and China. CPGP harnesses the Greater Philadelphia region’s exceptional academic, government, cultural and business resources to leverage regional and national initiatives in both countries.

Federal Mandate

The federal mandate won by Philadelphia that created the $129-million Energy Efficient Building Hub (EEB Hub; formerly the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster, or GPIC) to radically improve energy efficiency of buildings.


The City of Philadelphia’s 30-year old official Sister City relationship with Tianjin, China. Tianjin, the fastest-growing Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in China, also has a national mandate for clean energy leadership under China’s 11th and 12th Five-Year Plans CPGP is working with the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/SEP), the highly respected economic development agency, to expand their access to research conducted at Chinese universities and to facilitate the two-way flow of clean technology research, trade and investments between China and the United States. CPGP is also acting as intermediary between Mayor Nutter of Philadelphia and Mayor Huang of Tianjin for a strategic initiative supporting the Philadelphia Orchestra and other cultural institutions.


The $150 million U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) program, with a dedicated building energy efficiency initiative led by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) in the US and the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) in China

Our Team

Dr. Merrit T. "Terry" Cooke


Terry Cooke is a seasoned practitioner of Asian cross-border business and investment in clean energy and related high-tech fields. For the cleantech frontier in China, Terry brings broad context, unique insight, and an unparalleled range of contacts. Across the spectrum of technology innovation, Terry has decades of Asian in-country engagement at the ministerial level of government, with the private sector’s C-suite, and with the world’s premiere multi-stakeholder organization at Davos.