The U.S. Department of Energy greatly appreciates the participation of eight American cities in the U.S.-China Clean Energy for Sustainable Cities program. The program has recently brought together a delegation, which includes the mayors of Birmingham and Ft. Worth, the commissioner of Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio, and senior officials from San Francisco, Denver, Honolulu, Richmond and Charlotte. The delegation met with senior government and city officials in Beijing, as well as U.S. and Chinese companies, to promote U.S. businesses and advance the widespread adoption of advanced energy technologies in cities in China and the United States. With the support of Sister Cities International, the Department aims to strengthen ties between U.S. and Chinese cities to support the development and deployment of clean energy. As cities in both countries grow and change, this program encourages cities to collaborate and share best practices on appropriate trade and investment policies to promote the use of energy efficiency and renewable energy and create new opportunities for economic development and job creation.