Sustainability Updates

An interdisciplinary dialogue at CityU

July 2015

Current Updates

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Thai Delegation Visit

On 16 June 2015, a delegation of senior administrators from nine universities in Thailand paid a visit to CityU and exchanged views with our representatives on challenges in developing a sustainability agenda in a university context. Discussion topics included campus operations, planning and budgeting, teaching and learning, and research. The delegates were especially interested in CityU’s collaborative approach in promoting sustainability across the campus and beyond.

Sustainability Dialogue Series – Roof Gardens

The aim of the Sustainability Dialogue Series, newly launched by the Provost Office, is to encourage faculty, staff and students across the disciplines to participate in open dialogue and collaboration relating to sustainability issues and to present constructive ideas for campus sustainability. The first Dialogue on the theme of roof gardens on 11 June 2015 included such interesting ideas as the possibility of growing both vertical and horizontal gardens on the CityU campus.

The China Green Campus Forum

On 19 June 2015, over 70 academics, professionals and business leaders from the environment, design and architecture sectors, along with secondary school students and teachers, attended The China Green Campus Forum. The Forum was co-organized by China Green Building Council and CityU to share insights on green building development and campus sustainability in Hong Kong and the East Asia region.

Seven approved Environment and Conservation Fund Projects in 2014

CityU faculty members won a total of HK$5.7 million in the 2014 Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF) application exercise. The seven approved ECF projects cover a wide range of topics: incentives for reducing household carbon emissions, high capacity battery materials, a vehicle waste heat recovery system, incentives for investing in energy efficiency, a smart bus distribution model, seafood waste, and an eco-feedback platform.

Receiving an International Grant for Climate Change Governance

Dr. Maria Francesch of the Department of Public Policy has been awarded a research grant of HK$450,000 by Konrad Adenauer-Stiftung (Germany) (KAS) for the development of a cross-disciplinary study entitled “Transnational Climate Change Networks: New Forms of Authority or Mobilization Mechanisms to Secure Consent?”. The study will investigate how climate networks collaborate transnationally to mitigate climate change and produce transformational policies.

Enhancing the Awareness of Social Sustainability through Discussions on Global Leadership

The Jury for the 2015 Tällberg Foundation Global Leadership Prize discussed the question of leadership in today’s world and reached a consensus that diversity, locality and global relevance are important elements defining global leadership. Professor Linda Li, Associate Provost (Strategic Planning) of CityU, is one of the eight Jurors.

Looking Ahead


CityU as an Innovation Partner of the Jockey Club CarbonCare Open Innovation Lab

Responding to an open call, 30 faculty members, students and staff members are joining the CarbonCare Open Innovation Lab (COIL) to work with other community stakeholders on sustainability challenges. COIL is funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust to create the first multi-sector Open Innovation Community in Hong Kong that produces and applies high-impact solutions at either business or community levels. The three major themes of this year are climate mitigation, climate adaptation and resource conservation.

Sustainability-related Seminars/Conferences

“Communication/Culture and Sustainable Development Goals (CCSDG). Challenges for a New Generation”

Co-organized by Chiang Mai University, City University of Hong Kong and Connect4Climate (C4C), an international conference on the theme of “Communication/Culture and the Sustainable Development Goals (CCSD). Challenges for a New Generation” is now calling for submission of abstracts until 15 July 2015. The conference will be held at Chiang Mai University, Thailand between 17 and 21 December 2015.

Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF)

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Biodiversity and Sustainability: Cultivating Citizen Scientists at CityU

TAB2@CityU is a citizen scientist project to encourage the University community to appreciate our natural environment. The team will design a biodiversity trail on campus and CityU faculty, staff and students will take part in a campus-wide ecological survey of trees, amphibians (e.g. frogs/toads), birds and butterflies. Watch for project updates on Facebook.

Student Activities on Sustainability

“The New Zealand Ecosystem Quest”

A team of 35 students participated in an eight-day trip, “The New Zealand Ecosystem Quest”, between 27 May and 3 June 2015 organized by the Environmental Protection Society (EPS) of the Student Union. The students travelled to see various sites of natural beauty such as Te Puia and Waikato, and exchanged views with students and teachers from the University of Waikato on environmental protection work. Through the trip, the students realized that everyone was able to contribute to the enhancement of environmental protection work and that every course of action, however small, mattered.