Sustainability Updates

An interdisciplinary dialogue at CityU

October 2015

Current Updates

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CityU joins the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN)

CityU has participated in the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) to keep abreast of global exchanges of sustainability issues. ISCN is a global forum to support leading colleges, universities, and corporate campuses in the exchange of information, ideas, and best practices for achieving sustainable campus operations and integrating sustainability into research and teaching. To date, over 70 top-tier colleges and universities from more than 20 countries across the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia have joined ISCN.

Hong Kong Tertiary Schools COP21 Challenge

In response to the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to be held this coming December, the Hong Kong Sustainable Campus Consortium, in collaboration with the French Consulate, has organized a “Hong Kong Tertiary Schools COP21 Challenge” from September to November 2015 to enhance Hong Kong students’ awareness of sustainability issues. The Challenge has two stages: In stage 1, individual students or student teams are required to submit a video (max. 3 minutes) to address the question - “How Can Hong Kong Become a Model in Addressing Climate Change Issues?” The winning students/teams will then be reorganized into inter-institution groups and proceed to stage 2 for a Residential Workshop at HKU Kadoorie Centre, where they will present their sustainability ideas at the end of the workshop to the Secretary for Environment, Mr K S Wong. The submission for stage 1 was closed on 11 October, 2015.

Looking Ahead

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“New Energy New Generation” Solar Car Competition

Two cross-disciplinary teams have been formed to take part in the “New Energy New Generation” Solar Car Competition organized by the Hong Kong government’s Environment Bureau (ENB) to demonstrate real-life problem-solution applications through energy saving projects. The aim of the competition is to promote public awareness of renewable energy and energy efficiency, to arouse students’ interest in renewable energy and engineering applications and to create a platform for students to demonstrate their innovative engineering capabilities. The competition will be held in January 2016 at the Hong Kong Science Park tentatively.

Bring Your Own Mug

CityU joins hands with The Conservancy Association in the “Bring-Your-Own-Mug” (BYOM) campaign to encourage good practices with regard to solid waste reduction on campus. Special discounts will be given by participating CityU canteens on particular drinks from October to December 2015. Enjoy this campaign and take the chance to rethink how we could live a more sustainable lifestyle!

Sustainability-related Seminars/Conferences

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CityU Outreach Seminar on Environmental Sustainability

The CityU Outreach (CUO) collaboration seminar on the theme of Environmental Sustainability was conducted successfully on 22 September 2015. Two springboard faculty Speakers, Dr. Ning Zhi of the School of Energy and Environment and Dr. William Chung Siu-wai of the Department of Management Sciences, together with his external collaborator, Mr. Raymond Fong of the Hong Kong Productivity Council, shared their experiences of engaging with industry, government, NGOs and the local community for the sustainable development of society. Around 50 staff and students attended the seminar.

Asia Carbon Footprint Network Conference 2015

CityU is supporting the Asia Carbon Footprint Network Conference 2015 (ACFNC), which is organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in collaboration with the Green Council (GCHK) and the Korea Environmental Industry & Technology Institute (KEITI). The conference is to be held at the Sheraton Hotel between 26 and 28 October 2015. The event provides a platform for leading international and regional experts and practitioners, from both the public and private sectors, to engage in discussion forums on how to capitalize on current dynamics and experience gained in order to move forward on carbon footprint reduction.

Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF)

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The latest Hand 2 Spot -- A Student-Led Upcycling Project at CityU

This is the third year of the operation of Hand 2 Spot, a social innovation and entrepreneurship project initiated by Project Flame with the purpose of encouraging innovative ideas and offering opportunities for students to get involved with sustainability on a daily basis. During this year, a new student-led model will be adopted to provide student service leadership training in the community, while offering opportunities for students to plan and organize events, activities and symposiums. Watch for project updates on the Hand 2 Spot webpage.

Student Activities on Sustainability

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Auditing waste at HK Rugby Sevens

Forty-four CityU students served as Green Ambassadors for a waste audit at the Hong Kong Stadium from 27 to 29 March 2015. The event was initiated by the Environment Bureau, together with SUEZ, to conduct the first ever waste audit at the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens. Students applied the research methodologies learnt from their environmental policy programme to design a waste audit survey and to conduct the analysis. In addition, thirteen students participated further in the waste audit field work to learn various techniques for waste separation. An award presentation ceremony was held on 29 July 2015 in recognition of the students’ participation and their good performance.