Sustainability Updates

An interdisciplinary dialogue at CityU

October 2017

Current Updates

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No Car Day

The main source of street-level pollution is vehicular emissions. To reduce carbon emissions and other pollutants from vehicles, CityU supported Hong Kong’s "No Car Day" on 22 September 2017 as part of the "World Car Free Day" organized by Friends of the Earth. On that day the campus community was encouraged to use public transport instead of private vehicles. Using public transport can reduce the amount of moving vehicles on the roads, alleviate traffic congestion and lower street-level pollution. Please support “No Car Day” every day to help protect the environment!

Green Mid-Autumn Festival

To promote sustainability by reducing mooncake wastage, CityU, has been the first and only university in Hong Kong to sign the " Green Mid-Autumn Festival Food Saving Pledge" organized by Food Grace (食德好) this year. CityU has pledged not to give mooncakes as gifts to organisational partners and has refrained from receiving mooncakes from them. An on-campus mooncake collection was also organized from 22/9 to 28/9 to encourage the campus community to donate leftover mooncakes to Food Grace for redistribution to the needy in the community before the Mid-Autumn Festival. Over a hundred mooncakes were passed to Food Grace on 29 September 2017.

CityU Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Project

The MSW project is continuing this academic year. The project aims to identify the profile and quantity of recyclables placed in waste bins through waste audits, and to observe the change in behaviour of the university members towards waste reduction. In this second phase of the project, the baseline waste audit has just been completed and the first intervention began on 24 September 2017 in the Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre (CMC). The existing waste bins in the common areas of the CMC will be relocated next to the nearby recycle bins for 4 weeks, followed by another waste audit to evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention. If you are interested in learning more about this project, please feel free to contact Ms Shirley Ng, Senior Safety Officer of CityU.

Sustainability@CityU Facebook Page

Sustainability@CityU is now available on Facebook. Our Facebook page will have events, activities and news about CityU sustainability. We will also share interesting facts about sustainability in Hong Kong and around the world with you all. Please like and follow us, and keep in touch with us!

Looking Ahead

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Green CityU Information Day

CityU Information Day will be held on 14 October this year. The Information Day will continue the sustainability and go-green initiatives as practised in previous years. Examples include, mobile apps and website for information dissemination and searching; the reuse of last year's exhibition panels, posters, signage, and leaflet return boxes; the provision of water bottles for drinks for staff and student helpers and a "green message" stand for exhibition booths on request. We hope our visitors have an enjoyable and informative visit, and appreciate CityU's commitment to sustainability on the Information Day.

Film Screening – The Ivory Game

With Leonardo Dicaprio as producer, the documentary - The Ivory Game - concerns the poaching of elephants in Africa in direct connection with the ivory trade in China and Hong Kong, and the repercussions of elephant poaching if it is allowed to continue. CityU is going to show the film on 8 November from 4.45pm to 6.45pm in Room 3601, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building. Before the film show, Dr Rebecca Wong of the Department of Applied Social Sciences will lead a 45-min discussion on crimes against wildlife, protection of the environment and animal welfare. Please join the film screening and sign up before 3 November 2017.

An Introductory Session on the Sustainability Minor

CityU will introduce a Minor in Sustainability this academic year in response to the worldwide demand for talent to address global sustainability issues. The CityU Sustainability Minor aims to equip students with a clear understanding of the interdisciplinary nature and ethical aspects of sustainability. It will also encourage them to apply what they have learnt to tackle real-world sustainability challenges. An introductory session on the Minor will be held on 3 November 2017 from 2.30pm to 3.30pm in Room B4701, 4/F, Yeung Kin Man Academic Building, CityU.

A Talk on Marine Debris

CityU canteens do not provide straws during non-peak hours, e.g., Sundays, to preserve the environment. We also supported the Ocean Park's No Straw Day (CityU No Straw Day video) on 8 June 2017. Acknowledging the importance of the relationship among human beings, plastics and the ocean, the Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong (OPCFHK) will offer a talk on marine protection at CityU on 17 November from 10am to 11am. Register here before 14 November 2017.

Conferences and Seminars

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Seminar on Shared Pride - The Action Factor for Resilient Sustainable Cities

Dr. Fred Sanders, Senior-Fellow Business Research at the Urbanism Department, Delft University of Technology, delivered a sustainability-related seminar at CityU on 6 June 2017. Dr Sanders suggested sustainability should focus on people, not simply the design of buildings or the use of energy or the government. He found that people focus primarily on personal interest and immediate short-term goals and, consequently, better education is needed to arouse public awareness. In his research, he claims that over 80% of the world population has a resistance towards innovative thinking. Creating mutual interest in resilient sustainable cities is important in the establishment of close-knit communities. A sense of shared pride is equally important to help bond communities.

CityU Sustainability Lecture Series – How To Strive for a More Sustainable World: Four Key Voices in Conversation

The Department of Asian and International Studies launched a Sustainability Lecture Series early this year. Following the inaugural lecture held in March 2017, the 2nd lecture on "How To Strive for a More Sustainable World: Four Key Voices in Conversation" will be held on 13 October 2017 at 4.30pm in Room 3505, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building. Panelists and speakers covering different sectors will join the lecture, including Maggie Q – an actress and an environment advocate. Come and join the lecture!

Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF)

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Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) 2017 (6th round)

The eleven CSF-funded projects in 2017 have been grouped into three different clusters to enhance collaboration and impact. The three clusters are: Sustainability Education, Energy Saving, and Reuse and Recycling. The PIs of each cluster met up over the summer to discuss how to move forward with their collaboration. By the end of the academic year, each cluster is expected to generate a number of concrete outcomes and an exhibition will be organised to showcase the effort put into these projects.


Student Activities

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Environmental Protection Society Welcomed New Members

The Environmental Protection Society (EPS) set up a booth on the new Undergraduate Registration Days in August 2017 to recruit freshmen who have a strong interest in environmental protection issues. The booth attracted over one hundred new members to the Society. To welcome the new members, the EPS organised a visit on 19 August 2017 to Sha Lo Tung Valley, an area of high ecological value where around 65% of Hong Kong's dragonfly species have been spotted.

Organic Farming Workshop

On 26 September 2017, the EPS organized an inter-institutional "Organic Farming Workshop" to promote environmental protection and food safety. Apart from CityU members, students from other sister universities joined the event. Following an introductory session on organic farming, participants were able to experience some organic farming for themselves on the rooftop of the Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building. The event ended with harvesting vegetables, and students shared the delicious and healthy organic produce with their friends and family.

Recruitment of Student Interns/Helpers

The CityU Sustainability Team, under the Office of the Provost, is now looking for dedicated student helpers with a passion for sustainability to help foster CityU's sustainability in the coming academic year. CityU students, who are interested in joining the CityU Sustainability Team, are welcome to email us at sustain@cityu.edu.hk.