Master Class Series


How Important Should Sustainability be to the University Mission? Lessons from Arizona State University and Thoughts on Hong Kong

What happens when a university makes a comprehensive commitment to sustainability, not just to a recycling program or to teaching environmental issues? Is it wise to make such a commitment? What are the attendant risks, rewards and costs to the institution?

This session will begin with a presentation on Arizona State University's (ASU) 10-years of experience with sustainability as an integral aspect of its teaching, research, outreach and operations agendas. It will explore sustainability as an institutional "value" and will feature lessons learned–what worked and what didn't. A dialogue on the experience and thoughts in developing a sustainability agenda in Hong Kong higher education sector will follow.

1. Presentation by Dr Melnick on ASU's approach to sustainability, including successes and challenges.
2. Discussion with Hong Kong Sustainable Campus Consortium and CityU Sustainability Committee members on sustainability experiences in Hong Kong higher education institutions.
3. Q & A from CityU faculty members and students.



Dr Rob Melnick
Executive Director and Presidential Professor of Practice, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University


Prof Richard Walker
Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong


21 October 2014 (Tuesday)
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Y4302, Yellow Zone (4/F, Academic 1)