Sustainability Updates

An interdisciplinary dialogue at CityU

March 2015

Current Updates

An enhanced HKSCC reporting structure to HUCOM

The 14th meeting of the Hong Kong Sustainable Campus Consortium (HKSCC) was convened at CityU on 9 February 2015 (Monday). Members agreed on an enhanced version of the reporting structure to HUCOM, which will take effect from the release of the 2015 report. It is hoped that this enhanced structure will help the community to have a better understanding of the higher education sector’s performance in sustainability. The meeting schedule for the remainder of the year has also been confirmed – 11 May, 8 September and 8 December 2015.

CityU to join the 2015 COP21 HK campaign

2015 COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, aims to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate policy, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C. The Conference is expected to attract close to 50,000 participants including 25,000 official delegates from government, intergovernmental organizations, UN agencies, NGOs and civil society. Members of the HKSCC have agreed to organize student campaigns in Hong Kong in preparation for the COP21 to be held in December 2015. The campaigns aim to raise the climate change literacy of Hong Kong citizens, and particularly of students. This initiative builds on the HKSCC’s participation in administering the UN Literacy Pilot Test last year. Dr Zhou Wen of the School of Energy and Environment (SEE) has participated in the preparations for the initiative with the HKSCC members.

Looking Ahead

The Climate Education Roundtable and Workshop organized by C4C in April 2015

Following the establishment of institutional cooperation between Connect4Climate (C4C) and CityU during the CityU Sustainability Summit in October 2014, the first collaborative event, the Climate Education Roundtable and Workshop, will be held in Washington DC on 15 April 2015 (Wednesday). The Workshop is part of a series of events on the theme “KNOWLEDGE4CLIMATE – Be the Solution”, and its purpose is to launch a Knowledge4Climate network by bringing together top university and research institution representatives to establish practical working relationships so as to document, organize and share knowledge toward climate solutions. Chair Professor Jan Servaes of the Department of Media and Communication (COM) and Dr. Tan Chee Wei of the Department of Computer Science (CS) will participate in the workshop.

Deepening the engagement between CityU and ASU on the joint course on Sustainability

Last summer Arizona State University (ASU) and CityU jointly conducted Urban Sustainability in Hong Kong (SOS494/595) and Sustainable Development of Hong Kong (GE3203). The course focuses on sustainability issues that Hong Kong faces as a world city, and discusses policy solutions to help overcome these challenges. Participating students who were surveyed felt they acquired useful skills and knowledge and, as a result, ASU and CityU are going to offer this joint course again this summer.

SEE’s portable air monitoring sensor package to be used to evaluate air quality on campus

Dr. Zhi Ning of the School of Energy and Environment (SEE) and his team have developed portable compact sensors to display and store real-time data for air pollution research, air quality management and future environmental policy-making. The sensors were first used in the Standard Chartered Marathon in January 2015. With support from the Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF), the sensors will also be used starting from 1 March 2015 to identify possible air quality issues on campus and to provide evidence-based solutions for a sustainable campus.

Sustainability-related Seminars/Conferences

Smart Caring Forum organized by CoP-S in May 2015

Community of Practice-Sustainability City University of Hong Kong (CoP-S) will organize a “Smart Caring Forum” at AC1 LT-17, CityU on 2 May 2015 (Saturday). Colleagues and students are welcome to register for the event and share their views on smart caring technology and relevant issues.

China Green Building Forum co-organized by CityU in June 2015

The China Green Building Forum will be held at CityU between 19 and 20 June 2015 (Friday and Saturday). Two main themes will be discussed in the Forum: ‘Green Education’ and ‘The Green Campus’. Colleagues are encouraged to submit papers to the organizing committee of the Forum. The deadline for submission is 3 April 2015 (Friday). The HKSCC is the supporting organization of the Forum.

Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF)

CSF 2014 Awardees

12 projects have been granted a total of approximately 3.3 million Hong Kong dollars. The successful projects cover a wide range of areas including air quality, solid waste, food, permaculture, biodiversity, building space and space utilization, sustainable practices in everyday life, diversity and inclusion, social media, 3D printing, social entrepreneurship, and student residences.

Student-led printing policy formulation and advocacy (CSF 6986016)

The success of policy implementation requires both bottom-up and top-down inputs. "Alternative policymaking towards better campus sustainability: Student-led printing policy formulation and advocacy" is a CSF project being implemented between 31 March 2014 and 30 June 2015 by Professor Johnny Chan (SEE) and Dr. Wanxin Li (POL) focusing on a bottom-up approach. The project aims to experiment with alternative measures designed to reduce use of paper for printing by students to promote a more sustainable campus. A three-phase student-led printing policy proposal has been formulated and shared with the University’s senior management.

Student Activities on Sustainability

A Three-month pilot scheme on the sharing of community shopping bags at CityU

A three-month pilot scheme on the sharing of community shopping bags, named “Bag 2 Bag”, is a community-wide campaign funded by the Environmental Campaign Committee (ECC), HKSAR Government. The goals of the scheme are to research the feasibility of sharing shopping bags among the community, promote and educate the community to share and reuse shopping bags and reduce the consumption of single-use disposable plastic shopping bags. CityU is one of the selected locations at which stands will be placed for dropping off and picking up used shopping bags, under the coordination of the Student Residence Office. Staff and students can find the stands outside Cut Price, Delifrance AC3 and the Hall Canteen. The duration of the scheme is from 19 January through 18 April 2015.

Help Needed

The Provost’s Office is now constructing a “University Sustainability Database” to record our efforts and achievements towards sustainability. Please provide information - research projects, courses, majors/minors, and activities, for example - to enhance the database and the Sustainability website [Teaching and Learning / Research & Projects]