An interdisciplinary dialogue at CityU
New leadership in CityU sustainability
Professor Samuel M. Y. Ho,
Professor in the Department of Applied Social Sciences, took up the appointment of Associate Provost (Institutional Initiatives)
with effect from 16 January 2017 to assist the Provost to oversee and monitor campus sustainability activities and coordinate other University's
initiatives. Professor Ho is also the Chairman of the
CityU Sustainability Committee.
Hong Kong Sustainable Campus Consortium
2015-2016 annual report of the Hong Kong Sustainable Campus Consortium
has been released recently. The report captures the overall sustainability performance of the 8 publicly-funded institutions and the
accomplishments of the Consortium throughout the year. The convenorship of the Consortium rotates among all the member institutions on
a yearly basis. The Education University of Hong Kong takes up the convenor role of the Consortium in 2017, following HK Baptist University in 2016.
CityU served as the convenor in 2015.
Municipal Solid Waste Project
In order to prepare for the possible territory-wide introduction of
quantity-based municipal solid waste (MSW) charging in Hong Kong,
the Facilities Management Office (FMO) has started a MSW project in CityU.
The project runs for 12 months and will be in two phases. Its purpose is to study the amount of solid waste generated
in different areas/buildings on campus by carrying out waste audits. It is hoped that the subsequent implementation of
intervention measures will induce a change in behavior and reduce overall waste generation. The first phase runs from
January to June 2017 and covers the University Concourse, the common area on the 3rd floor of AC1 and the 3M footbridge.
The second phase will run from September to December 2017and cover the CMC building.
CityU members who are interested in this project are welcome to contact
Ms Shirley Ng,
Senior Safety Officer of CityU, for more information.
Sustainable Hong Kong Research Hubs
Sustainable Hong Kong (SusHK) Research Hub is a multi-disciplinary CityU-based
platform established in November 2016 to conduct meaningful applied research on real-life
sustainability issues. It seeks to enhance synergy and collaboration among academics, industry,
professional services, the community, students and the Government in Hong Kong and across the border.
The current focus of its work is on the sustainability of professional service sectors in Hong Kong,
including the interface with the One-Belt-One-Road Initiative and the contributions of Hong Kong professionals.
The Hub welcomes suggestions of collaborative projects that work towards this target.
Professor Linda Chelan Li (Public Policy) is the convenor of the SusHK Research Hub.
For more information, please contact Dr. Iris Kam (Public Policy)
or visit their Facebook Page.
Lai-see Packet Recycling and Reuse
To help protect the environment during the festive season, CityU has joined the Lai-see Packets Reuse and
Recycling Programme organized by Greeners Action.
From 5 to 22 February 2017 collection boxes will be placed in various places on campus; namely the student residences,
staff quarters and academic buildings. Colleagues and students are encouraged to bring all their used or
unwanted lai-see packets to the collection points for recycling.
ISCN 2017 Annual Conference
The International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) is going to organize its 2017 annual conference at the
University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada, from 26 to 28 June 2017. The conference theme is
"Climate. City. Campus.",
and will be co-hosted by UBC and the City of Vancouver (CoV). The conference will show the power of
collaboration between campuses and cities. Attendees will gain insight into the UBC-CoV strategic relationship
and see successful practical examples. Registration is now open until 19 April 2017. With CityU as an ISCN member,
colleagues and students can enroll for the conference at a discounted rate.
Please check out the details from their registration site.
Conferences and Seminars
The sixth Asia-Oceania Conference on Sustainable and Green Chemistry (AOC-SGC6)
The 6th Asia-Oceania Conference on Sustainable and Green Chemistry
was held successfully from 27 to 30 November 2016 at the University.
Apart from a series of seminars offered by local and international renowned scholars, including the Nobel Prize Laureate in
Chemistry, Professor Ei-ichi Negishi from Purdue University, and Professor Paul Anastas from Yale University,
the conference also featured a poster session and an excursion to the Mai Po Nature Reserve.
Interacting with worldwide leading professionals allowed the participants to broaden their mindsets and
gain insights into the development of sustainable green chemistry. The AOC-SGC6 was very well received by all the participants.
Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF)
Application for the 6th round of the CSF
The 6th round of the Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) is inviting proposals now until 17 February 2017.
The CSF provides a platform to support sustainability initiatives from the CityU community.
It supports projects that contribute to CityU's commitment to integrate sustainability into its teaching, research,
governance and campus operations. All CityU members, including academic and administrative staff, and students,
are welcome to submit team or individual proposals. Please visit the
CSF website for more information,
including application procedures, guidelines and a list of previously funded projects.
CSF Project : "GROW: A Student-Led Model for Sustainable Urban Agriculture"
To mark the end of the GROW project of Semester A 2016/17, a final harvest day was held on 9 December 2016 at
the Roof Garden of Academic 2. There was a short ceremony to celebrate this happy moment and to thank all the participants
for their contributions throughout the semester. Mr Chan Cheuk-ming (Ming Gor), founder of
Pei Ho Counterparts,
and Mr. Wong Yu Wing, a leading organic farmer in Hong Kong, were invited to join this important day.
The participants were delighted when Mr Wong took the opportunity to teach them how to properly harvest vegetables.
All the choi-sum was harvested and donated to Mr. Chan (Ming Gor) to help people in need.
A Visit to Po Toi Island
The Environmental Protection Society organized a visit to Po Toi Island on 20 December 2016.
Those who took part were given the opportunity to appreciate the geology of the island and to deepen their
understanding of the natural environment and of the pressing need for nature conservation.
Twenty-one students, including 2 from sister universities and 19 from CityU, joined the tour.
The Association for Geoconservation
generously offered valuable tour guidance by introducing the interesting history
and bio-diversity of the island. The participants enjoyed the incredible views and topography of Po Toi Island
as well as the illustrations by the experienced helpers from the Geoconservation Association, and arrived back
home more informed about the different important aspects of nature conservation.