Sustainability Updates

An interdisciplinary dialogue at CityU

January 2018

Current Updates


CityU participation in the Global Consortium for Sustainability Outcomes

City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has recently joined the Global Consortium for Sustainability Outcomes (GCSO) to work with overseas institutions to collaborate on sustainability outcomes. CityU members can apply for the GCSO seed fund to collaborate with overseas universities to co-develop solutions to sustainability challenges, create innovative approaches to teaching sustainability and collaborate to compete internationally for research funding awards. A briefing session on the GCSO will be held on 22 January 2018. Please sign up for the briefing if you are interested.

CityU Sustainability Tour

The CityU Sustainability Committee decided at its meeting in March 2017 that an institutional sustainability tour will be organized for the University internal and external stakeholders to demonstrate the University’s commitment to sustainability. The tour will include campus sustainability facilities and equipment. With the support of the Facilities Management Office (FMO) and the CityU Student Ambassador Scheme, the tour will be launched in February 2018. The on-campus visit will take around one hour. Online application will be available in February 2018.

A Certificate of Merit for Source Separation of Domestic Waste

Congratulations! The Student Residence has recently been awarded a Certificate of Merit in the Commendation Scheme for the Source Separation of Domestic Waste 2016/17, which was organized by the Environmental Protection Department of the HKSAR. This is the second year CityU has received the Certificate of Merit. During the assessment period from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017, 1.64kg of recyclable materials was collected from each resident every month. With the support of the CityU Campus Sustainability Fund, the Student Residence Office organized a series of sustainability-related activities in the student halls to promote sustainable living and the 3R initiatives (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle). Please continue the good work in supporting the source separation of domestic waste to promote environmental sustainability.

Looking Ahead


CityU Campus Sustainability Day

To raise the awareness of sustainability on campus and within the school sector, the Office of the Provost and the Facilities Management Office will organize a CityU Campus Sustainability Day on 22 January 2018 with the theme of “Innovations for a Sustainable Future”. Throughout the day, a series of events and activities will be organized on campus, including seminars, talks, DIY workshops, Sustainability Bazars and much more! A special highlight will be the Sustainability Hunt, where staff and students can explore CityU sustainability in a fun and creative way! For more details of the S-Day and to sign up, please follow this link:

Lai See Packet Reuse and Recycle Programme

To help protect the environment during the festive season, CityU has joined the Lai-see Packet Reuse and Recycle Programme organized by the Greeners Action Group. From 27 February to 19 March 2018, collection boxes will be placed in various locations 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.

Earth Hour 2018

To protect our planet by saving energy and reducing greenhouse gases, CityU will support 'Earth Hour 2018' on Saturday 24 March 2018. The event is organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Hong Kong, which aims to encourage concerted efforts to combat climate change. On that day, lights will be switched off for one hour from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on building facades and some non-essential lights will be turned off in communal areas on campus. We would very much like to invite you and your family to participate in this meaningful event at the University, in the workplace and at home by switching off lights at the designated hour.

Conferences and Seminars


Seminar on Urban Sustainability Challenges

Professor Rob Melnick from Arizona State University and Professor Yeh Shin-cheng from the National Taiwan Normal University will join the seminar on urban sustainability challenges on 22 January 2018 at 10.30am in LT-10, as the kick-off seminar of the CityU Campus Sustainability Day. Professor Melnick will talk about "The Ubiquity of Urban Sustainability Challenges", while Professor Yeh will focus on “Developing Sustainability Competencies of College Students through Environmental and Agro-food Education”. Professor Chan Chak-keung, Dean of the School of Energy and Environment at CityU, will serve as the discussion host and will lead an end-of-seminar discussion. All are welcome! Register here.


UNLEASH is going to organize its UNLEASH LAB 2018 in Singapore, from 30 May to June 6 2018. UNLEASH is a global innovation lab, bringing together 1,000 carefully selected young talents from across the world, to collaborate on innovative, implementable and scalable ideas and solutions for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year, UNLEASH has also partnered with Temasek, and the event will be held alongside the Ecosperity Conference on June 5, 2018. Colleagues and students are encouraged to participate in this exciting and fruitful event. Registration is now open. Please check out the details on their website.

Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF)


Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) 2018 (7th round)

The 7th round of the CSF is now open for application until 15 February 2018. The Fund aims to support projects that contribute to the University’s commitment to integrate sustainability into its teaching, research, governance and campus operations. Projects should seek to transform processes and/or engage the campus community with a view to changing attitudes and behaviors that will result in long-term impacts on campus sustainability outcomes. The output of projects may include reports, artistic works, multi-media materials and demonstration structures, as well as other forms as appropriate. If you want to know more about the Fund, please visit the CSF website or join the CSF 2018 briefing session by signing up here.

Student Activities


Promotion of the Banning of the Ivory Trade

From 13 to 17 November 2017 the Environmental Protection Society (EPS) collaborated with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Hong Kong and CityU student volunteers on campus to promote the banning of the ivory trade in Hong Kong. Staff and students were provided with information on the current ivory trade situation globally and in Hong Kong, and were invited to take photos to show their support for the ban. The event encouraged over one hundred visitors to pledge their support for the ban on the ivory trade in Hong Kong.

Sustainability Beach Day

On 7 October 2017, environmental protection societies of CityU, the Education University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Hang Seng Management College joined hands to help reduce rubbish on our beaches. During this inter-institutional Sustainability Beach Day, participants learnt about preserving the natural environment and enjoyed themselves at the beach away from the hustle and bustle of the City.

Repainting the Taiwan Green Island Elephant

The EPS has been contributing to society through different social and volunteer services. EPS volunteers repainted the “Taiwan Green Island Elephant” in November 2017 together with students from HKFYG Lee Shau Kee Primary School. The "Taiwan Green Island Elephant" is a slide symbolizing the concept of sustainability and originates from Taiwan. On the CityU Campus Sustainability Day the owner of the Taiwan Green Island Elephant will share his story and the EPS and the primary students will present their own sharing session. The Elephant will be displayed at Wong's International Terrace B in the week starting from 22 January 2018. Please come and join the sharing session and visit the Elephant!