Recognizing forerunners of PolyU’s green office movement

The first-ever Green PolyU Awards – Green Office programme concluded its Phase One assessment exercise successfully. In a special award presentation ceremony held in Mar 2017, Departmental Green Officers and supportive colleagues from participating offices and units that went through the assessment exercise gathered together for a great time of celebration.

welcome speech from Prof Wai   Awarding ceremony

Close to 30 offices and units across the campuses enrolled voluntarily in the Green Office programme Phase One assessment exercise. They proposed various areas in their workplaces for green office establishment with practical targets to reach. In four months’ time, these participating offices achieved over 100 countable and meaningful targets in total in greening their offices, including energy conservation, water conservation, waste reduction, increased recycling efforts, paper reduction and green procurement. They were highly commended and applauded for their accomplishments.

Among the participating offices, three of them were awarded as pioneers in:

Most Efficient Green Office Award

Facilities Management Office

     

Prof Wai & the representative from FMO

Most Innovative Green Office Award - 

CPCE Information Technology Unit

 

Prof Wai & the representative from CPCE ITU

Green Office with Remarkable Progress Award –

Human Resources Office

 

Prof Wai & the representative from HRO

Building workplace green culture is not a one-off gesture but a long-term and continuous campaign over the entire campus. We can all make small changes one at a time and little changes done consistently over time make the biggest difference for the future of our offices and our planet. When we become accustomed to green culture and integrate it into our daily habits at the office, it is likely that we can do the same in our homes too. This will have an effect on the habits of our family members and friends too. Green culture at work will have a farther reach that goes beyond the office walls.