PolyU Environmental Week 2010
The PolyU Environmental Week 2010 was successfully held from 5 to 12 November 2010. This year’s environmental week was special in that our activities were arranged in parallel with the C40 Hong Kong Workshop “Low Carbon Cities for High Quality Living” to highlight PolyU’s support for low-carbon living. The workshop was convened at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 3 to 6 November 2010. It was also the first time that the Health, Safety & Environment Office co-organized the opening ceremony and seminar for the environmental week with the Faculty of Construction and Land Use.
On 5 November 2010, our Executive Vice President, Mr Nicholas Yang, officiated at the opening ceremony of the Environmental Week 2010. Following Mr Yang’s opening address, there was a public seminar entitled “Climate Change – Arctic Perspectives” delivered by Prof. David Drewry, who is a renowned scholar at the University of Cambridge. A full house of more than 150 audience comprising students, staff and external guests attended this seminar where Prof. Drewry interestingly illustrated the record of a steady rise in global temperature locked in the polar ice sheets as revealed by ice cores. Other observations of the impact of a changing climate on the polar regions were also described in his presentation.
As the theme for this year’s environmental week is “Cherish the Plants, Cherish the Planet”, many activities were organized with a focus on plant preservation. These included a poster exhibition, a voting campaign and an environmental talk.
The poster exhibition, held at the podium of Wing FG, gave an account of the practice of plant preservation in PolyU. Detailed information on some 13 species of trees commonly found on our campus was shown with beautiful pictures. Moreover, a voting campaign entitled “My Favourite Tree at PolyU” was held on facebook. This campaign encouraged students and staff to learn more about green plants in our environment and vote for their favourite trees amongst eight nominated trees on campus. The Flame of the Forest (Delonix regia) (鳳凰木) located beside the lawn between Block M and Block N, with a very graceful tree form, was the winner of this campaign with the highest voting scores. We also invited Mr So Kwok Yin, the Chief Executive of the Conservancy Association and a famous arborist in Hong Kong, as the guest speaker of our environmental talk on 10 November 2010. Mr So shared his valuable knowledge and experience in the management and conservation of trees in Hong Kong.
Activities and Development on Campus
Two buildings of PolyU won Merit Awards in the Green Building Award 2010
Hong Kong Community College (West Kowloon Campus) and PolyU’s GH Podium Annex won the “Merit” Award in the New Buildings Category and Existing Buildings Category respectively in the Green Building Award 2010. This is a biennial event jointly organized by the Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC) and the Professional Green Building Council (PGBC) with an aim to providing recognition to buildings and research projects with outstanding contributions to a sustainable built environment, and encouraging the industry towards further adoption of sustainable planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance and renovation of buildings. The result announcement and award presentation ceremony, officiated by the Secretary for Development, was held on 4 November 2010.
Energy efficiency recognition to Hong Kong Community College
In April 2010, Hong Kong Community College (Hung Hom Bay Campus) was successfully registered under the “Hong Kong Energy Efficiency Registration Scheme for Buildings” advocated by the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) with respect to the energy efficiency of electrical, lighting, air conditioning, and lift & escalator installations.
Experience sharing on environmentally friendly design for campus development
PolyU alumni contributed to promoting a greener Hong Kong
On 7 November 2010, more than 1,000 enthusiastic PolyU alumni as well as their friends and family members planted more than 5,000 shrubs and saplings at North District Park, Sheung Shui with a hope for a greener Hong Kong.
The event, "Greening Hong Kong by PolyU Alumni 2010", was jointly organized by PolyU, the Federation of PolyU Alumni Associations and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. It was the sixth time such greening activity was held since 2004.
The meaningful event not only helped to build a greener environment in Hong Kong, but also served to educate our younger generation about environmental care and sustainable development.
PolyU supports the “Universities and Institutes Save Food Day” and Used-items Collection Campaign
Innovative use of solar energy
News and Tips
Laser printers and the environment
In general, the following simple steps can help to minimize exposures to laser printer emissions:
If in doubt, contact HSEO for further advice.
Plastic coding system
Plastic is widely used nowadays, and there are many kinds of plastics. Different plastics have different properties. The unique properties of a plastic lead to its specific processing methods and specific applications. Manufacturing with virgin plastic resin is easy as its properties are well known.
Recycled plastic materials are usually mixed with different plastics. Such mixed resins result in poor quality of recovered plastics.
For good recovery and recycling of plastics, the same type of plastic resin should be put together. To facilitate the sorting out of each type of plastic from recycled waste, a means of identification should be in place. A simple way is to mark on the plastic materials relevant codes to identify the type of resin of which the material is made.