The Green Green Hall Community
About this Community
The Green Green Hall Community (GGHC) (青青舍), established in March 2009, is a new community united to work for environmental protection at the Student Halls of PolyU. Its mission is to promote environmental protection, green campaigns and an ecologically balanced lifestyle for the hall residents.
The results of their efforts
Even though GGHC is a small community in the Student Halls, various activities have been organized including:
All these activities received enthusiastic response from hall residents.
What's in the offing?
Sharing by the GGHC President
The current president of GGHC, Owen Li, is a year-two student at the School of Hotel and Tourism Management. He has taken up the role as the first president of this community for almost one year. He hails from Guangzhou and has adopted a positive attitude to energy saving in his daily life. He has entrusted himself with the mission to arouse his schoolmates' concern on energy saving and environmental protection. Owen was pleased to be the president of GGHC because he has made many new friends who share the same mission and, being fluent in Cantonese and Putonghua, he could communicate well with staff from the Student Hall Offices. He was most impressed that PolyU has plenty of greeneries in such a small space in the town centre. He sincerely hopes that the offices in PolyU follow the best practices in protecting the environment.
Activities and Development on Campus
PolyU supports the Earth Hour 2010 Campaign
Earth Hour is a global campaign organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to arouse international awareness of the pressing issue and threat of global warming. It has been launched since 2007 and has been supported by hundreds of cities in the world including Hong Kong. PolyU joined this campaign last year and received enthusiastic support from our staff, students and alumni. PolyU continues to support the Earth Hour 2010 Campaign which will be held on 27 March 2010 (Saturday) from 8:30 to 9:30 pm. During this time, Victoria Harbour and iconic landmarks will be steeped in darkness for one hour. In PolyU, many floodlights on the roofs (including lights for the PolyU logo), non-essential lightings, and landscape lightings in certain buildings and areas will be switched off. The football field in PolyU will also be suspended for service during the said period of time. For more information about this campaign, please visit www.wwf.org.hk/earthhour
Rechargeable battery recycling program at the College of Professional and Continuing Education launched
A program for collecting rechargeable batteries for recycling purposes at the College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE) has been launched since January 2010. There are currently about 2,100 numbers of 3A and 2A rechargeable batteries in use for wireless microphones and laser pointers (excluding other electrical devices) in CPCE. Recycling these batteries helps to reduce the environmental risks arising from the improper disposal of these batteries and to conserve valuable resources. In this regard, CPCE requested collection boxes for rechargeable batteries from the Environmental Protection Department and promoted this program on the two premises of CPCE (i.e., the Hung Hom Bay campus and the West Kowloon campus). This scheme received enthusiastic support from staff and students. As of February 2010, less than two months after the commencement of this program, the number of rechargeable batteries collected from the boxes at the two campuses already exceeded 160.
Used items collected for the needy
An event on collection of used items was held from 17 to 18 March 2010 on the PolyU campus. This event was jointly organized by the PolyU Staff Association and the Community Recycling Co-op. Similar activities were held several times in the last two years and received enthusiastic support from students and staff of our University. Items collected include clothing, shoes, bags, electrical appliances, housewares, bedding, decoration, stationery, books (except textbooks), non-pirated VCDs, DVDs, and CDs. These items will be sold to low-income families in Sham Shui Po at very low prices. This will kill two birds with one stone -- helping the needy at the same time as protecting the environment by saving resources.
Using environmentally friendly building materials on campus
The use of green or environmentally friendly building materials has become the norm as the emphasis on green buildings becomes more generally accepted. Such materials encompass products that are non-toxic; they are then recycled, sustainably harvested, or organically grown. On the PolyU campus, such materials are extensively utilized by our Campus Development Office (CDO) and Facilities Management Office (FMO) in many new developments as well as daily maintenance works. In this article, we would like to introduce to you the following two:
Consulting the community on waste electrical and electronic equipment management
Waste electrical and electronic equipment contained hazardous components that were potentially harmful to the environment and human health. For example, waste circuit boards, if not properly disposed of, would leak elemental lead into the environment and cause cognitive deficits in children.
The government is planning to introduce legislation to implement a mandatory producer responsibility scheme for the proper management of waste electrical and electronic equipment disposal. The consultation document analyses options including scope, treatment methods, other logistics and cost sharing. The consultation will last until 30 April, 2010.
Check this web link (www.epd.gov.hk/epd/weee) of the Environmental Protection Department for the consultation document and give your opinions.
News and Tips
Calculating carbon footprint
Climate change has been a serious challenge to the Earth which requires people's active response for a solution. When we turn on any electrical appliances or gas stoves, take a taxi or drive our car, we produce greenhouse gases. This constitutes our "carbon footprint", a measure of the impact our activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of carbon dioxide (the major greenhouse gas) produced. Many organizations have developed tools, namely carbon calculators, to estimate the carbon footprint resulting from our daily lives. We can use the carbon calculator to see how "green" our lifestyles are and think about what appropriate actions we can take to reduce carbon emissions. One of these useful carbon calculators is provided by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) at http://www.climateers.org/eng/contents/climateer_calculator.php