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Message from Head, Campus Sustainability

Joseph Chan

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is committed to fostering sustainable development and we have made ‘sustainability’ a strategic focus of the University. Many efforts have been made in enhancing the campus environmental conditions and at the same time, engaging our stakeholders. A well-structured Campus Sustainability Committee (CSC), a committee composed of a broad representation of stakeholders from all units of the University, was formed to oversee the planning and implementation of sustainability policies and strategies on campus. This was followed by the establishment of the Campus Sustainability Office (CSO) which performs as CSC’s executive arm and strives to connect sustainability targets more tightly with the University’s development.

CSO coordinates the efforts and sets the strategic goals and directions for continually improving the University’s sustainability performance. The office opines that we should not address sustainability at University merely by hardware and infrastructure. We should also approach it with light shed on the lifestyle and operation mode of the people and facilities on campus. It is more important than ever that we should generate new momentum for achieving sustainable development and educate our next generation. Only when the builders of our future make sustainability practices part of their life, their culture, their core values, then they can make a positive difference and contribute to our broader community.

To achieve this, we need cross-departmental collaboration, involving students and staff as well as communities off campus. We need to get the word out and let our stakeholders know how the University constantly endeavors to put sustainability on the top of our agendas and involve them in our advocacy efforts. We therefore organize training, workshops, annual PolyU Campus Sustainability Weeks, competitions, educational programs, produce publications and support green promotions on campus and at hostels. We do hope our small actions and steps would soon accumulate into bigger and incremental progress in advancing campus sustainability.

If you embrace the same ideas and values as we do, please join us by implementing environmentally conscious improvements and adhering to sustainable principles in your work and daily practices. With synergies and concerted efforts we can make a real difference to our home, our workplace, our university, our society and the planet.

Joseph CHAN
Head, Campus Sustainability
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University