Policies and Guidelines

Over years, from policy-setting to daily operations, from architectural design to implementation, from research projects to academic programmes, PolyU embeds sustainability principles across all areas and actively promotes a green culture.

Following are sustainability-related policies and guidelines adopted by the University:

Campus Sustainability Policies 


Environmental Policy




Sustainability-conscious Food Consumption


Phasing out bottled water on campus

Since September 2017, PolyU has discontinued the sale of bottled water (non-sparkling, unflavored drinking water in any single-serving plastic bottle of less than 1 litre) in vending machines, convenience store and catering outlets on Main Campus and hostels. Single-serving bottled water (below 1 litre) should not be offered in University activities and events. The Finance Office (FO) will no longer process any reimbursement claims on Purchase Orders or expenses on related purchases as documented in FO’s Expense Payment Procedures (Updated Jun 2018).


No straw arrangement on campus catering outlets

PolyU has announced its NO STRAW Every Day arrangement on catering outlets on campus and Student Halls of Residence, effective from 15 October 2018. Campus catering outlets will no longer offer straws together with their drinks in their business hours as a general rule. This arrangement casts light on reducing the reliance on all kinds of plastic disposables with straws being one example. It is a crucial step of the University’s long-term strategy to build a collective strength across the campus in fighting plastic pollution as a whole.