GreenNet@PolyU, Issue 20 (Jul 2019) (Text Version)

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1. Feature Story

 

Greening the workplace brings a wealth of benefits

The ideas of sustainability, eco-friendliness, and energy-efficiency became a part of our lives some time ago. Today they can reach their full potential on our campus with the Green PolyU Awards – Green Office programme. This programme is the pivotal scheme for The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) for recognizing various offices for their contribution to resource efficiency and reducing negative environmental impacts. It builds a unique platform and brings about opportunities to meet and network with colleagues who are forward-thinking and championing sustainability across campus.

“With staff members becoming increasingly aware of the importance of environmental sustainability, this year saw the greater involvement of offices and staff actively playing their parts. Their contributions were truly remarkable and showcased the strength of the green community we have here,” says Mr. Joseph Chan, Head, Campus Sustainability.

To hallmark the achievements of the offices, the 2018/19 Green PolyU Awards – Green Office Programme Presentation Ceremony was held on 4 June 2019 to thank colleagues for their hard work and enthusiasm.

 

Implementing green practices at offices, no matter the size

General Education Centre (GEC) is the Bronze Award winner, and Mr. Jackson Cho is the Centre’s Green Officer who is passionate about embracing environmental sustainability. When implementing sustainability strategies and green practices may appear an overwhelming thought to small or medium-sized offices, Jackson thinks differently. “Our office is quite small, but that doesn’t prevent us from taking steps towards being more sustainable. A small office like ours sees greater flexibility and more opportunities to adapt and build up on the green measures across colleagues to act on sustainability. It is more efficient to get our green messages communicated clearly. It is easier to bring in new proposals to green the office as we can make decisions promptly with fewer people involved.”

GEC proves that office size should not pose any hindrance to going green. It is the mentality of the staff determines. It is important to align and connect everyone in the office on the green journey. Various communication channels like emails and monthly staff meeting are the good vehicles to touch on sustainability concepts among staff within GEC. Notices are present to remind staff about preferred green practices. “The size of our office is small, but credits should go to the whole team of like-minded colleagues who are willing to be part of the green movement. Besides, senior management is very willing to support us. He shows green lights to new ideas to green the office and has no hesitation to spend money on getting in new equipment and renovating our room to achieve higher energy-efficiency. Our office administrators make their office decisions and purchases with the environment in mind. Our teammates are becoming more eco-conscious than before and are mindful of their habits. And we can always count on the University’s relevant policies and guidelines for information and suggestions,” Jackson says.

Interacting with students regularly, Jackson believes there is a need to motivate the students and help cultivate their sustainability values and attitudes. “It takes time to broaden students’ knowledge and improve their attitude for protecting the environment. They need to know they can make good choices of their actions today without impeding that of the future generation.” GEC has therefore arranged specially-tailored visits and workshops for students – to landfills, plastic sorting centre, and T-Park – and bring about a good lesson on sustainability out of the classroom.

 

It needs 4C to be green

Human Resources Office (HRO) is the winner of the Silver Award this year, and it is the only office winning an award under the Green Office programme for the third time in a row. HRO upholds the ‘4C’ principle in their office green movement – Commitment, Communication, Convenience, and Culture – and that is the reason for its success.

“The go-green momentum is strong here,” Miss Lily Yeh, the Green Officer of HRO comments. She considers this achievement is a result of the commitment and cooperation from the senior management and colleagues of all levels. “We have both top-down and bottom-up approaches to green our office. Senior management provides clear direction and instructions for change; colleagues are happy to put them into practice by suggesting green initiatives.”

HRO values communication and staff involvement in this green journey. Induction is arranged to new HRO appointees for explaining its green aspirations. Regular meetings with team representatives are held to share useful tips and discussions on environmental issues. Energy-saving signs are found near the switches of lights and electrical appliances, and reminders on water and paper saving are presented in pantry and copy machine rooms. Besides, there are posters with sustainability messages such as tips on staying healthier with more exercises and reduce carbon footprint with veggie diets.

Green practices are made convenient for colleagues by changing business practices, office settings, and the use of technologies. Lily further explains, “We now print the appointment letters double-sided and stop sending copies of acknowledgement letters to departments for part-time appointments. We introduce network printers to replace around 40 stand-alone printers, and we review the paper usage of individual colleague regularly. Furthermore, we have implemented electronic filing solutions like the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) system to manage and store our documents, and we have adopted One-drive for sharing job applications with departments. Guidelines and training are in place to help colleagues to get familiar with the new systems.”

The green culture and values among HRO staff are evident in multiple areas. Colleagues have the same green vision and clear goals towards sustainability, both at work and for personal daily habits. They acquire different brands of eco-friendly recycled paper for copy machines, reuse promotion materials, and even recycle the second-hand materials obtained from other departments as the decorations for the University events. They have their mugs for meetings and food containers for lunch purchase at the canteen. Some of them join sports classes during lunchtime and after work. Their behaviors tell one thing – we need to develop green habits, both at work and at home. Once we continue such habits for long time enough, they will become our second nature that we will not even think about them before we act.

 

Staff expertise and technologies help

Industrial Centre (IC) wins the Silver Award. Its success is no accident. It's a result of days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication in putting all possible green practices into operation. “Cutting down paper usage is our primary concern,” says Dr Wai Hon-wah, Associate Director of IC. “We used to be heavy paper users as we need to print handouts for students and loads of reports, forms, and booking records. In around two years ago, we came up with the decision to reduce paper usage. We established a dedicated task force on this and carried out a paper audit – the result shocked us. Shortly afterwards, colleagues across various teams and workshops were asked to streamline their work process and look for ways to cut down paper gradually. Thanks to their determination and creativity, we made use of some ready systems and came up with new ideas to tackle this challenge.” Besides applying electronic platforms and document management solutions, thoughts were given to enhance printing efficiency, and the printing of handouts was abandoned eventually to eliminate paper use. Tablets were brought to the hands of the students to take e-quiz, and online systems such as eSFQ and PolyU Form Service were used to collect feedback. Electronic alternatives were chosen to replace conventional paper-based facilities booking practices. “In the end, we witnessed a 60% drop in paper usage, and that tells all of us can manage and use paper wisely.”

 
IC draws upon the expertise of a wide range of experts whose collective wisdom and experience represent an extraordinary resource and creativity to realize appropriate green measures. “The strong engineering background of most of our staff is an advantage,” says Ms. Sally Chan, the Green Officer of IC. “Our engineers are self-motivated to behave in environmentally responsible ways. They are open to new ideas and innovations to green the work environment.” Knowing well how technology can help monitor and improve environmental parameters, its Electronic Intelligence Workshop and Smart Energy Workshop have been renovated recently with the adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) to control and monitor energy supply and consumption. Smart plugs are installed in some electronic workbenches to control the electricity supply and monitor electricity consumption. Smart lighting control system and smart power meters are installed to control lighting automatically and monitor energy consumption. User awareness on power utilization is also raised via the interactive energy demand display. On average, electricity consumption can be saved around 120kWh per month.

“On top of all, we run regular meetings to broadcast to all about our environmental performance. We have dedicated corners to facilitate sharing of office resources and materials among colleagues to drive reusing. We also promote the sharing of knowledge and skills in both official occasions and social gatherings to facilitate the green office management.” Sally explains.

 

Act green at work and adopt the same in daily life

“We didn’t think it was unusual: sustainability has become automatic among our colleagues,” Mr. Daniel Suen, Director of Campus Development, says. He leads the Campus Development Office (CDO) to scoop the Gold Award this year. “We have a focus group that consists of 7 staff members coming from both administrative and technical teams to take lead in the green movement. We examine all aspects of green office in details, and we implement real and practical solutions to go green in our work. We are careful to investigate what can be done and improved. I am confident to say sustainability is embedded into our office’s core culture.”

CDO supervises and leads capital projects on campus. Staff members put environmentally responsible principles and resource-efficient considerations in all processes of design, construction, operation to maintenance. The office is also building momentum that supports better business practices through green technologies. Different measures and equipment are in place to encourage efficient printing and paper saving. Going further, e-tendering approach is one excellent step that CDO takes to care more for the environment and save the precious paper resource. It is anticipated that the transition from using the ordinary paper-based to e-tendering process could cut down paper usage significantly.

There are endless ways to create a greener workplace. Staff members of the office show no hesitation to take appropriate actions to conserve energy, save resources, reduce waste generation, and advance sustainability. “We take environmental matters into account in our decisions and operations. We want our colleagues to align our values with sustainable objectives, know how these values matter to us, develop them into personal habits, and gradually bring to share with our families and peers,” Daniel adds. Ms. Margaret Lam and Ms. Emma Yu, the Green Officers of CDO, shared the same idea. “We have multiple channels like induction programs and regular meetings to further improve understanding of environmental issues amongst all staff. We also work to motivate our colleagues and highlight good practices in our social gatherings and communications. More importantly, we want our colleagues to act green at work and adopt the same practices to every aspect of their life.

In addition to having reminders, signs and notices are posted around the office to remind everyone about the need to stay green. Also, having plants in the office means more than a relief from labor-intensive and stressful tasks to staff – it demonstrates an innovative idea to reuse expired safety helmets as planters!

The good examples from these winning offices tell sustainability in the workplace is more than using energy-saving bulbs and recycling bins. In fact, it is a holistic approach to creating a general sense of wellbeing for the entire office. It caters to both people and the environment.

 

 

2. Sustainable Campus in Action

Green Event Check list launches

PolyU has been leading examples in bringing about green and sustainable practices in our events. Relevant sustainability-related policies and guidelines are in place to further spread the message and provide assistance to staff and students when they organize activities. In 2018, the University pledged support to the Environmental Protection Department’s call on Green Event and launched an online Green Event Checklist for on-campus venue booking subsequently in April 2019. Campus event organizers are required to submit the online Green Event Checklist for review and approval when they make bookings via the Facilities Management Office’s Venue Booking System covering selected locations on campus.

Clear and practical information is available on this online Green Event Checklist to help event organizers, and remind them to consider solutions to reduce waste at source, make green choices in printing and production, and stop using disposables. With concerted efforts from event organizers and participants, we can further enhance PolyU’s environmental performance by reducing waste and carbon emissions in campus events.

 

New partner joins GreenCoin to boost cultural experience

PolyU’s GreenCoin, managed by the Campus Sustainability Office (CSO), is a campus-wide campaign on campus to empower and reward PolyU students and staff who perform sustainable actions. This campaign made a big leap forward and welcomed the support from the Culture Promotion and Events Office (CPEO). With the huge support from CPEO, GreenCoin has brought about valuable opportunities for its users to redeem e-coupons or tickets to enjoy an array of entertaining and inspiring cultural activities and programmes. In May 2019, GreenCoin users had the exclusive chance to use 3 Coins to exchange for one ticket of PolyU Orchestra - Pre-departure Concert, Stuttgart Exchange Programme. More partners and events under the GreenCoin campaign will come to offer users an exciting experience!

Download and enjoy the GreenCoin App now and read updates about it at https://www.polyu.edu.hk/greencampus/greencoin!

 

More reverse vending machines on campus

In addition to the existing reverse vending machine (RVM) at Podium level of Shaw Amenities Building (VA), two new machines have been recently introduced on campus by the Campus Sustainability Office. They are located on the Podium level of Lee Shau Kee Building (Block Y) and on 2/F of Block Z respectively.

These RVMs function more than promoting plastic recycling on campus. They also serve to highlight the message on responsible and clean recycling of bottles. Adding more fun to this, making use of the RVMs and support plastic recycling will mean a chance to be part of the GreenCoin community! Drop a clean plastic beverage bottle into the machine, and you will be shown a QR code on its display panel. You can then scan it via the GreenCoin app to earn Coin for gifts and e-coupons.

You can also explore the GreenMap@PolyU to find the locations of these recycling machines.

 

Campus Greenery - Big-leaved Fig (大葉榕)

Big-leaved Fig is a large and deciduous tree which can grow up to 18m tall. It grows slowly but can grow well in most conditions. It can withstand strong wind and provide a very ideal shading function. It has very distinctive buttress and prop roots that you won’t miss. 

You can find Big-leaved Fig around BC Wing and the jogging track on PolyU campus. To learn more about the trees at PolyU, do check them out from TreeMap@PolyU.

 

Green IT Tips - Digital note-taking tool brings convenience

No matter you are a staff or a student, you may often need to take notes during classes or meetings to jot down key points that may otherwise slip your mind. There are digital solutions to help, and you need not rely on a pen and paper to do note-taking.

Microsoft OneNote is currently available to all PolyU staff and students for FREE. There are a number of benefits with using Microsoft OneNote:

  • With OneNote App installed on your desktop computers, laptops and mobile devices, you can have easy access to your notes and records anytime and from anywhere.
  • URLs and digital images can be easily copied and pasted to your notes.
  • Voice messages can be recorded.
  • Ideas can be easily sketched on tablets.
  • You can search through your notes using keywords, thus saving time to flip through the many pages of a paper notebook.
  • Notes can be easily shared with others who can also contribute at the same time.

Click here to learn more about OneNote.

 

 

3. Stakeholder Engagement

Colleagues’ contribution to greening workplace recognized

PolyU’s Green PolyU Awards – Green Office programme, the unique campus-wide campaign to drive green workplace culture, has just concluded its Phase 3 in June 2019. It is the University’s leading initiative for rewarding and celebrating offices for their contribution to drive resource efficiency and reducing negative environmental impacts.

Members of the University management, departmental Green Officers and colleagues gathered on 4 June 2019 and saw its award ceremony. The ceremony presented awards to four winning offices as recognition of their efforts to green their workplaces and their outstanding abilities to achieve practical targets in the Phase 3 assessment, and they were:

  • Gold Award winner – Campus Development Office
  • Silver Award winners – Human Resources Office and Industrial Centre
  • Bronze Award winner – General Education Centre

Representatives from these award-winning offices shared their good practices and their experience in proactively advocating behavioral change and managing the environmental impacts of their offices with all participants.

Green PolyU Awards – Green Office Programme Phase 4 will continue with more engaging and motivating activities to support colleagues to accelerate their progress in greening their offices.

 

GreenCoin gets wide media coverage

Being the first of its kind among local tertiary institutions, PolyU’s GreenCoin has excited the University community with the opportunities that they can enjoy self-benefitting incentives to reward their sustainable habits on campus. It integrates a user-friendly mobile app, engaging gaming strategies, individual green habits, and sustainability education in a fun-filled approach.

GreenCoin has garnered media attention as well! The PolyU team steering the GreenCoin development and operations met a few of the local reporters and astonished everyone in the media interview with their behind-the-scenes stories. A staff user was also there to share her personal experience and views towards this new campaign. Reporters at the spot learned about how GreenCoin operates, and how it represents a suitable model that can be further extended to deepen sustainability principles and concepts in the wider community.

Let’s read more from the media stories (Chinese only):

 

Knowing more about birds of Hong Kong

Campus Sustainability Office organized a lunch talk themed ‘Birds of Hong Kong’ for staff and students on 25 April 2019. Ms. Jessica Wong, Education Officer of the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society, came and briefed the participants some very interesting information about the biodiversity and ecology of birds in Hong Kong. The talk received an enthusiastic response, and the participants were highly excited. This is part of the bigger picture of sustainability education on campus. This event helps enhance the participants’ ecological knowledge of birds, and in the long run, consolidates their appreciation towards nature and their awareness of conserving birds’ living environment in Hong Kong.

 

Celebrating International Day for Biological Diversity: knowing butterflies

PolyU commemorates the International Day for Biological Diversity by staging an engaging sharing on 22 May 2019. Organized by the Campus Sustainability Office, a lunch talk themed ‘Butterflies of Hong Kong’ stunned the campus community. Mr. Hydrogen Pun, Advisor of Fung Yuen Butterfly Reserve, Tai Po Environmental Association, came to meet the campus community with detailed information on the common butterflies species found in Hong Kong. Participants grasped the opportunity and learned to distinguish the different species, know how they breed and what makes their homes. They enjoyed a lot in this interesting and interactive sharing and were invited to rethink how city dwellers could have affected the living of the butterflies. With these events, CSO aims to raise the awareness of the campus community over the importance of biodiversity and a healthy ecosystem, since the number of butterflies species has reduced significantly.

 

Live GREEN 2019

Every year World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated on 5 June to spread awareness and to courage people to take action to protect the environment. To echo the WED, Campus Sustainability Office staged a series of activities during on 5 and 6 June 2019 named under the theme ‘Live GREEN’. A lunch talk was held as Dr. Xoni Ma, Founder and Education Director of Outdoor Wildlife Learning Hong Kong, came and presented interesting facts and findings related to the conditions of the forest and vegetation in Hong Kong. He offered all participants rich information on the development and conservation of Hong Kong’s country parks. Bonus Green Coins Day was featured to give GreenCoin users extra Coins upon their sustainable actions. Also, a polyfoam collection exercise was arranged to engage staff and students with dedicated boxes set up in canteens to collect polyfoam materials. This activity received an overwhelming response and collected approximately 7 Kg polyfoam in two days.

 

Used Item Collection in May

As the saying goes, sustainability not only addresses the impact on the environment but also our community. Joined by the Community Recycling Coop, a charitable organization established in Shamshuipo by the Industrial Relation Institute, PolyU Staff Association organized the used item collection campaign on 7 and 8 May 2019. A dedicated counter was set up to collect reusable items like books, household goods, stationery, toys, clothing, shoes, bags and electrical appliances. Over 2,300 Kg of items were collected from the University community. These items were handled by Community Recycling Coop to help the needy. The event was more than an occasion to promote reusing. It was also an opportunity to spread the message on sharing and caring for the community.

 

Impression of Natural Lantau activities

‘ECF Exploring WILD Lantau’ is an event organized by the Outdoor Wildlife Learning Hong Kong, aiming to raise public awareness over Lantau’s nature conservation. Campus Sustainability Office was delighted to be one of its supporting organizations, and helped in promoting and supporting the sharing session of ‘Impression of Natural Lantau’.

ECF Exploring Wild Lantau consists of four parts: (1) Intergeneration Lantau Ecology Training, (2) ‘Discover the Unknown Lantau Activity Day’ for primary and secondary school students, (3) ‘Impression of Natural Lantau’ Video Competition, Sharing Sessions and Workshops, and (4) Result release of ECF Exploring Wild Lantau and prize giving ceremony of the video competition.

In the workshops on PolyU campus, wildlife documentary directors Mr. Joseph Hung and the director of Breathing Room Miss Daphne shared their views and experience in nature photography with the audience. Their messages and stories inspired participants to learn to respect and conserve the natural environment.

 

Students’ creativity in bag design

The Material Resource Centre (MRC) of PolyU held the Play and Display Bag Design and material exhibition from 15 April to 2 May 2019, focusing on a new sustainable material Tyvek® and highlighting students’ creative bag design ideas. It brought together PolyU design students to play with Tyvek® tote bags using different materials and printing effects. Tyvek® is an innovative material that acts as a superior combination of paper and fabric. It is flexible and malleable but also manifests the ability to withstand moisture, chemicals, and extreme wear and tear. With this material, our students tested their imagination and turned possibilities into realities by producing their unique bags.

 

Walk into Upcycling Mini Exhibition

Material Resource Centre featured an exhibition for the University community and the public in July 2019 to examine the various aspects of upcycling. Staged on the 11/F of the Jockey Club Innovation Tower, the exhibition presented two special benches made of Mimosaceae (相思木)from fallen trees which caught attention from all visitors. These benches, beautifully crafted, demonstrated an excellent example of how the recycling process worked well by turning unwanted fallen trees into public seats. Besides, the exhibition also showed pictures in frames made of recycled fabrics to reveal the beauty of the four seasons. Works from R2 and made in sample, MRC’s collaborators were featured as well to exhibit creativity in upcycling.

 

Advocating paper reduction with partners

A survey revealed that Hong Kong offices use a staggering 190 million sheets of paper a week, which if stacked up would be equivalent to the height of more than 51 International Finance Centers. It may be a hint to show many companies in the city are not aware of the need to reduce waste at source.

A local green group, the World Green Organisation (WGO) launched a Paper Saving Campaign in April 2019, calling for attention towards paper reduction. WGO hosted its press conference in April 2019 to give out more details on this campaign. It invited over 500 companies, schools, non-government organizations, and individuals to sign its Paper-Saving Declaration. By signing, these parties pledged to avoid the use of paper unless necessary. PolyU assumes the role of the campaign’s technical partner, drawing upon its success and achievements in the University’s PaperReduction@PolyU Campaign in 2017/18. PolyU believes all office workers can help build a paper-saving culture by making simple changes. They can reuse single-sided paper and adopt double-sided printing. Adopting workflow automation and digitalization of documents will also generate a big impact on paper reduction.

Note: The above activity is not organized by Campus Sustainability Committee or Campus Sustainability Office, PolyU. All information provided here is for reference only. Please approach the organizer for details.

 

Technologieson power saving

Industrial Centre’s Smart Energy Workshop (U301) has been renovated, bringing in Smart Building System and Smart Lighting Control System. With different air quality sensors, smart power meters and smart lighting controllers installed, users can monitor indoor air quality and electrical power consumption, and control lightings smartly from the web browser on a mobile phone and personal computer. Other enhancements are seen, including the improved visual management and user experience through an in-house developed web server which fetches the necessary information, and displays them in real-time on tailor-made web pages. The refurbishments intend to create an ambiance of smart monitoring and energy management, which sets an example for our smart city development.

 

Event decoration made more sustainable

Good Seed HK of the Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation (JCDISI) organized the Design for Social Impact Challenge 2019 on 20 June 2019 with support from DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Limited. The event aimed to promote social innovation and enable young people to seek resources to nurture their innovative ideas. Incorporating values and concepts of sustainability, the event organizer had the brilliant idea of applying a reusable wooden backdrop, and it can be repeatedly utilized on different occasions. This set up demonstrates that every one of us can contribute to conserving resources by having sustainable habits in different aspects. We can be mindful about event decorations, and stylishly recyclable items can be the core of our decoration. It is all about how we act to reduce negative environmental impacts.

 

Examining sustainable urban development in the Greater Bay Area

PolyU’s Faculty of Construction and Environment (FCE) organized an international forum ‘Translational Research Forum on Sustainable Urban Development in the Greater Bay Area’ on 26 and 27 April 2019. It was an excellent occasion to explore and showcase the latest research results and best practices of sustainable urban development. Issues related to urban infrastructure development, smart city and construction, energy, environment, urban informatics, and urban hazard mitigation were examined. Speakers from academia and professional practice from local and international institutions shared their work, experience, and insights on various topics.

At the forum, PolyU’s Deputy President Professor Philip C. H. Chan expressed that PolyU is keen to leverage its research strength in sustainable urban development to support and benefit the Greater Bay Area sustainable development.

 

Trial run of food waste collection at Hall

Homantin Hall has introduced a new initiative to further deepen sustainability concepts. Its Green Hall, in collaboration with the Campus Sustainability Office, has initiated a food waste collection program in April 2019. As a trial run, a food waste collection bin and a sieve are placed near the pantry sink in the Central Student Lounge of each hall (on 3/F, 8/F, 10/F, 15/F, 17/F, 22/F) for residents to put their food waste in. In turn, the food waste collected will be recycled into useful feed and fertilizers. To make this more visible to hall residents, notices and poster are shown to show how to best use the food waste collection bin and to highlight the Dos and Don’ts of food waste recycling.

 

 

4. Upcoming Activities

Orientation Info Day coming soon

The Campus Sustainability Office is going to welcome all new students at the Shaw Sports Complex during the Orientation Info Day on 30 August this year. Representatives from the Office will meet and talk to the young minds, introducing to them the various green features and engagement activities on campus. Latest mobile app and useful online platforms such as GreenCoin and GreenMap@PolyU will be featured. Freshmen will also be introduced to the various green campaigns including the UrbanFarming@U Seed workshops and Plastic Free Friday. They can also enroll into the urban farming workshops on the spot and be prepared to become part of the community to experience the joy of farming!

 

The annual VeggieLicious will hit the campus

Jointly organized by Campus Sustainability Committee (CSC) and the Campus Sustainability Office, the annual VeggieLicious is the biggest veggie promotional event on campus. It aims to reinforce the significance of sustainability among the PolyU community and to raise the awareness of green dining. The VeggieLicious 2019 will be held from 16 to 20 September 2019, featuring activities over a week including a lunch carnival, workshops, and lunch sharing. With the support from the catering outlets on campus, bigger discounts or increased choice of veggie dishes will be provided during the week. Do join these activities and be part of us to go veggie more often!

 

 

5. In Pursuit of Excellence

PolyU Achievements in the 47th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva

The 47th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, one of the most important exhibitions of inventions in the world, took place from 10 to 14 April 2019 with the participation of over 800 exhibitors from more than 40 countries/regions. This year, PolyU garnered 18 awards altogether, including four Grand Awards, two Gold Medals with the Congratulations of Jury, three Gold Medals, two Silver Medals, and seven Special Merit Awards.

The winning projects of PolyU cover a variety of applications, ranging from green living, smart city, healthcare, wearable energy sources, to manufacturing spectrum in textile and precise polishing. They are:

  • WiseEye: AI-based Textile Material Inspection System
  • Palm-sized 3D Ultrasound Imaging System for Radiation-free Scoliosis Assessment
  • Mobile Exo-neuro-musculo-skeleton for Self-help Post-stroke Upper Limb Rehabilitation
  • Flexible, Stable, High-energy Textile Lithium Batteries
  • Indirect Evaporative Cooler for Efficient Energy Recovery
  • Curvature-adaptive Multi-jet Freeform Polishing System for Precision Manufacturing
  • An Industrial IoT-based Smart Robotic Logistics Management System

You can visit the Institute for Entrepreneurship for more details about the awards received by PolyU.

 

 

6. Green News Around Us

More about World Environment Day (WED) and World Oceans Day (WOD)

Run by the United Nations, World Environment Day (WED) is held on 5 June every year to raise awareness of the environment and specific environmental issues. The theme for 2019 is ‘Beat Air Pollution’, and it invites us all to consider how we can change our everyday lives to reduce the amount of air pollution, and thwart its contribution to global warming and its effects on our own health.

The United Nation's World Oceans Day (WOD) is a celebration of the globe's oceans. It is made up of a series of events all over the world on 8 June, to celebrate the majesty of the world's oceans and raise awareness about their preservation. The designated focus this year is ‘Gender and Oceans’, highlighting the important role gender equality has to play in ensuring effective conservation of our oceans, seas, and marine life.

 

Celebrating Hong Kong Green Day in June

Since 2013, the Green Council has marked 5 June as the ‘Hong Kong Green Day’ to echo the World Environment Day to arouse public awareness on environmental protection, and it has become Hong Kong's annual environmental event.

The Hong Kong Green Day Kickoff Ceremony marked the launch of a series of green campaigns in June 2019 to inspire everyone to ‘Go Green, Act Green!’​​. The Hong Kong SAR Government Environmental Protection’s ambassadors, Big Waster and Water Save Dave, were invited to provide tips on how to live a plastic-free lifestyle. The Ceremony also announced the winners of Go Green Act Green School Programme to commend participating students who contributed to promoting green life.

More interesting activities were held and information on these events can be read from: https://www.greencouncil.org/hkgd

 

Hong Kong stages the Plastic-free Fun Fair

To celebrate World Environment Day and World Oceans Day, the Environmental Campaign Committee (ECC) held the Plastic-free Fun Fair on 9 June 2019 under the theme ‘Go Plastic-free’ at Tai Kwun in Central. The second phase of the ‘Plastic-free Takeaway, Use Reusable Tableware’ promotion campaign, extended to cover more restaurants, was also launched at the event to encourage members of the public not to obtain disposable tableware when they order takeaways and to cultivate plastic-and-disposable-free habits.

With the ‘four plastic-free must-haves’, namely reusable cutlery, a food container, a water bottle and an eco-bag in hand, the officiating guests invited the public to show their commitment to discard plastic together and enjoy the Plastic-free Fun Fair.

The Fair involved nearly 30 different entities to jointly highlight the plastic-free message through various activities, including interactive educational booths, sharing sessions, upcycling workshops, and music performances. 

 

Views sought on decarbonisation

The Council for Sustainable Development starts the public engagement exercise on the Long-term Decarbonisation Strategy, aiming to raise public awareness of the impact of carbon emissions and gauge community views on developing feasible carbon reduction strategies. It has released a Public Engagement Document to highlight three main topics for discussion, including transition towards a low-carbon society, reducing energy use and further decarbonising electricity generation, and low-carbon transport in a smart city. With views sought from the public, the Council plans to make recommendations to the Government by the end of this year. Regional forums, a youth forum, school activities, and briefing sessions will be held according in the coming three months to collect feedback from members of the public.

More background and details of the public engagement can be read from the Council’s dedicated website at https://www.susdev.org.hk/