The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) staged a special ceremony to mark the first inauguration of Green Officers. This ceremony not only accords public recognition to Green Officers for their contribution in arousing environmental awareness at departmental level, but also provides them with the unique opportunity to establish constructive dialogues with their green-minded fellows and the territory's green veterans on best practices.
Presided over by Prof. Alex Wai, Vice President (Research Development) and Chairman of Campus Sustainability Committee, the inauguration saw the presentation of bolo ties to Green Officers from some 60 departments and offices of the University. Addressing the ceremony, Prof. Wai, said, "The University has made sustainability our strategic focus and we have been incorporating sustainability principles at all levels of our work, across our planning, capital development, infrastructure, research, curriculum, and daily operations with a significant speed. This first-ever inauguration marks another important milestone in the University's pathway in advancing sustainability." He also expressed thanks to all Green Officers and colleagues who have spent efforts in cultivating a strong sense of environmental responsibility.
Overseen by the Campus Sustainability Office and nominated by their Heads of offices, Green Officers will assist in the coordination and implementation of campus sustainability and environmental policies in their own offices. They also help in executing various environmentally friendly measures and lead by example to proactively promote green culture in the workplace.
At the same occasion, the first "Green PolyU Awards – Green Office" programme was officially kicked-off. This innovative programme comprises systematic and structured training activities, workshops, visits and abundant resources for all staff members. Under this programme, all PolyU departments and offices will be brought together to build green values, accelerate positive changes in their offices and implement workplace green practices. Phase one of the programme commenced in July and invited participation from academic and administrative units to perform self-assessment on their workplace 'green performance' and make improvements. Those who successfully comply with the programme requirements will be recognized with Green Office Award labels and certificates for their outstanding effort.