HKUST 2020 Sustainability Challenge

HKUST strives to become a global leader in sustainability education by transforming the Clear Water Bay campus into a living laboratory for experiential learning, demonstrating cutting-edge research and sustainable operations within a vibrant and engaged community. In the short-term, we will take the first step towards this vision with the HKUST 2020 Sustainability Challenge.

Following the approved HKUST 2020 Sustainability Challenge, a new Sustainable Operations Executive Committee (ExCo) was formed with members of Directors from different administrative and operations offices, and student and staff representatives. Throughout the year, the group has developed an implementation plan which included the following:

Building the Administrative Infrastructure

The ExCo has developed and is proposing for consideration by the G5 the university policies (Sustainability Policy, High Performance Building Policy, Green Renovation Policy, Sustainable Purchasing Policy).

Building Capacity in our Community

ExCo has approved a set of Sustainability Guidelines to improve the campus environment (Sustainable Office, Green Office Purchasing, Sustainable Events). The guidelines shall be used by the Office Sustainability Representatives appointed by different offices/units for the new Sustainability Network.

Meeting the 2020 Reduction Goals
  • The committee has agreed on the pathways for reaching the waste reduction goal of 50% by 2020 (using 2014 as the baseline). The action plan includes high emphasis on addressing food waste, animal bedding, landscape waste and recycling.
  • To reach the energy reduction goal of 10%, an Energy Conservation Measure Working Group was formed. The pathway included undertaking energy reduction strategy in lighting, improving air-conditioning controls in buildings, efficiency gains in chiller plant, recommissioning building areas and cutting energy from off-peak period. A comprehensive metering and data collection program was launched for installing meters in academic building and lab area for real-time analysis and actions. Consultants will conduct commissioning studies and energy audits to help identify energy reduction opportunities.
Communicating for Success

To demonstrate our commitment on sustainability and related education, research and operations work in a hands-on learning environment, a new working group was formed to evaluate possibilities and feasibility for developing new campus displays for ideas and actions.

To better integrate sustainability actions into the operations of the university, the contract for cleaning services was restructured to require the use of green cleaning supplies, enhanced recycling capabilities, and introduced performance measurement as a management instrument. To ensure ongoing improvements, a Cleaning Steering Committee was formed to regularly monitor progress in these areas.