HKBU held the HKBU Sustainability Targets cum Campus Environmental Sustainability Index Launching Ceremony on 20 April

at which it announced its commitment to a 20% reduction in waste disposal and carbon emissions, and 2% decrease in water consumption by 2020-21.

The Campus Environmental Sustainability Index, a unique and pioneering assessment tool integratingl cultural and facilities elements, was also launched officially.

Officiating at the ceremony were Mr Wong Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment of the HKSAR Government, Professor Roland Chin, President and Vice-Chancellor, Mr Andy Lee, Vice-President (Administration) and Secretary, Dr Chung Shan-shan, Convenor of Task Force on Sustainable Campus of HKBU, and Staff and Student Green Ambassadors.

In his welcome remarks, Professor Chin said that in response to the need to develop sustainably, on the global and regional level, and to further support the University's aim stated in its Institutional Strategic Plan 2018-2028 through a low-carbon and environmentally sustainable campus, HKBU has developed three sustainability targets, accomplishment of which cannot be achieved without a general shift towards more sustainable lifestyles.

In view of this, HKBU has implemented a series of measures to facilitate energy saving and reduction in carbon emissions, waste disposal and water consumption. These measures include organising carbon offset activities such as tree planting; improving energy efficiency of existing buildings and incorporating green building elements in new facilities; enacting the Green Event Regulations to reduce the use of disposable items; implementing food waste separation and recycling; promoting recycling and reuse of water resources as well as water saving practices. 

In addition, to assess the overall institutional sustainability performance, HKBU has developed the Campus Environmental Sustainability Index (CESI), a unique and pioneering assessment tool integrating  cultural and facilities elements. On the cultural aspect, data related to the daily habits of the University community for conserving the environment and improving sustainability is collected through survey and focus group discussions, so as to quantify the effectiveness of the University's environmental initiatives and promotion in changing the habits of the University community. On the hardware aspect, performance of facilities is measured against international, government and industry standards.

In the past two years, over 5,000 staff and students were surveyed and the results demonstrate a six percent increase in cultural performance in environmental sustainability, reflecting the increasing environmental awareness among the University community. The University hopes to monitor the effectiveness of its environmental measures with CESI to further enhance its relevant initiatives.