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Message from the 2021 Convening Institution

Universities have a social responsibility for sustainable development. 

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is honoured to take up the convenorship of the HKSCC again and chair the executive committee in 2021. Over the past decade, the consortium has become one of the major platforms to advance sustainable development in the tertiary education sector in the region.

Universities have a social responsibility for sustainable development. From installing solar panels to engaging in community projects, the eight member institutions of the HKSCC have made some amazing changes on their campuses. At CUHK, the philosophy of sustainable development is firmly embedded in all our values and aspirations and we have implemented policies and programmes that place sustainability at the centre of our university life. We look forward to working with fellow HKSCC members to explore and deliver innovative solutions and develop responsible processes that will benefit the tertiary education and school sectors in Hong Kong.

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen individuals work together and make positive differences on one another’s wellbeing. The HKSCC is a community committed to building sustainable campuses where brilliant people come together to learn, work, create and prosper. We believe that our joint effort will promise a more sustainable future for those who follow in our footsteps.


Eric S. P. Ng
Co-Chair, HKSCC Executive Committee
Cecilia S. S. Lam
Co-Chair, HKSCC Executive Committee

Background

There is increasing global attention to climate change and the associated challenges of sustainable development. Asia is a region that is highly vulnerable—in which economic development, environmental degradation, and the growth of the higher education sector have been dramatic in recent decades. Public and private organisations around the world are seeking new ways to respond to these issues. Universities in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) recognize that they have a responsibility to take up this challenge by contributing to solutions and strategies that will serve our community and the world.

Therefore, the Vice-Chancellors and Presidents of the eight publicly-funded universities in the HKSAR signed the Hong Kong Declaration in May 2010—a statement of principles which highlights the importance of sustainable development in light of climate change, and a commitment to provide appropriate responses to the ensuing challenges through the universities’ core missions of research, teaching and knowledge exchange. The Hong Kong Declaration also acknowledges the importance of universities to serve as models within the community and to work across communities to forge appropriate solutions.

With the signing of the Hong Kong Declaration, all the eight institutions joined hands to form the Hong Kong Sustainable Campus Consortium (HKSCC) in 2010.

  • Encourage and promote the ongoing efforts of the member universities in their development and implementation of sustainability solutions through research and teaching, campus policies and operations, local and international outreach, and knowledge exchange;
  • Provide a vehicle for mutual support and the exchange of good practices with member universities through appropriate programs, projects and activities, and the establishment of specialist groups and/or working parties, as necessary;
  • Provide a platform for public discussion of these issues through regular meetings, conferences, ad hoc projects, electronic communications and other means; and
  • Facilitate the sharing of information and resources as the member universities’ interests and activities with regard to sustainability expand in the future.

HKSCC Strategic Plan 2019–2027

One of the many positive outcomes of the HKSCC over the past eight years was the coalescing of a strong sustainability vision among the eight schools. While each school remained unique in character, the identity of the consortium took shape as a collective force for promoting sustainability within our larger higher education community. First by sharing ideas, approaches, and data, and later by collaborating on areas of interest, the consortium now has a solid foundation for promoting sustainability within the Hong Kong university sector. Over the next eight years, the consortium has the potential to move beyond a platform of sharing to a platform for developing more dynamic and active collaborative sustainability solutions. This 20192027 Strategic Plan sets forth goals, strategies, and tactics for achieving this vision.  

HKSCC Executive Committee

Member universities take turns to take up the HKSCC convenorship on a yearly basis, with secretarial support provided by the convening institution. In 2013, the HKSCC agreed to move the term of the convenorship from an academic year to a calendar year. In 2021, the consortium established the HKSCC Executive Committee, which is chaired by the convening institution

2021                 The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2020                 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
2019                 The University of Hong Kong
2018                 Lingnan University
2017                 The Education University of Hong Kong
2016                 Hong Kong Baptist University
2015                 City University of Hong Kong
2014                 The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
2012–2013      The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2011–2012      The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
2010–2011      The University of Hong Kong

Members of the HKSCC Executive Committee in 2021:

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Convening Institution)

Mr Eric S. P. NG (Co-Chair)
Vice-President (Administration) and University Secretary

 

Mrs Cecilia S. S. LAM (Co-Chair)
Chief Sustainability Officer
Director, Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development Office

Professor Chak K. CHAN
Dean of School of Energy and Environment 
Chair Professor of Atmospheric Environment 



 

Ms Brenda LAI
Director of Facilities Management



Ms Carolin FONG
Director of Estates 
 

Dr Shan Shan CHUNG
Senior Lecturer, Department of Biology


Professor Mark A. MCGINLEY
Professor of Teaching and Head of Science Unit
Director of Core Curriculum and General Education

 

          Mr Ian WOO
             Comptroller




Mr Wai Tat LAU 
Director of Estates


 

Professor Eric Po Keung TSANG
Associate Dean (Undergraduate Studies and Student Learning), Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences




Professor Christopher CHAO
Vice President (Research and Innovation)
Chair Professor of Thermal and Environmental Engineering
 

Mr Lawrence LAU
Director of Campus Facilities and Sustainability



Mr Davis BOOKHART 
Director, Sustainability/ Net-Zero Office
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Division of Environment and Sustainability
 

         
Professor Benjamin STEUER
            Assistant Professor, Division of Environment and                                      Sustainability

Mr K. L. TAM

Director of Estates    
 

            Professor Kaimin SHIH
            Professor, Department of Civil Engineering

Working groups established under the HKSCC Executive Committee: