20 HKUST UGs and PGs students are selected as the Eco-reps of the Sustainable Campus Leadership Program every year. They will design and undertake hands-on green campus projects to improve the sustainable performance of our campus during the academic year.
Water. What was once an essential part of healthy living, access to clean water has become a luxury only a select few can afford. Urban Population, per capita consumption is increasing every day, water resources and availability is going down and water pollution is on the up. If one looks at the condition of water resources, the message is clear: We must do something and we must do it now. However, there is a certain lack of urgency when it comes to water conservation. I hope by participating in this program I can help not only raise awareness but also develop effective, sustainable and scalable solutions for the problem.
In Hong Kong society, people only focus on money, money and money… The natural environment is damaged because of the selfishness of human. People care about their own interest but neglect to strike a balance between development and environmental protection. Being an Eco-Rep is a very precious chance for me to voice for the environment and arouse attention around the campus, driving more and more people to care about sustainability. I hope my passion will not only help spread the message of sustainability to my surrounding people, but also the whole campus!
Hi, I’m Duan Chih Kang, it’s ok that you can’t pronounce my name, just call me Justin. I’m from Taiwan, currently still exploring HK, make sure you bring me on if you are heading any interesting place in HK, just show me around. I hope Hong Kong government can put more emphasis on sustainability, since it really surprises me that a high-developed place like Hong Kong is still using styrofoam, which is one of the least environment-friendly materials you can think of. I joined this program in the wish of promoting this idea as well as to enrich myself, to expand my horizon by exchanging my idea with my future teammate. Hopefully I will gain more experience and get to know some interesting people!
Last year in high school, my English teacher made the class watch ‘The Inconvenient Truth’. That moment truly ’switched’ my sense of awareness on all the pollution, littering, excessive wastage and global warming happening in the world. I feel like humanity is constantly taking everything they can from Planet Earth and what humans do to alleviate the losses are definitely not close to enough. As a rational and educated college student, I think that it is part of my responsibility to act upon this everlasting and inevitable problem that is environmental destruction. An obvious start was to take part in the change of my own community, so I signed up in my school’s ‘Go Green Club’ which was the beginning of my ‘eco-journey’. Entering college, it is undoubtedly a must for me to also be the environmental change I want to see in Campus, which is why I am now in UST’s Eco-reps Sustainable Program. I am currently working on Food Waste Recovery and Disposal.
I enjoyed outdoor activities and I hope that the future generation could also enjoy getting close with nature. Therefore, I'm always aware of the importance of sustainability. I believe that sustainability is not something big, rather, it's something closely related to our daily life. I joined this program in hopes of learning and contributing more to a sustainable campus, and perhaps to inspire more fellow schoolmates to live out a sustainable lifestyle. Only by working together we could create a better world.
I enrolled in the eco-reps program for year 2016-2017 and our group’s project focuses on promoting rechargeable batteries charged by solar power. I sincerely hope that our campus can rely more on renewable energy and minimize waste. I am so happy to have committed groupmates who share the same goal with me. I do hope our project could make some differences to the campus, but what I will enjoy more is the process.
Aspired by the beauty of the nature, I chose the pathway in studying environmental science. I want to contribute myself from what I have learnt in these years back to conserving the environment and achieving better sustainability between our daily lives and the environment. Facing the ocean with hills on the other side, HKUST has nice natural resources with great scenery. While we do not know how to appreciate it, I hope, through this programme, I can influence people to have a sense on conserving this beautiful nature.
I graduated as an Agricultural Engineer from High School, then I did Master in Natural Resource Management in my country Pakistan. I chose Environmental Engineering here in HKUST because it gives better understanding and solutions for sustainable development of our living. Now one of the main reasons behind my passion about sustainability is that I believe, we as human are supposed to do better for the whole ecosystem but instead, we are responsible for doing many damages to it. Also sustainability to me is about thinking smart then why not to be as smart as we can, by practicing it. By taking part in this program, I expect to learn how things work out of the books and practice some sustainable activities physically for our community, and also to put my contributions up to some extent in this globally required effort.
One of the main reasons I am passionate about the environment is that I was alarmed by the fact that if we keep on depleting the finite resources in the world and polluting this beautiful landscape but do nothing about it, the environment we live in will become harsher and harsher. I cannot imagine one day, surface dweller on earth will have to live underground. Therefore I major in EVMT which I hope one day I can inspire more people to integrate development with sustainability. Becoming an Eco Rep has given me a chance to really work on a real sustainability project on campus and really make an impact on campus.
Sustainable development is the future trend and many corporations and organizations had already paid more attention to sustainability such as increasing the energy efficiency and also the waste management. As a final year student studying in environmental management, I hope to seize this chance to raise the environmental awareness among the students in campus by joining Eco-rep. Not only I can meet a group of passionate students towards the environment, but I can also carry out a sustainable campus project on our own to spread the environmental messages to HKUST community. On top of these, I believe that this program would give me insights for my future prospect.
I love nature. Being raised in New Territories with my cats and dogs, I developed strong passion on the environment. As I grow up, I understand more about how human activities affect the earth. Mother Nature provides a lot of resources for human being. With well resources management, I believe mankind could enjoy sustainable social and economic development while at the same time conserve the environment. I am eager to persuade a greener UST in this program and expand the green idea throughout the campus, and our city. Let’s build a greener and brighter future together!
This is my final year in UST. As an environmental lover, I look for every opportunity to contribute to the environment and the community. I am really glad that I can grab the last chance as a student in UST to join the Eco-rep program to do something to transform UST campus into a more sustainable one. I look forward to working with different people and sharing our views towards sustainability.
Back in the secondary school day, Geography has always been my favourite subject. I have learnt a lot of ‘best practices’ for making our planet a better place for the nature and the humankind, but I also realize that it is easier said than done. Recalling my previous travelling experience, sometimes I was impressed by sustainability innovations in other countries, and people really integrate sustainability into their daily life, which is a strong contrast to Hong Kong.
Then I asked myself: ‘Why is there such difference?’ ‘Can I be the one who make a change?’ I have been working in the Geography and Conservancy Society in my alma mater to promote sustainability, and now I very glad to extend my footsteps in university as an Eco-Rep. I look forward to working with other like-minded students, and hope we can eventually make a green impact on the HKUST community.
I have formed awareness of environmental protection since a very young age, and I am always actively seeking chances to contribute my values to the environment. Thankfully, I seized the opportunity to become an Eco-Rep, which allowed me to do something for the environment in a bigger scale. I believe that people's awareness is the biggest obstacle of environmental conservation. Through this program, I hope to convert the concept of environmental protection into a lifestyle, demonstrate to people that environmental protection is inseparable from our life. A small change in behavior can create a big difference in the environment. Let's take action now!
I’ve always been the person who won't want to throw a piece of paper or plastic bottle directly into the bin. I’m the person who will hold on to these items and wait until I find a place where I can recycle them to make sure that nothing goes to waste. Having grown up in The Netherlands and spending lots of time outdoors, I’ve come to realise the importance and the responsibility that we have, to take care of our surroundings and put a stop to the harm we are causing our environment. It is said that “the greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it”. It’s important to see that if everyone contributes even in the smallest way, we can help make a difference together, and I see the Eco-reps program as the perfect opportunity to bring about a significant change.
As an aspiring chemical engineer, there is nothing more I want to do than developing renewable, self-sustaining systems to generate energy for our world to use. It's no secret that people live longer. Therefore, sustainable development is very important. If energy continues to be generated by finite fossil fuels, instead of sustainable resources, the environmental damage will eventually lead to a catastrophe. I joined this program because I wanted to explore all the different aspects of sustainability. I wanted to make a difference and take action to change our world for the better. I'll start with changing myself, then the campus and hopefully, the world.
In a speech by John Kennedy, he stated how the current economic system had ‘surrendered personal excellence and community values for the material accumulation of wealth’. Although this statement is slightly dated, it can still be applied to the philosophy of modern society. The actions that we take today will shape the future of many generations to come. Therefore, as individuals and communities, it is our responsibility to change our current ways and become more sustainable. By becoming an eco-rep, I am able to start applying my academic learning to complex problems that the world is facing.
Born and raised in Beijing, I have witnessed the contamination and how people are suffering from it. It could have been splendid on account of the renowned cultural heritages yet it is now blanket with the choking smog. Whenever I tell people where my hometown is, they would ask, "do you have to wear a mask?" That is one of the reasons I am determined to join this program. Though my major seems to be irrelevant, I feel like every individual, as a pivotal part of this planet's ecosystem, should take the responsibility and unite to combat environmental problems. As an eco-rep, I feel honored to help our campus make differences. I would keep being a conservationist at the same time. Thanks to this program and the friends I have met here, I have realized that even simple actions can make real differences.
Hi, my name is Ian. I finished a degree in Civil Engineering and I am now doing a master degree in Environmental Engineering and Management. Many friends, colleagues and even my family asked me why I changed education path from civil engineering to environmental engineering. There is only one reason, it is challenging and I like it. It is easy to build things up, however it is difficult to avoid imposing impact to the environment at the same time. I would like to take the role on protecting our living environment and the Earth, and spend my work life on it. As an Eco-Rep, I expect that I can gain some practical experience on building green facilities.
To me, nothing is more challenging and rewarding than applying what I have learnt from books and lectures into something tangible. As my major combines environmental science and business skills, the leadership program gives me the perfect opportunity to utilize both fields of knowledge. Simply I believe sustainability is not just about science but also our people. Sustainability is such a big thing now because we have lived so unsustainably in the past decades. If every one of us believes in our own strength of making a change, we will make a change. I am honored to carry out and lead projects with my fellow teammates that enhance our campus’ sustainability, and hopefully, create Hong Kong’s most sustainable campus. A little bit about myself is I enjoy being in a natural environment and I love movies and hamsters.
I am so thankful to have lived in HK, where natural resources like clean water are easily accessible. In the meantime, I feel guilty for being a selfish human by living a pleasant lifestyle but ignoring the roars and tears of the nature. This thought has driven me to make contribution to our earth. Yet I understand how small and insignificant I am that it is impossible to make great changes. So, it is great to have this program that gathers people with same passion. Let’s build up a more sustainable campus and raise awareness in the community!
I hope to reduce water consumption by changing current infrastructure and unsustainable behavior within the community. I aspire to pursue international or environmental law, consulting, or the nonprofit sector to fight for social justice, environmental conservation, and increased global access to education.
Year 3, World Bachelor in Business