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Eco-Reps

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.

2015-2016
Avinash Vinod BHARWANEY Year 1, BBA Undeclared

One of the main reasons behind my strong belief for maintaining a sustainable lifestyle and encouraging to follow suit is because it is a need. I believe it is our duty; our responsibility as mankind is to take care of this beautiful world and preserve it so that future generations can also appreciate its beauty. “Yesterday, you said tomorrow”. The great thing about the Eco-rep program is that we are pushed to actually plan and execute something concrete and tangible. We aren’t just talking, but we’re getting down and dirty, creating and doing and learning along the way. In my spare time, I play the guitar, listen to music, eat a lot of food and chill with friends and family.

CHEW Shen Ean Pheodora Year 2, World Bachelor in Business

I am a Year 2 World Bachelor in Business student from Singapore, who will complete a bachelor’s degree in Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Milan. I have taken a keen interest in green initiatives and sustainable developments since my summer internship with a company that offered nanomaterials as a solution to eradicating the use of bleach and detergents to sanitize and disinfect surfaces. This was further inspired by the green developments in Singapore, where green buildings are being built to reduce the need for air-conditioning and artificial lighting. I am looking forward to promoting sustainable developments in HKUST with my team mates in the Sustainable Campus Leadership Program.

CHIU Yin Shan Year 3, BBA in Information Systems and Operations Management

Environmental conservation may not be the top concern for everyone, how about happiness? When we ponder it over, we will realize that a simple lifestyle with a grateful heart is the key to both.

Society is not something we could control individually, yet at the same time it is shaped by our collective behaviours. If all of us recognize the urgency of conservation and simply use less resource in daily life, we will create a butterfly effect and enjoy a sustainable society.

I am proud of our school's goal of becoming a green campus. Let us unite together and drive its success! Feel free to share with us your thoughts and insights.

CHO Tze Hei, Felix Year 1, BSc in Science

As a local student who has spent his entire life on this modern island named Hong Kong, I do understand how wasteful we had been, not only as a HongKonger, but also as a global citizen from the developed country. Our civilization enjoys the seemingly free fruits of Mother Nature for the past centuries, but this exploitation of resources eventually come to a price, which might eventually cost everything around us. There is definitely something we can do to prevent this from happening, and all this start from living sustainably to conserve the invaluable resources. Our university, known for her strength in science and technology, can undoubtedly act as the experimental ground for us to test on our ideas and benefit not just our campus but also elsewhere in the world. That's why I join eco-reps :)

CHOW Cheuk Man, Janice Year 2, BSc in Environmental Management and Technology

I am always hoping to make my city more sustainable. Since nowadays, we are using much more resources than our only Earth has. This arouses my concern on whether we can fully utilize the precious resources and how we can reduce the use of them. Changing the mindset and behavior of people around the world and arousing their awareness towards sustainability is a progressive task. The first step is to "Think global and act local". Therefore, I seize this opportunity to make my campus more sustainable by being an Eco Rep. Also, I believe this is a valuable experience for me to explore my strengths and weaknesses, and learn from peers who are also passionate about sustainability.

Andrea Beatriz Hernández Reyes Year 1, BEng in Engineering

I am from El Salvador, a small but beautiful country in Central America. Being raised in a country with beautiful landscapes and see how it was becoming very polluted generated my interest in joining environmental causes from a very young age. I am happy to be part of the Sustainable Campus Leadership Program because I believe big changes can be made when everyone makes a little contribution. This program will give me the opportunity to put some ideas into action next to people that share the same passion as me and help spread the green attitude amongst HKUST students.

KAM Tsun Ka, Jamie Year 2 BSc in Environmental Management and Technology

I am a passionate environmental lover. I realized the significance of conserving our environment when I was small and I attempted to practice “green” lifestyle in daily life. Being an Eco-rep not only can I turn HKUST to be a sustainable campus, but also gaining hands on experience in carrying out a large-scale project. However, individual power is insufficient to change our campus. I hope our concerted efforts can make our campus more dynamic and sustainable.

Varna Kanungo Year 3, BBA in Marketing and Information Systems

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Earth provides enough to satisfy everyone’s needs not everyone’s greed.” This quote rings with truth even today and has stayed with me for a long time. My passion to contribute towards the well-being of the Earth and making it more sustainable has led me to join this program. It is an excellent platform to discuss, collaborate and implement the ideas for a more “green” future for our society. “Every drop of water makes the ocean” and I am looking forward to contribute my share towards HKUST’s sustainability ventures and make a difference.

LAM Pui Yiu, Cristal Year 1, BSc in Science

Sustainable development is about "striking balance" which is also a big topic that concerns everyone. Joining as Eco-Rep is a golden chance for me to gain more insight of this issue. I am passionate about building a sustainable campus and I'm willing to commit more time and effort and fully-utilize my potential. Every little step can be an evolution. The key to success of green campus projects is not only about good concrete proposal, but also the power to change the deep-rooted thinking such as "everyone's matter is nobody's matter". Only if a project can arouse people's attention to make some changes, albeit the effort being a small one, the green campus project will be something more than a plan.

Veronica Qin Ting LI Year 1, BSc in Science

Since a very young age, I have been aware of the importance of environmental protection. At one point, I wanted to stop being part of the problem, and start being part of the solution. Being an Eco-Rep will allow me to take action on a larger scale than anything I have done before. Through this program, I hope to make a positive difference at HKUST, while setting the foundation for my sustainability-related career. Let us all take a step towards a brighter, greener future!

Stephan Llerena Year 2, World Bachelor in Business

Stephan Llerena is a Los Angeles native and a member of the World Bachelor in Business program. Raised by Ecuadorean-American parents, he speaks Spanish and French, spending much of his childhood summers in Ecuador, where he developed a love for nature. At the University of Southern California, he was a Los Angeles Community Impact consultant and consulted for Green Dot Public Schools. At HKUST, through the Ecoreps program, Stephan hopes to reduce water consumption by changing current infrastructure and unsustainable behavior within the community. Stephan aspires to pursue international or environmental law, consulting, or the nonprofit sector to fight for social justice, environmental conservation, and increased global access to education.

LO Ka Man Year 3, BSc in Environmental Science

As a student majoring in Environmental Science, I often look for opportunities to engage people around me to care more about the pressing environmental issues. With faith and passion, it is my dream to become an Eco-Rep to promote sustainability to more people on campus. For me, this is a valuable chance to take the first step towards sustainability vision as HKUST 2020 Sustainability Challenge, and help create a community-oriented Sustainability Network, and put efforts on resource reductions in energy, greenhouse gases & waste. I am so glad to be Eco-Rep and now my dream comes true!

POON Tsz Kiu Year 1, BBA

I was attracted by the program soon when I read the recruitment email. Since I was young, I have been passionate about environmental protection. Therefore, during my high school, I have engaged in a great variety of environmental-related activities, and I have learnt a lot from my science electives. However, I have never had a chance to put those knowledge into practice. Being an Eco-rep, I am very glad to receive this valuable opportunity and I am eager to transform HKUST into a more sustainable campus. I have not implemented such a large-scale of project so I am looking forward to it.

SHI Chi Chun, Jeffrey Year 2, BSc in Environmental Management and Technology

To promote the sense of environmental protection, I joined Eco-rep for making some differences in HKUST. I hope that Eco-reps' impacts are far-reaching; the future HKUST students can see our efforts several years later. I am glad to make new friends who have the same goal. I am glad to see our creative ideas being achieved. I am glad to be an Eco-rep!

Matthew SHUM Year 3, BSc in Environmental Management and Technology

“We are not saving the Earth, but our life instead.” This is the quote I heard from a professor here. Environmental problems have become a ticking time bomb to detonate for human civilization. As a student of environment studies, I can let my actions speak louder than my thoughts by undertaking hands-on green projects here. Winston Churchill once said, “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” In pursuit of making our world a better place to live, your little step forward, for sure, will be counted.

Avinash SINGHAL Year 1, MSc in Civil Infrastructural Engineering and Management

When the well is dry then we look for water. When the tree is burnt then we look for oxygen. When the lands are occupied then we look for shelter. Sustainable development is not about one’s passion, it is a mission for the mankind to save earth and to think about the wellbeing of generations to come and being an Eco Rep I got this opportunity to work towards the dream of a 100% Sustainable world.

TAM Hiu Yu Christy Year 1, BBA

Steve Jobs once said, “Right now is one of those moments when we are influencing our future.” As a student, with neither huge financial power nor political influence, I still insist on seeking ways to make contribution, large and small. Although this is just my first year in HKUST, I hope I can play a part in creating a sustainable campus. It may be just a drop in the ocean, yet I will not refrain from doing so just because it seems insignificant. Every little effort counts.

Tse Hon Ming, Mick Year 4, BEng in Mechanical Engineering

This is my final year of studies in HKUST. However, I found myself contributed nothing here. I really hope that I could leave some special memories here in HKUST. Being Eco-rep not only can I fulfill my dream, but also promote sustainability in HKUST. Till now, not much concepts of sustainability had been promoted. As a leading university in Asia, HKUST should take initiative in green development. Probably eco-rep is the program to start with.

WANG Hao Heng Year 2, BBA

I am a business student who has totally no idea what my business-related skills or knowledge could be applied to HKUST Sustainability until I actually participated in this program. I can as a result guarantee that no matter what you are major in or how terrible your GPA is, there is always at least a field you would contribute yourself to our projects. So don't be afraid my friend, please get ready to learn something you would never imagine. Let's brainstorm the most brilliant ideas and gear up for sustainable actions, creating a better tomorrow for HKUST, for the world.

Siwei XUE Year 1, MSc Environmental Science and Management

I am Siwei Xue. I am passionate about environmental management. In the Sustainable Campus Leadership Program, I am glad to see that I have the opportunity to promote the continual improvement of the environmental performance of HKUST campus by enrolling in well managed projects with achievable visions. As a postgraduate, I hope that my experience in the program can be applied in my future career such as managing projects and initiating green activities.

I am a business student who has totally no idea what my business-related skills or knowledge could be applied to HKUST Sustainability before I became an Eco-rep. I can now guarantee that no matter what you are major in or how terrible your GPA is, there is always at least a field you would contribute yourself to our projects.

Wang Hao Heng
Year 3, BBA