Davis Bookhart joined HKUST in August, 2013 as senior manager and Head of the university's Sustainability Unit. Bookhart's charge is to facilitate the creation and implementation of a comprehensive sustainability master plan, focusing on reducing or eliminating the University's environmental impacts, addressing and managing risks that arise from climate change and resource scarcities, and preparing students for careers that will be shaped by an increasingly stressed planet. Bookhart is also Secretary of the Environmental Sustainability Steering Committee (ESSCOM), a sub-committee of the University Administrative Council (UAC).
Bookhart comes to HKUST after eight years as the head of the Office of Sustainability at Johns Hopkins University. As the founding director, Bookhart launched the office to focus on integrating students and faculty into campus sustainability projects to the greatest extent possible, while promoting sustainability through collaboration between departments and in the local community. In this role, Bookhart also worked with Baltimore City leaders to develop policies and programs to promote sustainable actions City-wide. Before joining Johns Hopkins, Bookhart founded Charm21 – Clean and Healthy Air through Renewables in Maryland – a non-profit group advocating the use of renewable fuels and resources in the Baltimore region, and was senior project director of the public interest group Consumer Energy Council of America.
Bookhart holds a master's degree in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a master's of American Literature from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He serves as an Editorial Board member of Sustainability: The Journal of Record, and is an Advisory Board member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). In 2008 Bookhart was appointed by then Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon to serve a four year term on the City's Sustainability Commission, and was reappointed in 2012 by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
Loretta Luk is the Program Manager (Sustainability) at the Health, Safety and Environment Office where she works closely with students and engages stakeholders across campus community in promoting sustainability in all levels of actions and decisions.
Loretta joined the Sustainability Unit in November 2012 with ten years of experience in communications, brand management, campaign, program development and event management. Prior to that she worked at a leading global conservation organization, NGO and universities in Hong Kong and became passionate about environmental sustainability and its connection to education. She received her master in international and public affairs from the University of Hong Kong and holds a BBA in Accounting from HKUST.
As a strong believer of the mission of United World College where Loretta graduated from, she was inspired by the experience of international understanding and youth empowerment that unite people, nations and cultures to build a sustainable future. She is excited to engage HKUST students, staff and faculty in realizing the sustainability goals. She enjoys hiking and traveling in nature.
Denise joined the Health, Safety and Environment Office in November 2015 as a Health, Safety and Environment Specialist of Sustainability Unit. She has graduated with Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. After graduation, she worked in a laboratory managing projects relating to the environmental aspects. She voluntarily takes up the position on a NGO and involves in environmental protection activities.
Denise's duties include collecting and analyzing sustainability data of the university and assisting in the implementation of various sustainability programs. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking and taking photographs of nature.
I believe that human and nature are in a close relationship that we will be influenced a lot if our nature is destroyed. We therefore have to protect it and make a balance as we are extracting resources from it for our development.
BSc in Biology