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Vision & Committment

HKUST is committed to creating a more vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable campus to support the university's educational goals and priorities.  This commitment was first articulated in the Hong Kong Sustainable Campus Consortium Declaration, where the presidents of eight Hong Kong universities stated: "We recognize the important role and responsibilities of the higher education sector to provide appropriate responses to the challenges of climate change and sustainable development through our core missions of research, teaching, and knowledge exchange."

Building on that momentum, HKUST adopted a powerful new vision for moving the campus forward.

HKUST will become a global leader in sustainability education by transforming the Clear Water Bay campus into a carbon neutral, zero waste, and net-positive environmental impact living laboratory for experiential learning, demonstrating cutting-edge research and sustainable operations within a vibrant and engaged community.

The Long term vision will be initially implemented through a five-year plan called the HKUST 2020 Sustainability Challenge. The Plan entails four Focus Areas:

Sustainability Education, with leadership provided by the EVPP, where new sustainability curricula will be developed as well as a series of support structures that assist faculty in teaching sustainability across the curriculum.
Operations, with leadership provided by VPAB, where the energy, greenhouse gases, and landfill waste are systemically reduced.
The HKUST Community, with leadership provided by the President, where a community-oriented Sustainability Network is established to communicate and share ideas on creating a sustainable campus environment.
Demonstration of sustainability-related research on campus, with leadership provided by VPRG to showcase new ideas and solutions to sustainability challenges.

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.

SINGHAL, Avinash
MSc in Civil Infrastructural Engineering and Management