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What is HKUST Sustainability Network?

The 2020 Challenge identified the creation of a “Network” as one of the four key pillars of the action plan. The Sustainability Network, initially comprising 26 individuals from representing different offices, departments and schools across the university, will form the social backbone to support and advance sustainability actions and policies.

Objectives of the Network?

Targeting the largest/most active and administrative offices and departments on campus, the goal is to have representation from a cross section of the university in order to share ideas, provide updates and new information, celebrate successes, and provide feedback on new initiatives. Members of the Network will also be an avenue for bringing this news and information back into the offices and departments, sharing best practices, and helping to engage their colleagues in sustainable office practices.

Roles of the Sustainability Network Representatives?

Each office will select one staff member to be their representative in the Network. This Sustainability Network Representative (SNR) will attend quarterly meetings and contribute advice and feedback to other members during the meetings. They may be asked to prepare in advance for meetings by reviewing notes or other briefing materials. Outside of the meetings, SNRs may advance any interesting or relevant information to their colleagues and office-mates, and can serve as a resource to their colleagues if there are questions about HKUST sustainability goals, objectives, or actions. In addition, SNRs may bring concerns from their colleague back to the Network quarterly meetings for discussion and further action.  
Members can now download the Sustainability Guidelines about the practices to contribute to a more sustainable campus.

Which offices are part of the network now?

Academic Registry,Campus Service Office,Center for Education Innovation,Cener for Language Education, Office of Postgraduate Studies, Office of the Dean of Business and Management, Office of the Dean of Engineering, Office of the Dean of Humanities & Social Science, Office of the Dean of Science, Office of the Dean of Students, Office of the Executive Vice-President & Provost, Office of the Vice-President for Research & Graduate Studies, Facilities Management Office, Finance Office, Human Resources Office, Health, Safety & Environment Office, HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Stud,y Interdisciplinary Programs Office, Information Systems Office, Information Technology Services Center,Public Affairs Office,Publishing Technology Center,Purchasing Office,Student Affairs Office,Student Housing & Residential Life Office.

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.

Cho Tze Hei, Felix
Year 2, BSc in Science