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2015.02.26
Greening Societies’ Promotion

Our campus is filled with positive energy and laughter with the student society’s promotional period kicking off in spring semester. By working with our students together, the Green Society Promotion Awards and recycling activities engaged them to organize their events in a sustainable manner, while enjoying the celebration. The result was not only a reduction of waste at its source, but also over 300 kg of reusable materials were collected for recycling or donation to local charity.


For the second year, the Sustainability Unit joined hands with the Student’s Union to organize the Green Society Promotion Competition to reward HKUST student societies that demonstrated outstanding sustainable actions during the society promotion period. Upon submission of green actions checklist and judging interviews and assessments, here is the list of winners of Green Society Promotion Award among 17 participating student societies:


First Prize- International Cuisine Society
Runners up Prizes- Environment Students’ Society, Yo-hoo Club
Prize for the Society who excelled at using recycled materials – The Photographic Society 
Prize for most eco-friendly souvenirs - Environment Students’ Society 
Prize for most creative eco-friendly promotion – Drama Society 
Prize for popular choice (most voted green action photos on Facebook) -Karate Club


As a new society, International Cuisine Society demonstrated an effective and eco-friendly promotion focusing on their core mission- meeting students from different countries through sharing of food. They designed their booth in an open counter with simple decorations of posters and stick-it notes with messages written by other students. Winning their marble games could get you the mouth-watering souvenirs (Food!) as well. They showed that a group can be successful without printing pamphlets or flyers, and that the entire effort can be done in a (nearly) zero-waste fashion. 

One of the two runner-up prizes went to the Environment Students’ Society (EVSS). Instead of distributing sponsored gifts, EVSS chose broad beans with printed words and graphics for students to grow their own plants and green their home, which also helped them win the Prize for most eco-friendly souvenirs as well. Aiming to reduce and recycle waste, their booth was decorated with paper flowers that were made of free magazine paper waste from the supermarket on campus and flower decorations from art exhibits. EVSS also promoted their year plan activities through board displays to minimize their number of printed leaflets. After the promotional period, they will reuse all the game and decoration materials. 

Another Runner-up prize goes to Yo-hoo Club. Every year they bring their members to experience new, exciting and fun outdoor activities. They received the green award with an impressive booth decoration made of natural materials, creating a nature-like zone for students to take a break. If you walk past, you would be attracted by their counter covered by tree leaves and beautiful swing made of bamboo and strings that have been reused for many years. By using materials of carton boxes, plastic bottles and bamboo, their big decoration can be easily dismantled for recycling and reuse that reduces impact to our environment. 

The other highlighted societies that adopted sustainability principles include the Photographic Society and Drama Society. The Photographic Society – the winner of last year’s competition – put on another good showing by creatively reusing coffee drink takeaway cartons to make models of cameras, and newspaper to prepare puzzle games in counter. Since images can tell more than words, the society hung up different printed photos from their members to decorate their booth showing colorful journeys. Their big decoration was made of recyclable cardboard without any metal or hard to recycle materials. For the Drama Society, there are three words as their core values- “Create,” ”Develop” and “Initiate.” Bringing the sharing culture of experiencing drama in every aspect, the society has found their creative eco-friendly promotion by dressing up and standing up to act, and introducing a fun beer barrel game with swords to get the students attention and enjoyment. After all, the most effective and direct way of promotion is through personal interaction with passion. The Karate Club not only reusing last year leaflets, banner and using white board to put up promotional message, they also received the most votes from supporters on our Facebook page and so awarded with the Prize for Popular Choice. 

At the end of the promotional period, the Sustainability Unit also engaged with many student helpers to assist the societies to dismantle and separate their big decorations and promotional materials, into categories of plastic, paper, cardboards, metal, glass, wood, foam board, unused souvenirs and food. The materials were then sent to different recyclers or donated to local charities. Not only reducing waste, the activity also raised the students’ awareness of the importance of saving resources. In total, over 300 kg of materials were collected for recycling or donation. 

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The International Cuisine Society demonstrated an effective and eco-friendly promotion focusing on their core mission- meeting students from different countries through sharing of food.
Instead of distributing sponsored gifts, EVSS chose broad beans with printed words and graphics for students to grow their own plants and green their home.
Yo-hoo Club received the green award with an impressive booth decoration made of natural materials, creating a nature-like zone for students to take a break.
The Photographic Society creatively reused coffee drink takeaway cartons to make models of cameras and newspaper to prepare puzzle games in counter, and hung up different printed photos from their members to decorate their booth showing colorful journeys.

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