Policies related to Sustainability and Environmental Protection

 

A.

Energy Policy and Energy Conservation Guidelines

B.

Guidelines for Organizing a Sustainable Orientation Event

C.

Guidelines for Sustainable Event Planning and Management

D.

Smoke-free Campus

E.

Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development Policy

F.

Sustainability-Conscious Food Consumption

G.

Sustainable Procurement Policy and Guidelines

H.

Tree Preservation On Campus

I.

Waste Management Policy and Guidelines

 

 

A.

Energy Policy and Energy Conservation Guidelines

1.

The University seeks constantly to improve the use of energy on campus and to provide a congenial environment for teaching, learning and scholastic activities.  The University is committed to ensuring that all its activities seek to conserve energy.  In particular,

 

(a)

the University, as a socially responsible institution, endeavours to improve energy and operational efficiency and minimize consumption whilst satisfying the University’s needs; and

 

(b)

the University, as a higher education institution, seeks to raise energy conservation awareness among staff and students and set a good example of energy conservation education and management.

 

2.

In pursuance of this commitment, the University has adopted a set of guidelines for energy conservation.

 

For details, please visit:

https://www.srsdo.cuhk.edu.hk/images/documents/policies/energy-policy.pdf

https://www.srsdo.cuhk.edu.hk/images/documents/policies/energy-conservation-guidelines.pdf

 

B.

Guidelines for Organizing a Sustainable Orientation Event

The University is committed to building an environmentally-friendly and sustainable campus.  Orientation events provide good opportunities for freshmen to familiarise themselves with the University’s sustainability policies, practices and facilities.  Organizing committees and group facilitators are requested to take note of these guidelines when organizing orientation.

 

For details, please visit:

https://www.srsdo.cuhk.edu.hk/images/documents/policies/guidelines-for-organizing-a-sustainable-orientation-event.pdf

 

C.

Guidelines for Sustainable Event Planning and Management

The University is committed to sustainable development.  Every year the University hosts a large number of events held either on or off its campus.  Some of these events could have a substantial impact on the environment if not planned considerately.  A set of ‘Guidelines for Sustainable Event Planning and Management’ has therefore been compiled, to help departments/offices/units and student bodies to incorporate environmental considerations into their event planning.

 

For details, please visit:

https://www.srsdo.cuhk.edu.hk/images/documents/policies/guidelines-for-sustainable-event-planning-and-management.pdf

 

D.

Smoke-free Campus

In accordance with legal requirements, smoking has been banned in all indoor and outdoor areas of the University since 1 January 2007.  Occupied residential units within some staff quarters have been exempted from these requirements.

 

For details, please visit:

https://www.srsdo.cuhk.edu.hk/images/documents/policies/smoke-free-campus.pdf

 

E.

Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development Policy

University social responsibility (USR)(i) is the promotion by higher education institutions of a set of values and principles that will help resolve and overcome the world’s grand challenges.  As a socially responsible institution, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) stands ready to initiate and realize sustainable development and is committed to contributing to the well-being of the global community, through the integration of teaching, research and engagement, and by translating social responsibility into action.  CUHK is resolved to establish itself at the forefront of social responsibility and strives to achieve its USR goals that actively respond to the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations.

 

For details, please visit:

https://www.srsdo.cuhk.edu.hk/images/documents/policies/srsd-policy.pdf

 

F.

Sustainability-Conscious Food Consumption

Since July 2013, the University has banned the consumption of shark’s fin on its premises.

 

For details, please visit:

https://www.srsdo.cuhk.edu.hk/images/documents/policies/no-sharks-fins-policy.pdf

 

This ban has subsequently been extended to the consumption of other endangered species and food captured or harvested in ecologically unfriendly or unsustainable ways.  Please refer to the relevant requirements under Annex B (Mandatory Products and their Specifications) of the University’s Sustainable Procurement Guidelines for details:

https://www.srsdo.cuhk.edu.hk/images/documents/policies/sustainable-procurement-guidelines.pdf

 

There are too many food items of concern to be listed exhaustively here.  All members and caterers of the University are urged to adhere to the sustainability-conscious food menu adopted by the Hong Kong Government and shown in the Sustainable Seafood Guide published by the World Wildlife Fund:

https://wwfhk.awsassets.panda.org/downloads/seafood_guide_web_4.pdf

 

G.

Sustainable Procurement Policy and Guidelines

The University is resolved to adopt sustainable procurement as a way of ensuring that the products and services we buy are as sustainable as possible.  CUHK seeks to couple positive economic and social results with the lowest possible environmental impact, thereby maximizing net benefits for ourselves and the wider world. 

 

For details, please visit:

https://www.srsdo.cuhk.edu.hk/images/documents/policies/sustainable-procurement-policy.pdf

https://www.srsdo.cuhk.edu.hk/images/documents/policies/sustainable-procurement-guidelines.pdf

 

H.

Tree Preservation On Campus

The University endeavours to care for and protect trees and preserve a green environment on the CUHK campus.

 

For details, please visit:

https://www.srsdo.cuhk.edu.hk/images/documents/policies/tree-preservation-on-campus.pdf

 

I.

Waste Management Policy and Guidelines

CUHK’s Waste Management Policy is based on a ‘waste management hierarchy’, and emphasizes the ‘6Rs’ principle: Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair and Recycle (or Recover).  We accord top priority to waste reduction at source, and encourage the cyclical use of resources.  We regard disposal as the last resort.  The ‘6Rs’ principle, elaborated in the Waste Management Guidelines, takes account of developments in waste management which are relevant to a university setting.  The University has adopted a set of guidelines for waste management.

 

For details, please visit:

https://www.srsdo.cuhk.edu.hk/images/documents/policies/waste-management-policy.pdf

https://www.srsdo.cuhk.edu.hk/images/documents/policies/waste-management-guidelines.pdf

 

 

Note

 

(i)

The term university social responsibility (USR) is explained as the capacity of higher education institutions to disseminate and implement a set of principles, general and specific values aimed at enhancing the educational and social challenges of the society through four key processes: management, teaching, research and extension.

 

Source: Elva L. Ramos‐Monge, Xavier Llinàs Audet and Jesús Barrena‐Martínez (2017). Universities as Corporate Entities: The Role of Social Responsibility in Their Strategic Management, Corporate Governance and Strategic Decision Making, Okechukwu Lawrence Emeagwali, IntechOpen, DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.69931