The Green Goes Greener

May 2012

Any casual visitor to CUHK would without fail marvel at the lush scenery seen by him/her. But this natural endowment is not something to be taken for granted. Ever since the University's inauguration five decades ago, every generation of CUHK members has spent no trivial effort on keeping its terra green and the air above clean.

The latest green initiative takes the form of the Green Office Programme (GO!), which is a voluntary incentive programme focusing on four priority areas: energy conservation, waste reduction, green purchasing, and enhancing awareness and engagement. The programme encourages academic, administrative and service units of the University to participate and commit to some common, simple, effective and achievable green practices such as saving electricity and recycling materials.

The "GO!" launch ceremony on 11 May 2012 was organized by the Campus Planning and Sustainability Office (CPSO) tasked with driving and coordinating such green initiatives on campus, and officiated by Prof. Joseph Sung, Vice-Chancellor of CUHK, Prof. P. C. Ching, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Fung Tung, Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Chu Lee Man, Chairman of the Committee on Campus Environment, and Ms. Vivian Ho, Director of CPSO. Representatives from the 60 participating offices including the whole management team, the nine Colleges, the Student Union and four student bodies also attended the ceremony and made the pledge to support and put sustainability into action. They also joined Professor Sung in reading aloud the slogan, "You can make a difference!" and witnessed him signing the electronic "GO! Charter".

Prof. Joseph Sung was pleased at seeing so many colleagues and students turning up and committing themselves in this worthy cause. He said, "The University has devoted much effort and resources in developing green policies and hardware. It is time to put more effort in bringing about behavioral changes and green culture on campus. I hope the vision and message of GO! will spread to all members who will join hands to protect the environment."

Video: mms://winmedia.itsc.cuhk.edu.hk/cpso/GO/GO!video_e.wmv
Website: www.cuhk.edu.hk/cpso/go!/
Press Release: www.cpr.cuhk.edu.hk/en/press_detail.php?1=1&id=1310