HKUST Sustainability Annual Report 2021-2022

HKUST Sustainability 48 Environment Social and Governance Report 2021-22 Overview Materiality Contents Environment Social/People Governance/ Driver SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES ESG Frameworks about different topics through workshops led by subject experts to find the pain points of the current situation and then have the chance to propose their idea to the judges. The three winning teams now have the support from PMO to develop the ideas into prototypes during the 2022-23 academic year. Campus Infrastructure Improvement Project Behaviour-activated showerheads—where colours change based on the time in the shower as a reminder of the time spent—will be installed in not only HKUST but all 8 member universities. A total of more than 900 new showerheads will be installed across all eight universities by early 2023. At the same time, new smart electricity meters will be installed to capture and realise the energy usage of 36 residential halls. After the installations, a data dashboard will be developed as a visual platform for stakeholders to review the water and energy usage patterns. These data can provide information on invisible consumption and help visualise the consumption pattern. The dashboard will coincide with student education initiatives to encourage positive behavioural change and to further reduce resource usage. The PMO is developing an intelligent and automated reusable meal container distribution and collection system. The system can automate interactions with users and streamline operations. The prototype is expected to be piloted on the HKUST Clear Water Bay campus in early 2023 as a big step to tackle the campus single-use container problem. Driving Systems Change The installation of campus enhancement infrastructures and development of digital dashboards, along with the prototype of the meal box collection machines, are all expected to be ready in 2022-2023 in combination with a series of educational campaigns and self-challenges to cultivate responsible consumption behaviours. We are looking forward to working together with all member universities to maximize the impact and create synergies to affect university members. Jockey Club Sustainable Campus Consumer Program To promote United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production to groom a new generation of more responsible and thoughtful consumers, Sustainability/ Net-Zero Office at HKUST took up the project coordination role for the Jockey Club Sustainable Campus Consumer Programme (JCSCCP) on behalf of the Hong Kong Sustainable Campus Consortium (HKSCC). Funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust and supported by the 8 local UGC-funded universities, JCSCCP was launched to implement a series of campus improvement and education initiatives in each of the member institutions. The programme is guided by a Steering Committee comprising members of each of the eight universities. The Project Management Office (PMO) works closely with each member university to carry out the programme and provide project support. This programme is also a great demonstration of SDG17: Partnerships for the Goals, by all the support and collaborations of the 8 universities. Student Engagement Programme More than 10 online and face-to-face events were organised focusing on sustainable fashion, recognizing that fashion is one of the consumer goods that is easily associated with student purchasing behaviour. Nearly 7,000 students participated in different topics based on their interests, including webinars and on-site visits. The capstone to the campaign was a Shortform Video Competition, where students developed their videos and shared them on social media to generate a higher awareness among their classmates. These events helped them to start reviewing their daily behaviours and try to link up their lifestyle to sustainable consumption. An inaugural group of 40 students from across the 8 universities was selected to join the Sustainable Campus Leadership programme during the Summer of 2022. They participated in a series of interactive training that included team building and leadership exercises emphasizing nature, presentation skills, and sustainability knowledge of SDG12. The goal of the program is for these young leaders to take the lead on upcoming sustainable campus development programme activities on campuses during the 2022-23 academic year. The programme aims to provide more sustainable related exposure and cultivate a responsible consumption mindset in our future leaders. The SDG#12 GAMIthon was an interactive and trainingintensive hackathon that focused students on gamification as a way to create fun and active activities to learn about SDG12. Under the framework of a hackathon, the participants cocreated fun and educational solutions by applying gamification. Student teams were encouraged to think about the best ways to bring the solutions into the Hong Kong community to tackle different sustainable related problems. Participants learned Around 1,500 Students were engaged comprehensively More than 47,000 Students across the eight universities were reached through the events and promotions