HKUST is committed to become a global leader in sustainability education by transforming the Clear Water Bay campus into a zero carbon, zero waste, and net-positive environmental impact living laboratory for experiential learning, demonstrating cutting-edge research and sustainable operations within a vibrant and engaged community.

Over the years, there have been different strategies, programs and initiatives that work towards achieving the sustainability vision. Here are some highlights of our achievements:

Here are the other Sustainability achievements in recent years:


Key achievements 


Establishment of Sustainable Operations Executive Committee chaired by Vice-President for Administration and Business

University commitment

Polices: ESG Investment, Net-Zero Building, Sustainable Catering, Green Purchasing, Second-hand Goods Policy, Green Cleaning, Special Leave Policy for Staff Volunteering/Wellness/Diversity and Equal Opportunities Initiatives 

Guidelines: Staff Mobile Computing, High Performance Building, Sustainable Event, Sustainable Office and Printing

Net-Zero  Developing a 2050 Roadmap to achieve Net-Zero Carbon


Overall savings offset our three newest buildings, established a Green Lab program, installed over 6000 solar panels on campus

Waste to landfill

Reduced by over 50% despite increase in population

Recyclable materials

15 categories of recyclables actively separated and collected for positive reuse


Established a Life Cycle Lab, Organized Cross-Border Hong Kong/Guangzhou Campus Sustainability Certificate Design Thinking Program

Over 94% graduates have completed at least one sustainability course 

Student incorporation

Engaged over 500 students through Sustainable Smart Campus competition projects advised and guided by campus operations professional staff. Launch of Jockey Club Sustainable Campus Consumer Program to engage students across 8 universities

Campus as a Living Lab

Over 35 faculty-led funded on-campus research projects with $50 million endowment and over 20 seed-grant projects