As a research university, members of the HKUST community are accustomed to tracking data and analyzing results. We have taken this same approach to campus sustainability so that we can better understand trends, performance, and areas of need.
Inventory of greenhouse gases for HKUST includes all university sectors –Academic Buildings, Sport and Amenities Facilities, Student Housing Area, Staff Quarters, Caterers and Commercial Outlets, and all Public areas within the Clear Water Bay Campus.
Electricity is the largest source of energy on campus. The main academic building consumes nearly three quarters of the electricity.
Water resources come from two main sources: potable water which is clean and drinkable, and our toilets use seawater from the Clear Water Bay.
While all copiers are capable of double-sided printing, and while IT resources have made many of printed materials redundant or unnecessary, the consumption of copy paper continues to increase.
The university has more than 15 types of materials for recycling ranging from paper, plastic containers, metal to polyfoam, tetrepak, landscape waste. We hope to divert as much waste as possible from landfill through this aggressive recycling program.
HKUST finds ways to turn food leftovers into good resources instead of sending it to the landfill.