Sustainable Campus Summer‧Autumn 2008

� У԰չ Campus Development M s. Gloria Siu, one of the external members of the CLEC, has had a long and close relationship with plants that began in childhood when she gorged on Rose Myrtle berries during walks in the hills and slept on pillows stuffed with fragrant Myrobalan leaves. All living things have the right to live. Plants cant talk, so I will speak for them, she had thought growing up. Today she is a member of the China Plant Specialist Group, Species Survival Commission, World Conservation Union. When people look at a university, the first thing they see is the campus. It is the earliest reflection of its substance. Therefore it is of critical importance that CUHK takes inventory of its trees. The University has a comprehensive tree policy. This is an important first step. I would like to see CUHK become, with further finetuning and regular review of its policy, a model for Hong Kong or even China. The other two external members of the CLEC are Mr. Heung Wai- kin from the Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects, and Mr. Cheung Yiu-fai from the Institute of Horticulture (Hong Kong). The student members are Mr. Chan Chun-ho (Biology) and Ms. Wan Lai-ying Samantha (Architecture). Ժ·һʯб£ڳҶ A rock surface slope on the road to United College now teems with green ƼŮʿУ԰ίԱУԱӺʱ 𣬼ֲΪ飬档ɽɢʱ ݮֻ˯ɢȻ͸ҶͷϡС 㼽εľĴˣﶼȨֲﲻ ˵ҪΪǷԡĿǰȻ ίԱйֲרСijԱ ǿһѧʱǿѧУ԰У԰ȷӳѧ ںд¼УڵľΪҪġдȫ ֲߣǹؽĵһһУͶڼ ߣдΪۡй½ģ У԰ίԱУԱ԰ʦѧ ΰ԰ѧҫѧԱϵ ͽϵӨŮʿ ֲﲻ˵ҪΪǷ Plants Cant Talk, So I Will Speak for Them Ůʿںϵһɭֲֽ Ms. Siu in a forest during a plant survey in Hainan ҳ Continued ) T orrential rain lashed Hong Kong in the month of June, and the Hong Kong Observatory issued rainstorm and landslide warnings. But despite the downpour, no landslidewas registered at the Chinese University, save a couple of wash-outs. For a campus with some 300 registered slopes and a large number of natural slopes, this was no easy feat. Weeks later, the skies cleared and the slopes turned a luxuriant green. This, too, was no easy feat. Safe and beautiful slopes are the result of constant vigilance and meticulous efforts at slope improvement. Safety and More In 1997, weeks of heavy rain triggered major landslides on our campus. But the number started steadily decreasing shortly after that. By 2000, there were very few large-scale slippages even during the rainy season. The trend owed itself to the policies of the Standing Committee on Campus Geotechnical Matters, set up in 1998, their implementation by the Campus Development Office and the Estates Management Office. For these administrators and professionals, safety was important but something more had to be done. Landscaping Treatment after Slope Works Landscaping treatment on stabilized slopes falls roughly into two categorieshard surface and soil surface. Hard surface

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