Newsletter No. 398

10 No. 398, 19.5.2012 …… 如是说 Thus Spake… Ms. Vivian Ho, Director of Campus Planning and Sustainability 校园规划及可持续发展处 处长何婉儿女士 伍宜孙书院院长李沛良教授 Prof. Rance P.L. Lee, Master, Wu Yee Sun College 下期预告 Coming 校园规划及可持续发展处(CPSO)负责什么工作? CPSO是一个政策单位,于2011年7月1日成立,负责跟进和 落实「校园发展计划」的构想,推动可持续发展概念和环保 工作,并统筹大学内楼宇空间的规划与分配。中大是本地 唯一将校园规划和可持续发展两大相关范畴归由同一单位 管辖的院校,这样的架构可同时兼顾两方面的需要,很有 远见。 如何发挥这项职能? CPSO需要在有限的资源和无限的需求间取得平衡和协 调。无论是校园规划或可持续发展的工作,我们都会以人为 本,从大学、部门、同事、同学和其他持份者的不同角度考 虑,谋求共识,尽量照顾各方的利益和需要。 大学成员对于「绿色办公室计划」(绿识办)的反应如何? 为何有此计划? 反应出乎预期地热烈。首个阶段我们主要邀请行政单位及 学生组织自愿参加。最后共收到六十个单位报名,包括了全 体大学管理层、所有书院、超过九成的行政及服务单位,还 有少数热心的教学单位。现时适值考试期,也有包括中大学 生会在内的五个学生组织表示愿意参与,可见大家很支持 这计划,也给我们很大鼓舞。 过去十多年,大学在环保政策及硬件上,做了很多工作,也 在2009年获得「香港环保卓越计划」公营机构及公用事业 界别的金奖。我们觉得现在应向更高难度挑战:将环保理 念和行动,推展至个人层面,希望每一个中大人都多做一 步,在校园建立长远可持续的环保文化。环保教育工作很难 立竿见影,却是细水长流。中大是首所本地院校推行绿色办 公室计划,我们希望可在大专界、中小学界甚至其他机构, 起示范作用。 个人在日常工作中如何实践绿色生活? 都是一些简单而直接的绿色行为:例如办公室有足够天然 光时便不用开灯、尽量开窗而不用冷气,全面转用电子邮件 代替纸张文件、必需列印复印时采用再造纸和双面印刷、将 垃圾分类回收、尽量步行往开会等。记得自己十多年前在家 里将垃圾分类,家人最初觉得很麻烦,但渐渐地也受感染 而自动自觉去做,成为习惯。我认为环保是一种生活态度, 是基于认知而产生的行为和选择,希望「绿识办」可以把环 保讯息传递给每一个中大人和他们的亲友。 CPSO尚有什么计划? 大学已为未来五年的可持续发展定下目标,在现有的成绩 上,把人均能源消耗减少百分之八,人均温室气体排放减少 百分之十,人均固体废物量和用水量分别减少百分之十二和 十五,用纸量则减少百分之五十。为了达标,除了提高环保 意识和参与外,未来会在节约能源、减少废物、环保采购 等着力。例如一些有多部升降机的建筑物,下班后只余一 部操作;日间关掉部分建筑物大堂及公用走廊不必要的照 明;每个部门委出能源监察员;与大学有关单位协调处理 旧家具、厨余的安排。此外,大学已通过环保采购指引,希 望大家能购买对环境及健康的危害性低于传统产品的环保 产品。 在中大工作了近二十八年,对于工作上的新转变有何感受? 我曾服务很多不同部门,大部分时间都在策划、协助及推动 大型或涉及全校的新措施、新计划,例如在教务处时由学位 制改行学分制、在校长室推行行政权力下放计划,筹备新拨 款制度,调至秘书处后,统筹大学教育资助委员会中大管理 检讨;协助成立及管理中医中药研究所;随后检讨及推行新 的楼宇空间规划与分配制度,协助制订大学十年策略发展 计划和「3+3+4」新学制前期筹备工作等。每一个新岗位新 任务都是新挑战,同时也给我很大的成功感和满足感。 在中大工作,你最欣赏什么? 我最欣赏大学校园。还记得第一天上班那惊艳的感觉,这 里鸟语花香、有山有水,与之前在车水马龙、空气混浊的铜 锣湾工作,实在有天渊之别。到今天,那份感觉犹新。可以 在这样优美的校园工作、读书、生活是必须珍惜的福份。 What are the service scope of the Campus Planning and Sustainability Office (CPSO)? The CPSO was a policy unit set up on 1 July 2011 to monitor and review the Campus Master Plan, support sustainable development, and promote environmental awareness. It also takes charge of all space planning and allocation. CUHK is the only local institution which puts campus planning and sustainability concerns under the same umbrella. This visionary structure could help to balance the needs of the two highly-related areas. How will the CPSO fulfil its functions? The CPSO is committed to striking a balance between scarce resources and unlimited demands. With a human-centred fundamental principle, we will consider needs from different perspectives, including that of the University as a whole, that of departments, of staff, of students and of all stakeholders of the University, so as to reach unanimous decisions which can look after the interests of different parties. What is the University community’s reaction to the Green Office Programme (GO!)? We received unexpectedly enthusiastic response. In the first phase, we invited all University administrative units to participate. A total of 60 units pledged to join, including the whole management team, all nine Colleges, over 90% of the administrative and service units, and some academic units. Five student bodies including the Student Union also took part even though their members were busy with examinations. The overwhelming feedback gave us a lot of encouragement. Over the years, CUHK has devoted much effort to formulating environment-related policy and developing green infrastructure. In 2009, the University won the gold award under the category of Public Organizations and Utilities of the Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence. Now it is time to take one step forward to bring about individual behavioural changes so as to establish a green culture on campus in the long run. Just as Rome was not built in a day, it took time for environmental education work to have effect. As the first local tertiary institution to incorporate green practices in daily work, we hope we can play an exemplary role in promoting green offices among tertiary institutions, secondary schools and primary schools, as well as other organizations. How do you personally go green in your everyday work? What I do are simple and direct. For example, turn off the lights if the daylight is bright enough; make use of natural ventilation instead of air-conditioning; send e-mails rather than hardcopies; use recycled paper and print on both sides; sort garbage and recycle; and walk to meetings if possible. Some 10 years ago, I started sorting waste at home. My family thought it was troublesome, but they were eventually converted, and started doing it themselves. I think going green is a kind of lifestyle attitude based on your understanding of the world. I hope GO! will help to spread the green message to every CUHK member, their families and friends. What other programmes or initiatives are in the pipeline? The University has set some targets for the University’s sustainability efforts for the next five years. This includes on top of reductions already underway, a further 8% (per capita) reduction in energy consumption, 10% (per capita) in greenhouse gases emissions, 12% (per capita) in waste to landfill, 15% (per capita) in water usage, and 50% (per capita) in paper consumption. To fulfil these goals, we will devote much effort to the areas of energy conservation, waste reduction and green purchasing. For example, in buildings with more than one lift, only one will remain in operation after office hours; non-essential lighting in lobbies or public corridors in the buildings will be switched off in the daytime; every office has assigned an Energy Warden to remind office members to implement energy conservation measures; manage furniture disposal and food waste through coordinating with the relevant units. Besides, the University has drawn up guidelines of a green purchasing policy and we hope University members will buy green products that have reduced negative effects on the environment and on human health. Having been working in CUHK for nearly 28 years, how do you look at every new change in your career? I have served in various units and most of the time, my capacity involved large-scale initiatives or university-wide projects. For example, I worked in the Registry Services Office and was responsible for implementing the new credit-bearing system. In the Vice-Chancellor’s Office, I helped to promote the decentralization of administration and the new funding model. After joining the Secretariat, I was in charge of coordinating with the University Grants Committee to carry out management review, and set up the Institute of Chinese Medicine. Then I was assigned to assist in evaluating the space allocation and planning of new buildings, formulating the University’s 10-year strategic plan as well as preparing the foundation work of the ‘3+3+4’ new curriculum. For me, every new duty is a new challenge which gives me a sense of achievement and satisfaction. What do you appreciate the most working at CUHK? I love the scenic campus. I still remember the first day I worked at CUHK, I was stunned by the picturesque natural environment with blooming flowers and chirping birds, a big contrast to hectic Causeway Bay, my previous working place. Even now, I do feel the same. Indeed, it is a blessing that I can work and study in this beautiful campus.