Found in 1963, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has developed from a student population of about 3,000 to 28,000 in 2016. Campus Master Plan (CMP) provided an exemplary sustainable framework to balance the growth of the University in achieving teaching and research excellence under her unique college system and campus environment. The CMP consists of 6 key planning precepts:
i) Making a Sustainable Campus
ii) Places for Education and Research Activities
iii) Enhancing College Life
iv) A Pedestrian Friendly Campus
v) Conserving Places of Value
vi) A Landscape of Vital Importance
Making a Sustainable Campus
The University pledges its commitment to continuously improve the environmental quality of the campus, putting the principles of sustainable design at the heart of campus development, and has been acclaimed for her innovations and efforts, e.g. Green Building design excellence, measures for recycling, use of renewable energy, energy conservation, waste management, tree and ecology preservation, and carbon audit on existing buildings etc. Green Building design principles are implemented to ensure that the built environments are friendly, inclusive and sustainable. With the concerted effort and the implementation of the Energy Saving and Conservation Plans, the University has reduced energy and general waste progressively in the past years.
Green Hostel Village
In the design development of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Postgraduate Halls 2 & 3, CMP serves as the guiding principles and an exemplary framework to balance the growth of the University in achieving teaching excellence and research achievements via CUHK’s unique college system and campus environment.
Green Building and ‘Eco-Habitat’ design principles are adopted to promote energy conscious and sustainability; moreover the design also encourages whole-person development, interactions outside the classrooms and connects people with Architecture and Nature.
Wellness, strategic facilities planning, climatic response, interactive environment and green building design are the adopted design policies in the course of design development. The design team has placed significant emphasis on full integration of sustainability within the design process as opposed to merely making it a stage of the design process.
Eco-habitats, sustainable building technology and green features include:-
Promoting Green Hostel Life
Hostel life is a vital part of student wellbeing and education in CUHK; dedicated programmes are conducted in Colleges to cultivate environmental awareness of the students and to achieve a green and energy conscious living style. ‘Smart meter on Progressive rate Scale for Top-up’ are installed for students to keep track of their electricity consumption for bedroom A/C, fridge, fan or heater etc.
Campaigns such as ‘Love Food Hate Waste @ CUHK’ guided students to reduce their Leftover Meal 剩宴 to more than 20% per year and trained more than 50 student ambassadors (有衣食達人) in the practice of ‘Green Living’. ‘Green Student Societies’ are organized and ‘Year-End Hostel Check-out Scheme’ also recycles more than 10,000kg of clothes, paper glass, household ware etc. from hostels.