Sustainable Solutions for Hong Kong’s Villages
Hong Kong is one of the world’s greatest cities. Less well-known is that there are also 600 villages in Hong Kong, mostly in the New Territories and outlying islands. Over the decades many have been abandoned or become rundown as villagers moved overseas and young people left to seek better jobs. One of the more established ones is Lai Chi Wo, a Hakka village in a remote valley in north-eastern New Territories, has still suffered from years of neglect after many villagers gave up farming and migrated to the UK in the 1950s. As part of an ongoing project through the Policy for Sustainability Lab under the Centre for Civil Society and Governance at the University of Hong Kong since 2013, a programme supported by HSBC, villagers are being encouraged to return to Lai Chi Wo to revitalise the village so that it will survive for future generations.
Turning STEM into STEAM through Music
A project to cross music with engineering by having youngsters design and build musical instruments is helping insert the ‘A is for Arts’ into STEM education.
Playing for Change
The “Play n Gain” Programme fosters children’s social-emotional learning in natural ways, and at the same time, improves parents’ understanding of the role of play.
Using 3D Mapping to Plan More Sustainable Cities
For the first time large and complex 3D multi-level pedestrian-built environment like Sheung Wan to Wan Chai in Hong Kong are amenable to walkability predictive analysis.
The Business of ‘Best Before’
A student-led social enterprise is addressing the problem of food waste by selling products that have passed the ‘best before’ date but are still safe to eat.
A Global Voice of Sustainability Policy
HKU’s Policy for Sustainability Lab has been recognised by the United Nations as a new member of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI), a programme begun in 2010 with the aim of ‘promoting collaboration in the conservation and restoration of sustainable human-influenced natural environments through broader global recognition of their value’.