Date: 11 Mar 2018 (Sunday)


Joint campaign by eight universities to reduce plastic straws


This press release is issued on behalf of the Hong Kong Sustainable Campus Consortium.

Eight UGC-funded universities will launch a joint environmental campaign “UNIfy: Skip the Straw” on March 12 to reduce single-use plastic straws.

The Campaign signifies the joint efforts of City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, Lingnan University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Education University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and The University of Hong Kong to reduce plastic waste.

The universities will hold a “No Straw Week” or “No Straw Day” on their campuses during the week of March 12-16, where campus catering outlets will only offer straws when requested. Other activities include film screenings, zero waste markets and reusable straw giveaways.

The universities have also pledged to introduce long-term measures including regular awareness campaigns and no straw days, or a campus-wide ban of plastic straws.
The aim of the campaign is to reduce disposable plastic waste and raise awareness in the higher education sector and beyond in Hong Kong. The campaign builds on the idea that eight universities together will generate a greater impact, building on the effort by individual institutions on campus plastic waste reduction.

The pioneering No Straw University initiative at Hong Kong Baptist University and an earlier No Straw Week at The University of Hong Kong resulted in the reduction of plastic straws by 90 - 95%.

“I am pleased to see eight Hong Kong universities join together in the UNIfy: Skip the Straw campaign” said Prof Mark McGinley, Director of Core Curriculum and General Education and Professor & Head of the Science Unit at Lingnan University, the Convenor of the 2018 Hong Kong Sustainable Campus Consortium.  “Working together we can gain inspiration and ideas for best practices from our partner universities and can act as a significant catalyst for change.”  

The campaign is supported and organized by the Hong Kong Sustainable Campus Consortium (HKSCC), a platform for higher education institutions in Hong Kong to promote knowledge exchange and discussion towards a sustainable future.

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嶺南大學核心課程及通識教育主任兼科學教研組主任、香港可持續校園聯盟召集人Mark McGinley教授表示:「我很高興見到本港八所大學聯合舉辦『八大走飲管』環保運動。透過共同努力,夥伴院校之間可以互相啟發和學習,成為積極轉變的催化劑。」