HKUST Sustainability Annual Report 2021-2022

HKUST Sustainability 44 Environment Social and Governance Report 2021-22 Overview Materiality Contents Environment Social/People Governance/ Driver SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES ESG Frameworks Potential Activities & Impact of The LC-Lab Life Cycle Lab Development The objective of establishing the HKUST Life Cycle Lab (LCL) is to create a platform to provide training and research materials, guidance, and support for students, academics, and practitioners to build LCT & LCA competence and knowledge within the Greater Bay Area. The LCL will explore the latest trends, tools, and applications of LCC and LCA to support HKUST as well as the broader community. The overarching vision of the Lab is to become the first academic institute in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay area to specialize in Life Cycle Thinking, further advancing HKUST as a leader in sustainability education and research in Asia. The upcoming plans for the Life Cycle Lab for 2022 to 2023 are to launch our website, organize a launch event, develop training materials and establish partnerships. HKSCC Working Group on Sustainability Education During the year 2021-22, Hong Kong Sustainable Campus Consortium (HKSCC) Working Group on Sustainability Education (composed of representatives from 8 local universities) continued its effort on developing a sustainability course inventory which analyzes the number of SE courses and student enrollment numbers. The course inventory initiative has been progressing over the years. Some members have leveraged the outcome of the activity to engage students and faculty and enhance the visibility of sustainability and SDG-related courses. For example, the members of the working group started to develop a method to utilize machine learning for analyzing SDG content in the course curriculum. The team is currently conducting pilot classification studies and moving forward, the team aims to improve the accuracy of the model so that it can assist member institutions in completing their university-wide course inventory more efficiently. Sustainability Education Vision The strategic vision for HKUST is to become a regional leader in sustainability education with a global outreach. As an on-going effort to achieve the Sustainable education goal of ensuring that all students gain a solid understanding of sustainability concepts and graduate with the capacity and commitment to solve problems locally and globally, The Sustainability Education Advisory Group (SEAG) has been conducting this analysis annually since 2018 to identify opportunities and gaps in the existing provision of sustainabilityrelevant courses, providing a basis for the development of sustainability education across Schools and programs. Create a LC-website to enhance visibility & go-to place for students, faculty & staff Create and maintain a LCknowledge base of tools, databases, and applications Support GBA with sponsored research, collaboration, and partnerships Strengthen CWB and GZ connection through joint events and activities Establish a network (Community of Practice) of faculty & staff to share, learn & build connections Develop a career development workshop series for mid-career professionals; engage construction, architecture, engineering, and supply chain sectors Develop teaching tools, online self-learning modules, lesson plans, case studies, experiential learning tools, and educational/ instructional videos