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Unformatted text preview: Environmental Management Efforts at HKUST Dr Joseph Kwan Health, Safety and Environment Office HKUST September 9, 2009 HKUST Environmental Management Framework ¡ Environmental Policy ¡ President, delegation to VP-AB ¡ Environmental Health & Safety Committee ¡ Health, Safety & Environment Office (HSEO) ¡ Facilities Management Office (FMO) ¡ Other Offices: CSO, SAO, ISO, PURO Environmental Policy Statement The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology is committed to protect the environment and minimize the impact of all its activities upon the local, regional and global environments both directly and through its influence on others, including members of the University community. The University will... ¡ integrate environmental management policies and practices into every level and every department. ¡ contribute to a sustainable future by: ¢ conserving natural resources, ¢ minimizing waste and pollution, ¢ improving energy efficiency and substituting for renewable energy sources, The University will… (Cont’d) ¡ contribute to a sustainable future by (cont.’d): ¢ avoiding use of hazardous materials and preventing damage to either public or ecological health where such materials are used, ¡ develop effective waste management and recycling procedures and use recycled and recyclable materials where possible; ¡ increase awareness of environmental responsibilities among staff and students through staff development and training and through environmental teaching and research initiatives. The University will… (Cont’d) The University will… (Cont’d) Resource Flow & Environmental Effort Organization Operations Recycling Products Wastes/By- products Resources Driving Forces of Environmental Efforts ¡ Obligations ¢ Legal compliance ¢ Clear regulations with penalty ¡ Voluntary efforts ¢ Sustainability as a core value ¢ Heightened awareness of campus community ¢ Educational purpose ¢ Corporate culture/image ¢ Savings/benefits Resource Flow & Environmental Effort Organization Operations Recycling Products Wastes/By- products Resources Waste Management ¡ Compliance plus voluntary efforts ¡ Sewage discharge ¡ Air emission ¡ Hazardous waste management Sewage Discharge ¡ Campus sewage NOT discharged to Port Shelter ¡ Transferred to TKO through a 1.5 km tunnel ¡ Monthly sewage monitoring required by EPD ¡ Also serve our neighbors, e.g. CWBS What is This Eye Sore Then? Origin of the Foam ¡ Agitation of seawater during cooling ¡ Microorganisms in seawater break down releasing proteins causing foam ¡ Many methods have been considered, some tried ¡ Latest involves a retention chamber and retainer plate at the outlet to trap foam A Similar Foam… …From Perhaps the Largest Natural Source—Niagara Falls Air Emissions ¡ Combustion and scrubbing of MFF exhaust gases ¡ Scrubbing at special fumehoods ¡ HEPA filtering for special labs ¡ Lab emission dispersion study ¢ occupational and environmental impacts ¢ upgrading exhaust to virtual stacks Hazardous Waste...
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