[Press Release] Hong Kong Green Building Week 2023 Let’s Unite! Join Captain Green Jason CHAN in “Green Building Game Tour”
Featuring Yoga, Planting and STEAM Experiences
“Twist” to a Green Future and Win Big Prizes at “Green Building Power Station” and Interactive Social Game
“Let's Unite! Biz-Green Rangers” Presents the 4-Colour Biz-Green Outfits Social Challenge to Advocate Carbon Neutrality by 2050
Hong Kong, 31 August 2023 - Co-organised by the Construction Industry Council (CIC) and the Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC), Hong Kong Green Building Week 2023, the annual mega public campaign aimed at promoting green buildings, will be held from 23 to 29 September 2023, with its Kick-off Ceremony to be held at the Xiqu Centre in the West Kowloon Cultural District. In response to this year's theme of “Unite Green Building Powers, Fight for Carbon Neutrality by 2050”, Hong Kong Green Building Week 2023 will feature a series of public activities revolving around “Four Green Building Powers”, namely “Health and Well-being”, “Resource Efficiency”, “Environmental Friendliness” and “Innovative Elements”. The highly anticipated public event of this year's Hong Kong Green Building Week is “Green Building Game Tour”, led by four “Captains Green”, who actively embrace a carbon-reducing lifestyle – Mr Jason CHAN Pak-yu, popular Cantopop singer; Mr LEUNG Wing-mo, former Assistant Director of the Hong Kong Observatory; Ms Natalie CHUNG Sum-yue, member of the Council for Carbon Neutrality and Sustainable Development; and Bean Bean (Alexandra YEUNG), young KOL. Together, they will lead and explore with citizens in a series of activities, including the appreciation of eight major green buildings in Hong Kong, and encourage the public to take part in the 7-day experiential event of “Green Building Game Tour”. Through guided tours, green building workshops, and online and offline interactive games with prizes, the event aims to connect green buildings with a low carbon emission lifestyle, working towards the collective goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.
As an emerging global trend, green building promotes the concept of environmental protection to be merged into everyone's daily lives. Hong Kong Green Building Week 2023 also embodies such ideology in this year's theme of “Four Green Building Powers”, namely “Health and Well-being”, “Resource Efficiency”, “Environmental Friendliness” and “Innovative Elements”. Through this people-oriented approach, the public will understand how nature and architecture can thrive together through green buildings, which incorporate energy conservation and decarbonisation, bringing us closer to nature and inspiring a low carbon emission lifestyle.
Hong Kong Green Building Week 2023 will commence with a Kick-off ceremony to be held at the atrium of Xiqu Centre in the West Kowloon Cultural District, an unprecedented location to utilise its open, naturally ventilated space and showcase the zero-carbon concept of the campaign. During the ceremony, there will also be an award presentation for “Let's Unite! Green Building KOL Video Competition”, applauding the excellent short films produced by public contestants that combine creativity and the Green Building Powers. The shortlist for the “The Most Popular Video Award” will be announced on 1 September, and the public can vote for their favourite works on the competition website (https://www.greenbuildingkol2023.hk/) from 1 to 30 September.
“Green Building Game Tour”: Four Guided Journeys to Appreciate Green Buildings and Promote a Reduced Carbon Lifestyle
The 7-day “Green Building Game Tour” public event will commence on 23 September, encouraging every Hong Kong citizen to participate, connect with the four Green Building Powers and realise a low carbon lifestyle for a greener future. Revolving around the “Four Green Building Powers” of “Health and Well-being”, “Resource Efficiency”, “Environmental Friendliness” and “Innovative Elements”, a series of green building guided tours, workshops and “Green Building Power Stations” will be held across Hong Kong's various green buildings, including malls, government facilities, cultural landmarks, and revitalised architectures. “Green Building Experts” will lead public participants through AIRSIDE, West Kowloon Cultural District, San Wai Sewage Treatment Works, and InnoCell at Hong Kong Science Park, to explore and appreciate the unique features and natural aesthetics of these green buildings. Participants can familiarise with the topics beforehand with “Tips on Green Building Game Tour”, shared by the four Captains Green. (For a detailed introduction to green buildings, please refer to Appendix 1.)
Participants can also take part in workshops related to their chosen green buildings, including yoga sessions, gardening classes and STEAM workshops. They can choose to embark on an outdoor yoga experience in the relaxing surroundings of AIRSIDE's outdoor garden; create environmentally friendly air pineapple bonsais at the San Wai Sewage Treatment Works; or engage in crafting electric and remote-controlled pulley-arm vehicles at InnoCell. Taught by professional instructors at designated green buildings, these workshops aim to connect the public with green buildings, while inspiring the daily practice of green lifestyle with low carbon emission. Signing up as “Friends of Green Building” on the event website will allow participants to join in the meaningful activities. With limited slots available, early registration is recommended. For more details, please refer to the event website. The public can also visit Jason CHAN's Instagram page to watch the latest promotional video, joining Captain Green in gathering Green Building Powers and fighting for carbon neutrality by 2050.
“Green Building Power Station”: Twist to a Green Future with Giant Gashapon Machine, Giving Away Over 2,000 Eco-Friendly Prizes
Gathering Green Building Powers does not only involve physical action, one can also join with a simple “twist”. From 23 to 29 September, the special “Green Building Power Station” will pop up in four landmarks of leisure, culture, carbon emission reduction and energy efficiency, namely Central Market, Cityplaza, Metroplaza, and Langham Place, featuring a giant gashapon machine. By following the Hong Kong Green Building Council's Facebook or Instagram page on the spot, participants can join in the fun capsule game. All they have to do is to twist and draw a capsule, answering the question about green buildings correctly to win a chance to receive an eco-friendly gift. (For a detailed introduction to green buildings, please refer to Appendix 2.)
“Green Building Power Social Game”: Enter to Win Eco-Friendly Backpacks and Exquisite Decarbonisation Themed Prizes
To further encourage public participation in “Hong Kong Green Building Week 2023”, the “Green Building Power Social Game” will be held during the course of the event. Participants can follow and subscribe to Hong Kong Green Building Council's Facebook or Instagram page, like the relevant game posts, and reply to the green building-related questions within the posts. Most thoughtful participants will have the chance to receive exquisite eco-friendly gifts, including stylish leisure backpacks made from recycled plastic bottles and recyclable materials, as well as over a hundred low-carbon themed prizes. Participants who have attended the green building guided tours and workshops will be able to tackle the questions easily and win abundant rewards!
“Let's Unite! Biz-Green Rangers”: Encourage Workplace Decarbonisation via “4-Colour Biz-Green Outfits Social Challenge”
The Construction Industry Council and the Hong Kong Green Building Council have been dedicated to promoting “Biz Green Dress Day”, encouraging employees from both private and public sectors to dress in lightweight and breathable attire for work, in an effort to reduce air conditioning usage and achieve energy conservation and emission reduction. As part of the campaign, the “4-Colour Biz-Green Outfits Social Challenge” will be held from 23 August to 6 September, in which employees are invited to participate by dressing up in stylish and professional attire in the colours of “red, blue, green and yellow”, echoing the theme of “Four Green Building Powers”. Participants can upload their Biz-Green outfit photos to their companies' social media platforms and compete for awards such as “Biz-Green Style Award”, “Most Popular Award” and “Most Engaged Award”. The challenge serves to raise awareness for environmental protection and decarbonisation, not only in workplaces but also everyday lives.
This year's “Biz Green Dress Day” will take place on 6 September, with the support of more than 200 companies and organisations. On the event day, “Captain Green Building” and the mascot of the Environment and Ecology Bureau “Hanson” will visit companies to discover interesting workplace stories about decarbonisation and promote the “Biz Green” concept. Event highlights will be compiled into a video and officially released on 23 September.
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For details of the latest events, please visit the HKGBC Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/hkgreenbuildingcouncil and event website www.greenbuildingkol2023.hk.
About the Construction Industry Council
The Construction Industry Council (CIC) was formed in 2007 according to the Construction Industry Council Ordinance (Cap. 587). The CIC consists of a chairman and 24 members representing various sectors of the industry, including employers, professionals, academics, contractors, workers, independent persons and Government officials.
The main functions of the CIC are to forge consensus on long-term strategic issues, convey the industry’s needs and aspirations to the Government, offer professional training and registration services, and provide a communication platform between the Government and the construction industry.
To learn more about the CIC, please visit www.cic.hk.
About the Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC)
The Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC) is a non-profit, member-led organisation established in 2009 and has become a public body under the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance since 2016. The HKGBC strives to promote the standard and development of sustainable buildings in Hong Kong. The HKGBC also aims to raise green building awareness by engaging the government, the industry and the public, and to develop practical solutions for Hong Kong’s unique, subtropical built environment of high-rise, high density urban area, leading Hong Kong to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and to become a world’s exemplar of green building development. The Founding Members of the HKGBC include the Construction Industry Council (CIC), the Business Environment Council (BEC), the BEAM Society Limited (BSL) and the Professional Green Building Council (PGBC).
To learn more about the HKGBC, please visit www.hkgbc.org.hk.
About the BEAM Plus
BEAM Plus is Hong Kong’s leading initiative offering independent assessments of building sustainability performance. Recognised and certified by the HKGBC, BEAM Plus offers a comprehensive set of performance criteria for a wide range of sustainability issues relating to the planning, design, construction, commissioning, fitting out, management, operation and maintenance of a building. By providing a fair and objective assessment of a building’s overall performance throughout its life cycle, BEAM Plus enables organisations and companies of all sizes to demonstrate their commitment to sustainable development.
To learn more about the BEAM Plus, please visit https://www.hkgbc.org.hk/eng/beam-plus/introduction/index.jsp.
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Appendix 1: Introduction of the participating green buildings in the “Green Building Game Tour” (in alphabetical order)
Appendix 2: Introduction of the participating green buildings in the “Green Building Power Station” (in alphabetical order)