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Why join 'GO!'?
- CUHK has pledged in its Campus Master Plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 20% per capita by 2025 (from the campus base figure of 2005). While the University continues to make its building projects and operations more environmentally-friendly, CUHK also needs staff and students' support in terms of user behaviour and development of an environmentally-friendly culture in order to reach its goals. Click here for a presentation on CUHK’s green vision and a brief intro to ‘GO!’ .

- Participating offices will find it exciting and rewarding to be a part of an important initiative to make CUHK a better place. The actions proposed by 'GO!' in the 'GO! Checklist' are easy to fulfill; relevant tips, guides and contacts that facilitate offices to fulfill the items in the checklist are provided in 'Resources for GO!', to which offices can refer in order to implement 'GO!' successfully. 'GO!' also serves as a platform for offices to share tips on best practices.

- Offices participating in 'GO!' are recognized in the List of Member Office page and various other publications. Offices that fulfill the requirements of ‘GO!’ are listed in the website’s ‘Competent Green Office’ page and will also receive various recognition as a socially responsible office.

How can my office join 'GO!'?
- Prior to 2014, CUHK units, campus-based groups and student bodies were invited to join ‘GO!’ on a voluntary basis.
- Since 2014, participation in ‘GO!’ is compulsory for all CUHK offices, and new offices will be requested to nominate a colleague as 'GO!' Contact Person.
- Effective September 2016, student body members of ‘GO!’ will be transferred to the Green Student Society Scheme (SO Green!), a student body-exclusive programme similar to 'GO!' that was launched in early 2016. 'GO!' will only be open to CUHK staff offices henceforth.

What does my office have to do as a member of 'GO!'?
An office participating in GO! pledges to:

1. Undertake at least one-half (17 out of 34) of the action items in the ‘GO! Checklist’;

2. Undertake 14 required actions (items marked with a checked box ‘’) in the ‘GO! Checklist’, and Note: this is optional for campus-based groups that are not CUHK units, i.e. no items are regarded as 'required actions' for them.

All members in the office are encouraged to review the checklist and work together to complete as many of the actions as possible-while some actions require collective effort, some actions can be completed as long as one individual takes the initiative. Every office member's efforts count!

The checklist is to be submitted once per year in December.

Office are welcome to check out Guidelines and tips to implementing action items in the ‘GO! Checklist’, and a list of frequently asked questions about joining/ implementing 'GO!'.


GO! Checklist
Note: Based on the feedback received from the previous ‘GO! Checklist’, updates have been made to several actions in the Checklist (Items marked with ‘New’or ‘Updated’ are new items or items from the last year's checklist that have been updated).
A. Energy Conservation Required action
1. We support our office’s Energy Warden(s) in their implementation of the University’s energy-saving initiatives, e.g. by authorizing the Energy Warden(s) to forward the ‘Building Electricity Consumption Newsletter’ (if we are on the mailing list) to other members of our office, enabling them to attend training programmes, providing information on the office’s equipment to EMO and implementing energy conservation measures recommended by EMO’s Energy Manager.
2. We set our office’s/ classroom’s air conditioner thermostat temperature to 25.5°C +/- 2°C in the summer. Where appropriate, we open windows for free cooling or use our air conditioners’ fan instead of cooling function in the winter.
3. We turn off unused electrical equipment whenever we are away from office for classes, long meetings and lunch. Where possible, we unplug equipment like computers, printers, photocopiers and drinking water dispensers before long holidays to save energy consumption in standby mode.
4. We enable our computer monitors to turn off automatically after 5 minutes or less of inactivity. Where possible, we lower monitor brightness. More info
5. We have removed or unscrewed excessive lamps if working areas are perceived to be bright enough.
6. We encourage our members to dress casual if they do not have to participate in formal meetings or events, and switch off unnecessary air conditioning in offices so as to save energy.
7. We have come up with creative ways / incentives to encourage members of our office to save energy.

B. Waste Reduction
8. When unable to avoid printing hard copies, we do double-sided printing/copying or reuse paper that has text on one side, whenever appropriate. More info
9. We send and use e-copies of agenda and minutes for our meetings, whenever possible/appropriate.
10. We do not provide single-serving bottled water at indoor events or corsages at all events (e.g. meetings, seminars and conferences). More info
11. We separate recyclable paper, plastics and metals from general waste and deposit our recyclable plastics and metals at a collection location (e.g. recycling bins). To facilitate waste separation, we have posted the ‘Recycling Tips’ poster near our office’s waste separation container(s). More info
12. We have engaged a paper waste recycling company to collect paper waste directly from our office. More info
13. If our office needs to dispose of usable furniture, we try to make the furniture available for reuse by other offices using appropriate channels. We also consider acquiring unwanted furniture of other offices prior to buying new furniture for our office. More info
14. When using Microsoft Word or other word processing tools, we reduce paper margins and use smaller font size where appropriate, or set them as the page setup default where applicable. More info
15. For printing drafts and other documents to be circulated within the office, we use a lower printing resolution/Econoprint or Ecoprint mode to save toner. Where applicable, we set it as the default mode. More info
16. We issue newsletters, brochures, handbooks & promotional materials in e-format to minimize the number of hardcopies distributed. Where applicable, we include a message on hardcopies to encourage readers to subscribe to the e-version instead, and to circulate the printed matters and recycle them after reading.
17. Our office subscribes to e-versions of publications (e.g. newsletters) or circulate a minimal number of hardcopies of printed matters in the office.
18. We do not use disposable containers and utensils to service drinks and food in seminars, conferences and functions; and if they must be used, we use eco-friendly or biodegradable ones.
19. To raise awareness about locations on campus that enable reuse/recycling of misc. resources (glass bottles, old clothes, etc.), we have downloaded and posted the ‘Recycling Locations’ poster in our office/ pantry. More info
20. We encourage participants of our events to bring their own container for water.
21. We arrange appropriate quantity of food for official functions we host and our office’s social gatherings to reduce food waste. More info
22. If food and beverages must be provided at an event organized by our office, we encourage participants to bring left food back to hostels, workplaces or homes.
23. We commit to a 10% reduction in office paper use by the end of the reporting year (compared to the last reporting year or the most recent year for which paper use figures are available) and will keep a record of our paper purchase figures for self-monitoring and continuous commitment.

C. Green Purchasing
24. We use 100% recycled A3 & A4 white paper for our in-house printing and copying. (Please visit Business Office's centralized tenders page for bulk tender suppliers and information on green products.)
25. We make sure that our purchases (apart from A3 & A4 printing paper) comply with the mandatory requirements of the Green Purchasing Guidelines. More info
26. (Updated) We will not order dishes that contain endangered species or food harvested in ecologically unfriendly ways (as specified in the Green Purchasing Guidelines) for official meals and our office’s social gatherings. More info
27. We request printing companies to print our name cards/letterheads/other materials on 100% recycled paper.
28. Apart from the mandatory items in the Green Purchasing Guidelines, we purchase other environmentally-friendly products [Please list at the end of the e-checklist]. Examples include:
  • Refillable pens
  • Mechanical pencils
  • Biodegradable garbage bags
  • Ozone-safe correction pens
  • Eco-friendly dishwashing liquid
  • Environmentally-friendly event souvenirs
  • (Please visit Business Office's centralized tenders page for bulk tender suppliers and information on green products.) More info

    D. Awareness and Engagement
    29. We have informed all office members (including any new members) of our participation in ‘GO!’ and encourage them to support our office’s initiatives.
    30. We inform the Campus Planning and Sustainability Office of any change in our ‘GO!’ Contact Person as soon as possible, and authorize our ‘GO!’ Contact Person to disseminate messages from ‘GO!’ to all members of our office upon receiving it.
    31. We have shared new green office practices adopted in our office with the Campus Planning and Sustainability Office. More info
    32. We have read the University’s ‘Guidelines for Sustainable Event Planning and Management’ and taken reference of the green event tips while planning our office’s official functions.
    33. We encourage our office’s staff members to join the activities or events of Green Office Programme / CU Green Buddies Scheme and become CU Green Buddies.

    E. Other Initiatives
    34. Other environmentally-friendly initiatives [please list at least one such initiative in ‘Additional Information/Comments’ at the end of the e-checklist].
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