Four ESF school students have been awarded the CLP Smart Energy Awards in late 2020 for working on projects to help shape sustainability for ESF, focusing on areas including solar energy, waste reduction, biodiversity and clean air advocacy.
Despite the prolonged challenges posed by Covid
-19, the group of four, with two from ESF Renaissance College and two from ESF King George V School, launched numerous projects across the school network.
One of the main projects was a large-scale solar panel network across eight ESF schools that provides the equivalent electricity needs for 110 four-person households in Hong Kong and reduces almost 280 tonnes of carbon emissions.
Other initiatives included increasing the biodiversity of plant species in the KGV campus, installing tetra-pak recycling bins, the establishment of a Clean Air Committee at Island School and reducing food waste with ESF’s school food caterer, Chartwells, at RCHK.
Kenneth Tam, ESF’s Health & Safety and Sustainability Manager said the students were able to take steps to implement the strategy by bringing actions to reality against all odds.
“While regular teaching and learning in all of our schools had to adapt to changing circumstances, the scheduled work on sustainability by students and staff members also faced uncertain interruptions and logistical challenges,” he said.
Meanwhile, Stewart Redden, ESF’s Learning and Teaching Advisor said it is vital for students to be at the forefront of driving sustainability as they are the generations who will inherit the planet and its numerous environmental challenges.