Final Reports from the First “Dean’s Green Earth Project Awards”
In order to put energy conservation and emission reduction into practice and build a conservation-conscious society, the Dean of the School of Environment and Energy (SEE), Professor Geng Xu set up the “Dean’s Green Earth Project Awards,” and contributed funds for award money. The awards are presented to those students who have made outstanding contributions to the fields of energy conservation and emission reduction. Four groups have worked on different aspects of environmental protection to serve Peking University’s Shenzhen Graduate Campus and Shenzhen City since Prof. Geng established the awards in Jan. 2010. And they have all produced results.
On June 28th, in room E211, each group submitted its final report. The awards’ review committee was comprised of Professor Qiu Guoyu, Associate Professor Ma Jiong and Ms. Zhou Shu all from SEE, Associate Professor Zhang Huacheng from the HSBC School of Business and Associate Professor Li Zhicheng from the School of Chemical Biology and Biotechnology. The four groups introduced their projects and achievements thus far as well as future plans to the committee.
Li Yang, from the “Green Campus iRide” project group, spoke first. Green Campus iRide is a public service plan initiated by Peking University students to tackle the exacerbating traffic problem in metropolitan Shenzhen. She described the group’s bike recycling program and Green Travel publicity campaign. Their next goals are to create bike lanes and a student bike association in University Town. Next, Xu Xiaohu introduced the project “Environmental Publication and Education.” The project plans to popularize environmental protection knowledge in nursery school students, screen films on campus related to environmental protection and on Earth Day will set up a booth in Wenxin Plaza in Nanshan to promote low-carbon lifestyles. They would like to continue promoting green products and environmental management systems. Liu Wen was spokesperson for the third project, “Energy-Efficient Elevators (Lifts).” The group has already run an energy saving publicity campaign on campus and implemented new energy efficient technology in elevators. Finally, Liu Yong, of project “Trash Recycling” recounted the group’s accomplishment. The group’s overall goal is to create a trash sorting and recycling program in Peking University’s Shenzhen Campus,to help reduce waste and damage to the environment. Currently, N Building has a trash recycling program.
The review committee member congratulated all the groups on their current achievements and encouraged them to continue their progress. The students also shared that participating in the groups gave them feelings of satisfaction and accomplishment. While these activities are just small steps on the long path to substantially reducing society’s carbon footprint, this award has created a platform to launch their ideas.