Green Building Week aims to change people’s daily lives

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 August, 2014, 11:52am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 27 August, 2014, 4:11am

The Hong Kong Green Building Council, a non-profit organisation, is gearing up for next week's launch of its second annual campaign to boost public awareness of green lifestyles.

The built environment has a huge impact on society, as do people's lifestyles.

And that was why the Hong Kong Green Building Week not only focused on green development, but also hoped to change the general public's behaviour and mindset in order to protect the environment, said Conrad Wong Tin-cheung, the council's chairman.

"We hope to convey the message to the youth, tell them to link the green concept to their daily lives," Wong said.

"They will change their mindset and eventually will influence their parents to make a change. It needs a big change - from the way they live, what they consume and to what they wear."

The council, established in 2009 and a member of the World Green Building Council, aims to promote green building practices in Hong Kong, encourage environmentally friendly building design and technologies and enhance the community's awareness of sustainability.

Wong was elected the council's chairman for a two-year term in 2012 and then re-elected this year.

The Hong Kong Green Building Week, due to run from September 4 to 21, will feature a variety of activities including photography and film contests and a forum.

Wong shares his views on his mission to save the planet and why building green is important to Hong Kong