Hong Kong 2015

Expanding the Dialogue: Sustainability in a Connected World

Our 9th annual conference was co-hosted by the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) and The University of Hong Kong.

Complex sustainability challenges demand attention and action from people and institutions at many levels now and in the coming decades. ISCN 2015, Expanding the Dialogue: Sustainability in a Connected World brought together experts and practitioners from across the globe for cross-cutting communication and connections between higher education, business, government and civil society.


Speakers and presentation materials are linked under each session below.

Pre-Conference Session (June 17, 2015):

The What, Why and How of Campus Sustainability – Shared Challenges, New Approaches

Bernd Kasemir, ISCN Secretariat
Melissa GoodallYale University Office of Sustainability
Heather HenriksenHarvard University Office for Sustainability
You Wei WangChairman, China Green Building Council and Stephen Lau, Professor, National University of Singapore (joint presentation)

Main Conference (June 17-19, 2015):

Welcome and Opening Remarks:

Steven J. Cannon, The University of Hong Kong
Bernd KasemirISCN Program Manager
K. S. WongSecretary for Environment for Hong Kong (keynote)

Dialogue 1: Universities and Cities in the 21st Century

Park Won SoonMayor, Seoul Metropolitan Government, Republic of Korea (keynote video)
Christopher Webster, The University of Hong Kong (moderator)
Antti Ahlava, Aalto University
Sandy Burgoyne,  Future Cities Collaborative
Lincoln Leong, MTR
Edward Ng, Chinese University of  Hong Kong

Dialogue 2: Regional Perspectives on Global Change

Jeanne NgChina Light and Power (keynote)
John Robinson, University of British Columbia (moderator)
Marcelo Fernandez, Universidad International del Ecuador (UIDE)
Gitile Naituli, University of Kenya
René Schwarzenbach, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Dialogue 3: Corporate-University Engagement

Bernd Kasemir, ISCN Program Manager, moderating for André Schneider, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Samuel KwongJohn Swire & Sons (H.K.) Ltd
Pamela MarFung Management Limited
Joe MullinixNational University of Singapore
Angelo Riccaboni, University of Siena

Working Group Sessions

WG1: Sustainable buildings and user behavior

Ying Hua, Cornell University
Bart Meehan, Australian National University
Dante Archangeli, The University of Hong Kong
Myrianthi Astanioti, Cyprus University of Technology
Merve Tunali and Gulsume Kulce, Bogazici University
Andreas Wanke, Freie Universität Berlin

WG 1 Key Findings

WG2: Climate preparedness and other campus-wide strategic initiatives

Heather Henriksen, Harvard University
Eugenio Morello, POLIMI
Andre EdelhoffAssociation of Pacific Rim Universities
John RobinsonUniversity of British Columbia

WG3: Integration of infrastructure, research, education and civic engagement for the co-production of science, technology and social practice for sustainability

Ariane Koenig, University of Luxembourg
James EvansUniversity of Manchester
Davis Bookhart, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Karola Braun-WankeFreie Universität Berlin
Goran Finnveden, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Victoria Smith, University of British Columbia

WG 3 Key Findings

Parallel Sessions


Melissa GoodallYale University
Kam Ka Wing Karina, The University of Hong Kong, Bachelor of Science (Exercise & Health)
Seung Yeon (Jen) Lee, The University of Hong Kong, Bachelor of Law & Bachelor of Social Science


Nilesh Y Jadhav, Nanyang Technological University
Julie Newman, MIT
Jeremy Prepscius, BSR




The ISCN 2015 Conference travel, meals and hotel were offset through Carbonfund.org.