2015 Conference: Detailed Conference Program

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

Join us for an engaging conference! A detailed program may be found below:

ISCN 2015 Conference Program (downloadable)

17 June 2015 – ISCN Conference Day 1

HKU Centennial Campus

8:45am – 9:30am

CC 3.28, The Jockey Club Tower

Pre-Conference Registration (including a light breakfast)

9:30am – 12:30pm

CC 3.28, The Jockey Club Tower

Pre-Conference Session: The What, Why and How of Campus Sustainability – Shared Challenges, New Approaches

In recent decades, with growing global awareness of climate change and sustainability issues, numerous industry associations and others have introduced green building certification programs, standards and ratings. What makes universities different? Which aspects of campus design, construction, and operation have driven the development of tailored approaches by higher education institutions and related organizations? How can the lessons learned through their efforts benefit institutions and policymakers in your region?

Discussions include the latest updates on the China Green Building Council's release of national green campus standards for primary, secondary and tertiary education, Harvard University's updated building policy, and the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) and their collaboration to produce the Green Guide for Universities. 


You Wei Wang, Chairman, China Green Building

Stephen Lau, Professor, National University of Singapore

Heather Henriksen, Director, Harvard University Office for Sustainability

Melissa Goodall, Associate Director, Yale University Office of Sustainability

12:30pm – 1:45pm

HKU Visitor Centre Gallery

Arrival and Main Conference Check-in


12:30pm - 1:45pm

Bijas Vegetarian Restaurant


Buffet Lunch

2:00pm – 2:45pm

CC 3.28, The Jockey Club Tower

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Bernd Kasemir, ISCN Program Manager

Dr. Steven J. Cannon, Executive Vice-President (Administration & Finance)

Keynote Address:

K. S. Wong, Secretary for Environment for Hong Kong

2:45pm - 4:30pm

CC 3.28, The Jockey Club Tower

Dialogue 1: Universities and Cities in the 21st Century

As rapid urbanization becomes a hallmark of our times, high-density cities and campus communities present unique sustainability challenges. Drawing on case studies from different regions, experts will discuss university-city synergies and the benefits of cross-sectoral engagement to address the unique challenges of density—from physical and mental health, to energy, the built environment, environmental performance, urban mobility, and more.


Park Won Soon, Mayor, Seoul Metropolitan Government, Republic of Korea  (keynote video message)

Professor Christopher Webster, Dean, Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong (moderator)

Antti Ahlava, Professor and Vice President, Aalto University, Finland

Sandy Burgoyne, Director, Future Cities Collaborative, Australia

Lincoln Leong, Chief Executive Officer, Mass Transit Railway (MTR), Hong Kong

Edward Ng, Professor of Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong

4:30pm - 5:00pm

Outside 3.28

Coffee and snacks

5:00pm - 5:15pm Group Photo
5:15 pm - 6:30pm

Centennial Campus, Main Campus

HKU Campus Tour

6:30pm- 8:30pm

University Lodge

Reception and Dinner

hosted by Professor Peter Mathieson, President and Vice-Chancellor, The University of Hong Kong

Keynote Address:

Mahesh Pradhan, Chief, Environmental Education and Training Unit, UNEP

18 June 2015 – ISCN Conference Day 2

HKU Main Campus

8:30am - 9:00am

Rayson Huang Theatre

Light Breakfast 


9:00am - 10:45am

Rayson Huang Theatre

Dialogue 2: Regional Perspectives on Global Change

With sustainable development challenges affecting regions and communities around the world in different ways, collaboration among universities, governments and civil society is driving the development of local and cross-border solutions. Thought leaders with a diversity of views will shed light on regional approaches to complex issues such as pollution and carbon emissions, water management, food security, and natural disasters and the innovative strategies needed to address these and other shared concerns.


Jeanne Ng, Director – Group Sustainability, China Light and Power (keynote)

Professor John Robinson, Associate Provost, Sustainability. University of British Columbia, Sustainability Initiative (moderator)

Marcelo Fernandez, Chancellor, Universidad International del Ecuador (UIDE)

Professor Gitile Naituli, Professor of Management at Multimedia University of Kenya and Commissioner National Cohesion & Integration Commission 

René Schwarzenbach, Delegate of the Steering Board, Competence Centre of Environment and Sustainability, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

10:45am - 11:15am

Rayson Huang Theatre



11:15am - 1:00pm

Rayson Huang Theatre

Dialogue 3: Corporate-University Engagement

Corporations in every hemisphere need C-suite executives and managers who can apply integrated, systems-based approaches to a growing range of sustainability issues. Sustainability experts from higher education and the private sector will share their perspectives on the rapidly changing job market and explore the knowledge, skills, and research and teaching approaches needed to prepare the leaders of tomorrow.


André Schneider, Vice President for Resources and Infrastructures, EPFL, Switzerland (keynote and moderator)

Samuel Kwong, Group Sustainable Development Manager, John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Ltd

Pamela Mar, Director of Sustainability, Fung Management Limited, Hong Kong 

Joe Mullinix, Deputy President (Administration), National University of Singapore 

Angelo Riccaboni, Rector, University of Siena, Italy

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Loke Yew Hall, Main Building



2:30pm - 5:30pm

Main Building rooms: G07, 237, Convocation Room

Working Group Sessions (including coffee)

Working Group 1:
Buildings and Their Sustainability Performance

Led by WG1 Co-Chairs,

Ying Hua, Assistant Professor, Cornell University

Bart Meehan, Visiting Fellow at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, 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

Working Group 2: 
Campus-wide Planning and Target Setting

Led by WG2 Co-Chairs,

Heather Henriksen, Director, Office for Sustainability, Harvard

Eugenio Morello, Assistant Professor in Urban Design, POLIMI


Andre Edelhoff, Association of Pacific Rim Universities

John Robinson, University of British Columbia

Working Group 3: Integration of Research, Teaching and Facilities

Led by WG3 Co-Chair,

Ariane Koenig, Head of Sustainable Development and Senior Researcher, University of Luxembourg


James Evans, University of Manchester


Davis Bookhart, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Karola Braun-Wanke, Freie Universität Berlin

Goran Finnveden, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Victoria Smith, University of British Columbia


Asia Society Hong Kong Center

Celebration Dinner & ISCN Awards Ceremony

Depart by Coach for Asia Society





7:00pm - 9:00pm

Cocktail hour on Roof Garden, Walking tour & Gallery visit

Remarks by: Professor Hoyin Lee, Director, Architectural Conservation Programmes (ACP), Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong

Dinner & Awards Ceremony

Facilitated by: Bernd Kasemir, ISCN Program Manager

Coach pick up for return to hotels

19 June 2015 – ISCN Conference Day 3

HKU Centennial Campus

8:15am – 9:00am

CC 3.04 Run Run Shaw Tower

Light breakfast

9:00am – 9:45am

CC 3.04, Run Run Shaw Tower

Working Group Debrief

Presented by the Working Group Co-Chairs

10:00am – 11:00am

CC 3.04, Run Run Shaw Tower

CC 3.28, The Jockey Club Tower

Parallel sessions

Session 1) Global Student Engagement

Leading campus sustainability experts will discuss exciting opportunities for global student exchanges, both physical and virtual, to advance student experience and learning on sustainability related topics.

Facilitator: Zena Harris, ISCN Secretariat


Melissa Goodall, Associate Director, Office of Sustainability, Yale University, Speaking topic: The Global University Climate Forum

Yun-Hae Kim, President of the Korean Association of Green Campus Initiative (KAGCI)

SEUNG YEON (JEN) LEE, The University of Hong Kong, Bachelor of Law & Bachelor of Social Science (Government and Laws)

KAM Ka Wing Karina, The University of Hong Kong, Bachelor of Science (Exercise & Health)


Session 2) Linking Excellence and Sustainability

Leading campus sustainability experts will discuss performance, assessment, and sustainability as a contributor to excellence in higher education and business.

Facilitator: Ann Kildahl, Sustainability Manager, The University of Hong Kong


Julie Newman, Director, Office of Sustainability, MIT

Nilesh Y Jadhav, Program Director (EcoCampus), Nanyang Technological University 

Jeremy Prepscius, Vice President, Asia-Pacific, BSR

11:00am – 11:15am

CC 3.04


11:15am - 12:15pm

CC 3.04, Run Run Shaw Tower

Awards Case Study Presentations

Session lead: Bernd Kasemir, ISCN Program Manager

Award winners TBD

12:15pm – 12:30pm

CC 3.04, Run Run Shaw Tower

Closing Remarks

Bernd Kasemir, ISCN Program Manager

1:00pm - 2:45pm

Victoria Harbour Restaurant, The Westwood , The Westwood


3:00pm - 6:00pm

Faculty of Social Sciences Board Room, The Jockey Club Tower

ISCN Members Only Summit

The ISCN Members Only Summit will focus on strengthening relationships, providing strategic insight on how the ISCN can advance the global sustainable campus agenda, and expanding the dialogue of our diverse network.

James Gudjonson, Director of the Sustainability Office at Thompson Rivers University

Philippe Vollichard, Manager and Coordinator of Sustainable Development at EPFL


Dinner at Watermark, Central

20 June 2015 – Optional Post Conference program


Bus pick up: Sai Wan

We invite you to spend one more day with us! Following the conference, exclusive tours have been arranged, followed by lunch and the chance to experience authentic local holiday traditions. Saturday, June 20th marks the auspicious Dragon Boat Festival (Tuen Ng). This centuries-old festival is celebrated across Hong Kong with dragon boat races, delicious food and traditions, paying homage to the loyalty of poet Qu Yuan (339 BCE – 278 BCE).

A tour of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Established in 1991, HKUST is located on Clearwater Bay, roughly 40 minutes north of HKU. Dragon boat races will be held in nearby Sai Kung.


Dragon Boat Races (Sai Kung)