Advocating Sustainable Lifestyles
With increasing environmental and social challenges ahead, we all have a role to play in doing our part. As a member of the global community, we strive to combat these challenges not only by reducing our environmental impact but by cultivating public awareness through a range of education initiatives. Aligning with UN SDG 4 Quality Education and UN SDG 17 Partnerships for the Goals, we hope to make a positive impact on society and encourage everyone to join us in adopting a sustainable lifestyle and creating a better future for the world.
Sustainability Forum 2020
Activating Change In A New World Order
On 16 January 2020, the Group launched its inaugural Sustainability Forum through Culture For Tomorrow, a non-profit organisation founded by Adrian Cheng. The Forum convened 30 international speakers and over 200 business leaders to inspire and build knowledge capital on sustainable impact through cross-sector and cross-generational dialogues.
At the Forum held at K11 ATELIER King’s Road, the Group reinforced its need to address the climate emergency, not only by reducing its environmental impact through SV2030 but also by forming partnerships, especially with next-generation changemakers. The event featured Peter Bakker, President & CEO of World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), as keynote speaker and different panel discussions aiming to rethink cities, redefine cultures and communities, and realign finance and technology for the purpose.
The Forum also included concurrent exhibitions from K11 Art Foundation and The New York Times, which showcased works of photography and art, capturing the pressing realities of climate change and urging sombre reflection on the need for a culture of sustainable living.
Engaging our Tenants: Sustainable Tenancy Pledge
To encourage collective actions in addressing pressing sustainability issues, we actively engage our office and retail tenants to adopt sustainable design and operational practices. The voluntary Sustainable Tenancy Pledge is launched for office and retail tenants at K11 ATELIER Victoria Dockside, K11 ATELIER King’s Road and K11 MUSEA.
The Pledge offers guidelines for sustainable fitting-out and operations, smart metering to optimise energy efficiency, and waste and recycling management services to help reduce waste. The Pledge for our retail tenants at K11 MUSEA is specially designed with extended offerings to cover diverse needs across all tenant types. Tenants are offered bespoke consultations on energy saving and waste reduction measures or LEED standards benchmarking. Participating food and beverage tenants make additional commitments, such as reducing plastic disposables, offering sustainable menu items and reducing food waste and separating waste at the source.
Hong Kong’s First Urban Biodiversity Museum: Nature Discovery Park
Located on 8F of K11 MUSEA, Nature Discovery Park is Hong Kong’s first urban biodiversity museum and sustainability-themed education park. Its mission is to raise awareness of Hong Kong’s ecological importance and inspire a holistic and sustainable lifestyle. It plays host to a variety of tropical and native plants, a rooftop farm, an aquarium and naturally attracted butterflies. Educational programmes and community events are regularly held to drive action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Find out more about Nature Discovery Park’s vision from the documentary video on Forbes.com and Business Reporter.
Nature Discovery Park has partnered with the Jane Goodall Institute Hong Kong to launch the Little Nature Ambassador Programme to promote local biodiversity to young children. Through the interactive online modules, the Park aims to help future generations discover the natural world and cultivate a sense of preserving the city’s biodiversity.
Nature Discovery Park also utilises multi-sensory learning kits developed by local startups and social enterprises. Through these education materials, participants will learn about communication methods such as Braille and sign language. The Park hopes to develop children’s empathy for the disabled and promote social inclusion in the community.
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K11 KULTURE WEBINAR SERIES
K11 KULTURE WEBINAR SERIES invites creative powers from around the world to engage in dialogues around the new normal, with an objective to enrich the lives of our customers through culture, creativity and innovation. Various topics such as, “Post COVID-19 era: Sustainable Lifestyle Redefined” and “Building Communities of Changemakers”, invite international leaders from different fields to discuss how we overcome environmental, social and economic challenges during the slowdown period. Other topics like “Rethinking Food with Urban Agriculture” explore the future of food and urban agriculture, promoting sustainable lifestyles to our stakeholders.