In view of the severity of the global environment issues and the rapid depletion of natural resources, New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association integrates the concept of environmental protection into the organizational culture and is committed to implement green measures in daily management and operation. Elements of sustainability are infused into the daily life and work habits of the service users and our staff to heighten their environmental awareness. Apart from service users and staff, we also actively disseminate the green message to the volunteers, our partners and the community.
We are committed to roll out green policy covering six major aspects, namely reduce, recycle, reuse, green purchase, green management and facilities, and green promotion and education.
Go-green Working Group
The Quality Assurance and Continuous Quality Improvement Subcommittee organized a seminar on the development of green work in July 2013, after which the go-green working group was established to formulate the direction, framework and objectives of green initiatives, provide information for service units to promote environmental protection work, monitor the effectiveness for the continuity of green efforts.
"Greenery”, "Cheery” and "Promissory”
Three mascots namely "Greenery (綠仔)”, "Cheery (樂仔)” and "Promissory (諾仔)” symbolize our determination to take responsibilities for environmental protection, implement environmental friendly initiatives and work together towards an environmentally sustainable future. The mascot design is adapted in various green tips that are displayed in prominent places to encourage the staff and service users to cultivate green habits such as energy saving, water conservation and reducing waste at source.
"Community Involvement Project for Municipal Solid Waste Charging – Waste Reduction Get, Set, Go!”
With the support from Environment and Conservation Fund, one-year project namely "Community Involvement Project for Municipal Solid Waste Charging – Waste Reduction Get, Set, Go!” was implemented at New Life Building in March 2017. Staff and service users learnt more about the objectives and implementation arrangement of municipal solid waste charging as well as the importance of "waste reduction at source”. By setting up collection points for recyclables within New Life Building and displaying publicity of clean recycling near the collection points to enhance the quality of recyclables. According to the statistics, total amount of disposed waste reduced in 21% while total amount of collected recyclables increased in 48% compared with the period before the commencement of the project.
4 issues of "Green Newsletter” providing the information of municipal solid waste charging scheme and "waste reduction at source” were published
Staff and service users visited the Community Green Station – Sham Shui Po to learn more about the support provided by the Government for community recycling
"Love Green Day 2018 cum Sharing and Award Presentation of "Community Involvement Project for Municipal Solid Waste Charging – Waste Reduction Get, Set, Go!”
The event was held on 6 March 2018 at Jockey Club New Life Institute of Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Around 200 staff and service users attended. With the theme of "waste reduction at source”, the arrangement of municipal solid waste charging and the works and effectiveness of the project on waste reduction were shared on the event. Service units with outstanding performance on waste reduction and clean recycling during the project period were recognized in the award presentation. Upcycling workshops to echo the theme of "waste reduction at source” and to enhance the awareness of participants on waste conversion and resource conservation were conducted by service units.
- Love Green Day 2018
- Reused pots with the compost generated from food waste were used for small plants
"Country Parks Hiking and Planting Day 2018”
Go-green Working Group gathered 25 staff and service users to participate in Country Parks Hiking and Planting Day 2018 which was organized by Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. Participants not only planted the seedlings of native tree species that helped increase the forest coverage but they also enjoyed the beautiful scenery of the country parks which helped wellness of body, mind and soul. Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department also provided game booths to introduce the characteristics of different native tree species.
- Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department distributed seedlings to Planting Day participants
- Staff prepared the "new home” for the seedlings
"Shoreline Cleanup Day 2018”
38 students of Department of Sociology, Hong Kong Shue Yan University and staff joined hands to clean the seashore at Lung Kwu Tan, Tuen Mun on 6 October 2018 in order to reduce the pollution by solid wastes and protect the marine ecosystem.
- Students and staff joined hands to clear the refuse
- Total about dozens of bags of garbage were cleared up. Participants contributed their efforts to clean the seashore
"Recycling Flea Market”
Go-green Working Group organized Recycling Flea Market on 7 December 2018 at New Life Building. More than 100 staff visited the Market. The objective of the activity was to promote the reuse of gently used or even brand new stuff among the staff so as to reduce waste at source and adopt green living style by shop wisely.
- Staff visited the Recycling Flea Market
- Participants left messages showing support to the activity and environmental sustainability
New Life has been proactively pursing environmental protection activities within the organization as well as participating in various programmes run by other organizations including:
- Energy Saving Scheme
Service units are encouraged to set goals of reduction in consumption of electricity, review the electricity saving measures amongst service users and staff and examine the effectiveness of energy conservation.
- Green Footprint
Service units submit the "Green Footprint Record” to share their experiences in active implementation of green work and environmental education activities.
Upcycling – Trainees "upcycle” the waste plastic bottle caps and "transform” them into keychains in a creative way.
Through "Green Flea Market” the barter platform, users of residential services can share and exchange goods to achieve a balanced resource allocation and waste reduction at source.
Staff of vocational rehabilitation services made potted plant to create a greener workplace in the activity "Green330”.
- Food Waste Recycling Project
New Life Farm received grants from ECF to install a composting machine which converts the collected food waste to organic compost for the use of the Farm. Apart from the collection and recycling of food waste, visits and seminars are organized for the public to promote food waste minimization, waste reduction at source and organic farming.
Environment and Conservation Fund supported the installation of composting machine.
Visit programmes are organized for the community
- Food Sharing Project
Aiming to encourage the public to reduce food waste and promote food donations, the Association has undertaken a food sharing project in Wong Tai Sin and Tuen Mun since 2012. With the support from ECF, the project extended to Kwai Chung and Tsuen Wan from June 2015 onwards, incorporating elements like community participation and promotion of environmental friendly messages in schools, etc.
Around 200-240 people were given food per day in the Food Sharing Project.
The Project incorporates community involvement.
- CLP GREEN PLUS Energy Billboard Service Program and Energy Audit
Several service units joined the energy audit programme organized by CLP Power Hong Kong Limited. With reference to the audit reports and recommendations provided by CLP, service units can improve their energy efficiency. The GREEN PLUS Energy Billboard Service Program provided information about the overall electricity consumption on a quarterly basis.
Apart from the active implementation of green initiatives within the Association, we also support the green actions launched by government departments and other organizations that are conducive to environmental protection and sustainability, which include:
The Association signed up to the "Charter on External Lighting” launched by Environment Bureau. The external lighting is switched off from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. on the following day to reduce light nuisance and energy wastage.
Apart from "Charter on External Lighting”, the Association also signed "Energy Saving Charter” which is launched by Environment Bureau. The Association committed that service units maintain an average indoor temperature between 24-26°C during the summer months and switch off electrical appliances and systems when not in use.
New Life Building first submitted an application to Hong Kong Green Organisation Certification (HKGOC) via the Environmental Campaign Committee (ECC) alongside the Environmental Protection Department and in conjunction with nine organisations. After review on our energy saving and waste reduction practices, Wastewi$e Certificate – Basic Level and Energywi$e Certificate – Basic Level are issued and we are successfully certified as Hong Kong Green Organisation (HKGO) in recognition of our contribution on environmental protection.
The Association is awarded with "Friends of EcoPark 2019” Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of our support given to recycling business in EcoPark and efforts in promoting recycling and reducing waste.
Kwai Shing Sheltered Workshop and The Wellness Centre (Islands) won the Hanson Outstanding Award and Hanson Merit Award, by virtue of their support for energy saving. The Association also received the Hanson Supportive Group Award in the Energy Saving Championship Scheme 2017, which was organized by the Environment Bureau and Electrical and Mechanical Services Department.
The Association also supported the campaign organized by the Hong Kong Shark Foundation and became a signatory of the "Say No To Shark Fin” pledge. We agreed to exclude shark fin from the menus of official events, entertainment functions and public activities to fulfill social responsibilities.
According to the information provided by Environmental Protection Department, most of Hong Kong’s food waste is disposed at landfills together with other municipal solid waste at present. The practice of disposing of biodegradable food waste at landfills is not sustainable and is environmentally undesirable as it depletes the limited landfill space, creates odour nuisance and the useful organic contents are wasted. In order to address the problem of food waste, the Association joined the campaign "Love Food, Hate Waste” organizing by Bo Charity Foundation – Food Angel, which promotes the message of cherishing food.
Campaign stickers are put on the garbage bins of service units and offices to remind staff and service users to cherish food and reduce food waste.
The "Green Book” containing environmental education materials including relevant information, quizzes and green living tips was issued to serve as a resource kit for staff and service users in order to enhance their knowledge of environmental protection.
Let’s Go Green Booklet