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Objectives

Posted on February 10th, 2009 in by Kate Wade

OUR 20 OBJECTIVES 2009

(Team Leader in bold)
(Outline followed by the expansion of the outline which is to be updated with progress and current status throughout the year. Orange designates action you can take to help the project)

OUTLINE and IDEAS

1) Recycling: [Dana,Kate, Michele]
Key Objectives: expand recycling beyond villages to include ferries, piers, restaurants and streets; address the recycling implementation of each village one by one to ensure it is working correctly; regularly report progress on volumes collected; regular cleaner education; helper education events; plaza recycling day

2) Tree Planting: [John Horwood)]
Key objectives: Continue caring for trees planted in 2008 by watering them during dry spells, complete a fire break and second round of tree planting – 500-1000 trees to the South of current area.

3) Beach Clean-ups: [Tracey, Salina]
Key objective: beach clean up 3-4 times per year; various beaches.

4) Mangrove Planting: (Ben Ridley)
Key Objectives: clean the area from rubbish that has collected and plant new mangroves.

5) Transport: [Toby]
Key objective: electric golf carts introduced into DB, continue to encourage a no idle policy with buses and introduce the idea for ferries

6) Styrofoam-free : [Salina, Tracey]
Key Objective:
– Raise awareness to the negative health and environmental impacts of Styrofoam use and disposal.
– Remove Styrofoam take-out food containers from all DB restaurants.
– Gather more signatures to support the campaign.
– Organize a collection-recycling system from EPS packaging materials in DB to steer Styrofoam away from landfills, waterways, and beaches (delivery boxes & electronic appliance packaging).
– To issue certificates of participation/recognition to environmentally friendly shops and restaurants.

7) Community Education [Michele, Kate, Vicky, Betsy and All of us]
Key Objectives: update pamphlets and banners for event use; print wallet guides on different topics; regular email articles and web updates; support plaza days for Int’l Earth/Fair Trade Day and Recycling Day to reach the whole of DB;

8) Marina Club [Michele]
Key Objectives: all residents convert to eco-friendly boat wash and household cleansers by year end 2009

9) School Education Program [needs owner]
Key Objectives: educate school children on environmental issues

10) Composting (Trish, Peter, Elspeth, Kate)
Key Objectives: to explore composting possibilities in DB.

11) Organic Farm (Angie, LeAnn)
Key Objectives: To explore the possibility of havingan organic farm where interested residents could have their own smallplot to grow plants.

12) Greening up our villages (needs an owner)
Key Objectives: Encourage DB Green members to get involved in their village’s decisions by becoming a member of the Village Owners Committee VOC (most elections held once a year) or writing to their village about green initiatives you would like to see (LED and CFL lighting, composting, better timing of lights, air-conditioning)

13) Disneyland Fireworks:
Key Objective: To find out if the fireworks are polluting the air and ground in DB and encourage Disney to change their method of firing to conform to American and European standards.

14) Flea Markets (Kate and whoever else I can rope into on the day)
Key Objective: To continue to develop the idea of buying second hand and reusing before throwing out.

ONE-OFF PROJECTS (also needs volunteers)
A) Earth/Fair Trade Day: (Maggie) Aim: To showcase green companies and organisation’s in Hong Kong with a plaza day. Half the battle of living in Hong Kong is finding where businesses are- this day would be a way of finding out what is available.
B) Recycling Day: (Kate): Aim: To alert residents to the importance of recycling. A repeat of last years plaza day.
C) Going Topless (Tracey): Aim- to alert residents to the toxic chemicals contained in the lids of coffee and encourage residents to have their coffee without lids, bring their own mugs and for coffee shops to reconsider using polystyrene lids
D) Bags for fusion (needs owner): Aim- To have a cage/ container in an accessible place near Fusion where excess bags can be placed for use when you are shopping in DB but have forgotten to bring your own bag.
E) Junk mail (Kate): Aim: To reduce junk mail in DB by using a NO JUNK MAIL sticker for letter boxes,
F) Feng Shui Woodland sign: (Kate and John) Aim- To give the area proper status, provide information and help people find it.
G) Can be added to throughout year as projects arise.

Calendar:
Guidelines– avoid scheduling from July 1 to Aug 31; watch for mid-term breaks; avoid clashing with major DB events like picnic in the park, Team Fear kids race, 10K, etc.

-Flea markets and fairs: every 3 months. Any other events can focus on different environmental issues; choose a new issue each time so we get repeat visitors stopping by – need dates to avoid conflicting with other activities below; currently no fairs on offer in DB.
-Tree Planting: several week-ends in April 4/5 or 25/26 or May 9/10 (avoiding Easter and Labor Day holidays)
-Beach Clean-ups: 3-4 times — Int’l Coastal Clean-up (September); Mid-Autumn Festival (September); June before the beach season begins
-Plaza fair days — Recycling Day (Oct?); Earth Day (Weds, April 22nd; maybe move to sunday before?); Fair Trade Day (May 9?)Awaiting approved date

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Vision: Create the Greenest, Most Eco- Friendly Community in Hong Kong

As Measured By:
Short range–
– highest recycling rates (need to compare with other areas in HK, EPD?)
– lowest rubbish rates dumped per capita (can we get stats from past years?)
– number of trees planted per year (get history and report to post on website)
– reduction in plastic bag use by businesses and residents
– no styrofoam use by businesses
– beaches and trails free of rubbish
Long-range —
– installation of solar panels (small wind turbines?) on buildings and housing villages
– conversion to use of alternative power (solar, purchase from CLP)
– installation and use of ‘smart-meters’ so residents can understand what electricity they are using
– all transportation converted to electric power
– local schools include environmental education and action in every grade year
– water conservation improvement over time
– electricity conservation improvement over time

What would this mean for residents?
Imagine Living in a Place That – you could be proud of and that set an example for the rest of Hong Kong (possibly Asia) of how to do it

What would this mean for HKRI?
– ability to market Discovery Bay locally as a true 360 green community, not just green wash with a few trees
– build a regional and global reputation for leading edge property development
– some additional investment in infrastructure
– cost savings (rubbish, electricity, water, sewage) over time

EXPANSION OF IDEAS

1) Recycling: [Dana, Kate, Michele]
Key Objectives:
• expand recycling beyond villages to include ferries, piers, restaurants and streets- contact with City Management, Winson and DBTransport will be required. EPWG could get involved here. Issues will be cost and placement of bins, who pays, what do they look like and the logistics of collecting the recycling off the ferries and pick up by Winson. School participation possible for some theme painted recycle bins in various public areas. Street/public bins should generally be in a set of 4 bins ie recycle bins should be together with a trash bin to prevent rubbish being put into recycle bins. Likewise rubbish bins should never be on their own but adjacent to recycle bins to prevent recycling being put into the rubbish- consider 4 way or 3 way bins. Find out who pays for the current bins and the selection chosen. Restaurants- little known of current recycle rates if at all- find out what we can do to help and encourage restaurants to participate.Any ideas and helpers welcome to expand recycling in DB.
• address the recycling implementation of each village one by one to ensure it is working correctly; The recycling day in the plaza showed large anomalies in the villages who had put in the recycling bins- in some cases no information of the type of recycling was easily accessible so each village needs to be tackled. Displays, banners could be used in lobbies together with workshop/education events for each village.Correct placing of posters in the rubbish rooms is essential to successand Winson has been asked to check but thorough room by room inspection required. People from each village can help with inspecting their building recycling areas and reporting back.
• regularly report progress on volumes collected; Get this information from Winson and publish each month-current figures in lobby very old.some computer help required here with setting up a table, or graph on the blog website that can be added to each month.
• regular cleaner education, Winson has put together a formalized course for cleaners so they know what can and can’t be recycled- they should not generally have to interfere with village level recycling which is sorted by the residents to a reasonable standard but public recycling is often mixed with rubbish (change of type of bins could help here) so some sorting by cleaners is required.DB Green to keep an eye on their progress and offer help. Initial course has been completed- confirm the frequency and suggest adjustments if needed.
• helper education events, Suggestion to hold events after church services on Sunday and short information evenings in the multi purpose hall with food and drinks available to encourage attendance- generally conduct in English but some Philipino language may be helpful. Other languages? Approval from CM for use of hall, from churchs for meeting afterwards, cost of food could probably be covered by DB Green fundsbut perhaps clubs could give them to us at cost? .Make a point of educating your own helper to recycle and make it part of her job description. Send her to education events. Provide bins for her in the office and kitchen to make it easier at home to recycle.
• plaza recycling day
2) Tree Planting: [John Horwood)]
Key objectives:
• Continue caring for trees planted in 2008 by watering them during dry spells, Volunteers always needed
• complete afire break: permission is being sought from HKR for either a cut fire break or a greenbelt sprinkler firebreak. The cost of cut firebreak is $10000 and it would need to be cut once every year- though after the first year it may be possible to keep it cut back by volunteers. Request for COC to pay for it but there was an objection by a couple of people from the COC. Amy Yung has suggested that we apply for a grant from the government for small environmental projects. Sprinkler fire break is more expensive but would not require redoing each year but general maintenance expected- permission not yet given for this due HKR thought the appearance might be unsightly however it is thought by DB Green that it would be better than a cut firebreak- we need to explain to HKR further.
• second round of tree planting – 500-1000 trees to the South of current area. John has spoken to Kadoorie farms who have offered 500 trees at discount to help our project. It will be in spring time as usual and shortly after the first rainfall of the wet season. Late March, April, May. Will increase to 1000 depending on number of volunteers. John is selecting different trees this planting to aid with biodiversity and attract different species. Schools have indicated a possibility of being involved. Currently about 750 have survived from our first year out of just over 900. This is very good- attrition has been due to rats eating at the roots and one species did not take. High success rate due care taken to look after them by protecting the roots with wire mesh and watering. Care needed for first 2 years of life after which they should be more self-sufficient. Ongoing project expected with intention to continue planting for many years.Donate money to purchase a tree/s and help with theplanting and caring of trees.

3) Beach Clean-ups: [Tracey]
Key objective: beach clean-up 3-4 times per year; beaches include Nim Shue Wan, Cheung Sha Lan and Man Kok(by boat)
Possible dates: -March 29th . – Gaelle, Catherine and Tracey have discovered a beach further around Lantau (Man Kok) that is apparently a beautiful beach except for a significant amount of rubbish and particularly Styrofoam. Easiest to get to by boat. Possibly get Lantau Boat Club involved and/or other boat owners in DB together for an all day event (maybe sausage sizzle lunch and/or picnic). Advertise to schools and community. Marine department would need to pick up the rubbish. Do you have a boat or a friend with a boat- maybe you could make this a fun family day out to make this neglected beach beautiful once again.

-June 6/7/13/14?- Tracey would like to organize an interschool beach cleanup with all DB schools and schools with students who reside in DB for fun and education. This will be a significant task and if you have an association with a particular school you could help organize the schools participation- email Tracey if you would like to get involved.

-September- beach cleanup after the Lantern Festival again and as part of our International Coastal Cleanup. Participate, spread the word and bring all your friends and family.

Question for CM: Is there anything clashing that CM could tell us about so DB green could organise a date?
Other cleanup ideas is:
– John Horwood would like to see the rubbish cleared along the river. Would probably be a small cleanup event. Could probably organize low key event at a time that suited John about 1 month in advance. The idea would be to start at he bottom of the hill (near Elegance) and head to the top of the river clearing rubbish along the way. Participate to ensure that the toxins from the breakdown of rubbish is removed from this beautiful natural river.

4) Mangrove Planting: (Ben Ridley)
Key Objectives: Ben is an environmental consultant who originally designed and built the mangrove area near the school part of the bay. His idea is to do some more planting with the aid of Credit Suisse employees and DB Green would like to help in anyway possible. Some involvement with Discovery College is anticipated as they have mentioned this project before.
• clean the area from rubbish that has collected:it has been brought to our attention by DB Green members that the mangrove swamp requires cleaning as it has gathered rubbish which is damaging to the wildlife habituating in the area. Areas of concern is how to collect the rubbish- how far do you sink into the mud- could school children do it- it is a tidal area so care would be required. Ben says should be OK for children with adult supervision. What is appropriate clothing. Cleaning the area before planting would make sense so anticipate cleaning within the next few months.
• plant new mangroves: guidance from Ben as to where, how much, and who is planting. Planting season March to September. Ben is already in contact with CM (Timothy Fan) who says HKR is aware of the request and he is awaiting a response for the go ahead. Answer has now been received declining Ben’s offer to assist with mangrove habitat management until they “have had time to study the mangrove further”. As there would be no expert more suitable to study the mangrove further then Ben would like EPWG to get involved to try again from different angle. It would be good if HKR could give us permission to go ahead with this project. I would also like to know if they are not interested can we go ahead with fixing it up in any case- ie do we need their permission to care for it? Question for EPWG to ask.

5) Transport: [Toby]
Key objective:
• electric golf carts introduced into DB. Currently CM has our request to bring a trial car to DB to ascertain the ability of the electric golf cart to compete with the current golf carts. COC was supportive of such a trial and so we await approval. From the COC meeting it was indicated that electric golf cart permission testing had already been given in DB and was being used for the trial up at the golf course so no further permission was needed to bring in the trial car from EZGO- confirmed yet? Can we bring the car in to set up for testing for a period of 2 weeks and when?EZ GO has said they are happy to supply a car for 14 days for a trial basis. Once we are approved representatives of DB Green would like to take the test vehicle through its paces as such:
1. Ease of use, ease of recharging, establish a recharging period on nightly basis through a charger at the test persons home.
2. Measure the performance at the hill between the plaza and the DBIS main school. Establish a comparison between actual golf carts in use with internal combustion engine and the electric one.
3. Do a couple of test runs up the hill to the golf course; we are cautious here as it seems unlikely that the electric vehicles can compete with the internal combustion engine ones. At this stage I recommend the exclusion of use up that hill. I.e. no electric cars for residents living near the golf course.
4. Advertise the test vehicle in the parking lot near the plaza and allow other to use it on a short basis.
5. Produce the findings to the public and Hong Kong Resort.
6. If initial testing a success, discuss with supplier and residents to implement a request for use with Hong Kong Resort.
• continue to encourage a no idle policy with buses and introduce the idea for ferries: Currently there is a policy to have no idling buses if outside temperature is 25 or less. Keep an eye on that. Perhaps encourage less use of air-conditioning in general.

6) Styrofoam-free : [Salina, Tracey]Salina and Tracey have beeen working on the polystyrene factor for sometime and Salina’s ultimate aim is forDB to be a leading example to the whole of Hong Kong, to influence a change of attitude towards Styrofoam use and disposal.
Key Objectives:
• Raise awareness to the negative health and environmental impacts of Styrofoam use and disposal.
• Remove Styrofoam take-out food containers from all DB restaurants. Mariner Club on board (so to speak) and is encouraging other 2 clubs to also change over so all purchasing would be done together. Restaurants approached. Hemingways helping? Some kind of recognition certificate or endorsement (designed by Salina?) that can be given/displayed/advertised from DB Green when a restaurant complies with non polystyrene containers.
• Gather more signatures to support the campaign. Can we put an online signature collection?
• Organize a collection-recycling system from EPS packaging materials in DB to steer Styrofoam away from landfills, waterways, and beaches (delivery boxes & electronic appliance packaging).Salina has found a recycler in HK for non-food EPS, and if collection and transportation can be arranged, we can guarantee that it will be recycled into polystyrene pellets (non-foam) that can be used to manufacture various plastic items. Salina thinks we should tackle the environmental impacts of Styrofoam by including the non-food stuff as well – considering it will usually go straight to landfill or get blown into waterways and washed onto the beaches. She is in talks with Friends of the Earth who ran an EPS recycling campaign some years ago, and had a meeting with CM to discuss the possibility of organizing something along these lines, and to discuss how they can be involved in the restaurants side as well.
• To issue certificates of participation/recognition to environmentally friendly shops and restaurants.Salina design? and idea of degreesof ‘greenness’ perhaps- depending on how enthusiastically restaurants embrace eco changes?
• *What people can do right now:
– Voice out about not wanting food or drinks in Styrofoam.
– Start a BYO Container habit.
– Sign the petition or email in to support the campaign.

7) Community Education [Michele, Kate, Vicky, Betsy and All of us]
Key Objectives:
update pamphlets and banners for event use;need to get banners done so far on recycling onto website into a layout we can change with new information- Salina working on layout format. Could get a reprint of pamphlets and maybe change information and reprint on recycled paper. Can we put pamphlets at the ferry piers? Can we put banners up in lobbies that are introducing recycle bins and maybe at the ferry piers.
print wallet guides on different topics; Ideas from meeting would be the Clear The Air type business cards that ask to turn off idling engines and turn off or down air conditioning.Organic vegetables- the dirty dozen vegetables that absorb the most amount of pesticides and on the flip side the vegetables that absorb the least that you need not necessarily buy organic.
regular email articles and web updates; Michele, Kate, Anjali and Denise willing typists to transfer useful facts and tips from books etc to word format that we can use.
support Int’l Earth/Fair Trade Day with plaza day; Many volunteers will be needed for the dayDo you have a business that is truly eco friendly and fair trade. Do you belong to a green organization that could help spread the word by having a stand at this day. Then contact Maggie Hinch

8) Marina Club [Michele]
Key Objectives: all residents convert to eco-friendly boat wash and household cleansers by year end 2009

9) School Education Program [needs owner]
Key Objectives: educate school children on environmental issues. Contact established with Kate RIngrose from DBIS. Someone in DC needed. Possibly action through the PTA. Letter has been sent to schools. Kate W need to set up meeting with the DC to discuss what courses are being done in the usual syllabus and if we can help with any green projects.

10) Composting (Trish, Peter, Elspeth, Kate)
Key Objectives: to explore composting possibilities in DB. Questions for EPWG to address CM:We are still unclear as to the status of composting in DB. Can we find out the definitive answer of what exactly DB owns in the way of composting equipment and is it in use? This year we would like to introduce a trial of composting amongst one or two villages for maybe 6 households in each village. If we can get composting to work then we can think about making it more widespread the following year. Would be a great aim for DB if we could reduce our outgoing rubbish to the lowest in Hong Kong! DB Green could cover the cost of the bins I think- though may have to bring them from Australia.

11) Organic Farm:
Key Objectives: To explore the possibility of havingan organic farm where interested residents could have their own smallplot to grow plants. First issue is to find an area- probably a’greenbelt’ area. The second issue is HKR agreeing to it and how itwould be run. We have a detailed proposal to the renting and runningof the ground but would like to explore other community farms to seehow they run also.

12) Greening up our villages (needs an owner)
Key Objectives: Encourage DB Green members to get involved in their village’s decisions by becoming a member of the Village Owners Committee VOC (most elections held once a year) or writing to their village about green initiatives you would like to see (LED and CFL lighting, composting, better timing of lights, air-conditioning)

13) Disneyland Fireworks:
Key Objective: To find out if the fireworks are polluting the air and ground in DB and encourage Disney to change their method of firing to conform to American and European standards. At some point this year I think we should ask
DISNEY to continue following up on their fireworks method and thepollution caused and converting to the system used overseas thatdoesn’t cause pollution. Does City Management have the lastcorrespondence so we can reestablish the attention to the issue andwhat the plan was- as of a few years ago?

14) Flea Markets (Kate and whoever else I can rope into on the day)
Key Objective: To continue to develop the idea of buying second hand and reusing before throwing out. Currently every 3 months. Requires several volunteers to run successfully. Money raised goes to environmental projects.Volunteer on the day and bring down your unwanted treasures for reuse or donate to the Salvation Army who have a collection point on the day.

ONE-OFF PROJECTS (also needs volunteers)
A) Earth/Fair Trade Day: (Maggie) Aim: To showcase green companies and organisation’s in Hong Kong with a plaza day. Half the battle of living in Hong Kong is finding where businesses are- this day would be a way of finding out what is available.
B) Recycling Day: (Kate): Aim: To alert residents to the importance of recycling. A repeat of last years plaza day. In second half of year- maybe October again. Similar format as 2008 but with various improvements- give more educational short sharp speeches during event when audience around and in between listening to music. More general interaction throughout. Separate the kids prize draw from the adults prize draw (win once?) Volunteers for the day and preplanning of the stalls. School involvement.
C) Going Topless (Tracey): Aim- to alert residents to the toxic chemicals contained in the lids of coffee and encourage residents to have their coffee without lids, bring their own mugs and for coffee shops to reconsider using polystyrene lids
D) Bags for fusion (needs owner): Aim- To have a cage/ container in an accessible place near Fusion where excess bags can be placed for use when you are shopping in DB but have forgotten to bring your own bag. how many times are you forced to get a plastic bag from Fusion because you forgot to bring one- what if their was a cage full of clean bags in or near Fusion that you could use- explore this.
E) Junk mail (Kate): Aim: To reduce junk mail in DB by using a NO JUNK MAIL sticker for letter boxes, getting all villages to agree, issue one to each household and encourage it’s widespread use and consider a magazine rack with junk mail available so residents can choose if they want it.
F) Feng Shui Woodland sign: Aim- To give the area proper status, provide information and help people find it.WOuld like to get a sign for the entrance to the Feng Shui Woodland so residents can find the area easily and so it holds real status as a place in Discovery Bay. Probably on the left hand side of the concrete path and a style consistent with what onewould normally find in a conservation area. Wording to be decided…
G) Can be added to throughout year as projects arise.
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