CEEAA 20th Anniversary Symposium
“Development vs Conservation: Is Engineering a Solution?”
Saturday, 5 December 2015 (9:00am – 5:00pm)
Chiang Chen Studio Theatre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Co-organisers: Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Association (CEEAA) and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong, like other metropolitan cities, is developing by leaps and bounds over the decades. Rapid regional development provides an impetus to cross-boundary linkage and connectivity. Infrastructures and housing are put in place in an unprecedented momentum. While fast societal development is a sign for prosperity, it is criticized as an enemy to environmental conservation. The dilemma of development versus conservation has long been a controversial issue in the engineering profession around the world. Engineers take the pivotal role of mobilizing natural resources for raising the living standard of human beings. Under the theme of sustainable development, engineers put forward practical engineering solutions to balance social, economic and environmental developments. Today, environmental sustainability is a key consideration in formulating government policies and implementing engineering projects. This aims to conserve our precious natural capital in parallel with societal development. Trendy moves like low carbon construction, energy efficient production, pollution free transportation, environmentally friendly land and housing supply play a dominant part in the engineering practice including planning, design and construction. This one-day Symposium is the highlight event for celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Association (PolyU CEEAA). In collaboration with the PolyU Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, a theme of “Development vs Conservation: Is Engineering a Solution?” is adopted to tally with the focus of these two co-organisers. This Symposium brings together various stakeholders including government, project developers, consultants, academics and research institutions and engineering experts to explore the role of engineering in resolving the dilemma of balancing development against conservation. The Symposium consists keynote speeches by top government officials, academic and legislative councilor. Prominent speakers are invited to discuss the role of engineering in a wide spectrum of projects ranging from public housing and infrastructure development, strategic planning and development as well as eco-friendly innovation.