Tuesday 8 June 2010
As a sailing and rowing Club that values the world’s oceans and surroundings, we have a responsibility to do what we can to help protect our ocean environment
To that end, the Club has selected today, World Oceans Day to launch our Sustainability Vision and Principles.
These Vision and Principles will be reinforced by a number of best practices that the Club will adopt in order to ensure that our ongoing efforts move us in the right direction.
It is our hope that our continued activities will help ensure clean waters, safe beaches, and healthy marine life for generations to come.
As an institution that revolves around water, the RHKYC is committed to helping protect and conserve the marine environment. By supporting events related to marine environmental issues and promoting best practice amongst our members we will not only contribute towards reducing pollution but we will be enhancing the marine environment. By acting responsibly and proactively trying to minimise the club’s carbon footprint, we will also help reduce the club’s impact on the wider environment. In doing this, quite apart from being able to enjoy our sports in a better and cleaner marine environment, we will also be contributing to wider efforts to create a sustainable and less polluted future.
The RHKYC will become an acknowledged supporter of marine conservation, inspiring & educating members and the wider public to ensure we leave the sea and shore in a healthier condition than how we found it. Through our efforts to promote best practice and minimise our carbon footprint we will contribute to a more sustainable future.
All major capital projects must have a environmental impact assessment included as one of the selection criteria; steps should be taken to minimise any negative impact and efforts should be made to actively improve the club’s environment. Major capital projects should target to achieve Platinum/ Gold rating in the Hong Kong BEAM or in the US-based LEED environmental rating systems
Environmental concerns should be incorporated as one of the determining factors in all procurement processes
Wherever possible, the club will purchase from sustainable sources
Efforts will be made to recycle used materials wherever possible
Where it is not possible to reuse or recycle, the club will dispose of its waste in a more environmentally friendly way whenever cost is not a significant factor
Members will be encouraged to adopt ‘sustainable’ practices and make efforts to reduce their carbon footprints