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HK Electric Promotes Green Living with Low Carbon Bazaar

12 Feb 2012

It was a dream come true. A learning experience. A time of creativity. A green moment. Happiness. Smart Power. Even a special Valentine's Day gift.

All these and more came together at Southorn Playground today (12 February) at the Low Carbon Bazaar where over 50 kinds of DIY low carbon products designed and produced by students from 21 secondary schools went on sale with proceeds going to charity.

The occasion also provided the students with learning experience – running their own green business, with $3,000 seed money per school provided by HK Electric, while the company's young engineers also acted as mentors for school teams.

The bazaar is one of the major activities of the company's Smart Power Campaign to promote a low carbon lifestyle in the community and to provide students with Other Learning Experience.

HK Electric General Manager (Public Affairs) Ms. Mimi Yeung, said that many of the low carbon products sold at the bazaar were made from recycled materials collected by the schools through campaigns. The products include shopping bags made from old clothing, lampshades decorated with pull-rings of soft drink cans, mobile phone chains made out of computer keyboards as well as folders converted from used promotion banners.

A Valentine's Day eco-candle set is available to those in search of something unusual for the special occasion. Another unusual touch came from some ethnic minority students who turned out hand-made products from coconut shells etched with distinctive national features.

Ms. Yeung added: "These products demonstrate an excellent combination of students' creativity and their passion in support of green. It is encouraging that the event has been well received by the education sector as students take the opportunity to serve the community by practising green and sharing information with others."

Students' involvement in the bazaar also enables them to learn from each other and respect individual differences in problem-solving, following fruitful exchange between students and our engineers," she added.

Co-organised with the Education Bureau and the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) (Electrical Division), the proceeds of the bazaar will go to support activities of WWF-HK and Friends of the Earth (HK).

Ms Yeung said: "HK Electric is delighted to help students realise their low carbon dreams. We are also very happy to see public support for the bazaar. 'Be Green, Be Happy' is the theme for Smart Power Campaign 2012, so we are happy to see students and members of the public getting together to act green and to share in the happiness."

"At HK Electric, we also have some happy green news to share," Ms Yeung added, explaining that the solar power system at Lamma Power Station will be expanded during the year while the wind monitoring station at the site for the proposed offshore wind farm will soon be operational.

Following the launch of Smart Power Campaign 2012, a series of activities will be held during the year. These will include competitions, roving exhibitions, school talks, Open Days at Lamma Power Station and Lamma Winds. Schools will also be invited to join in a school network to encourage green actions among students.

(From left) Deputy Chief Executive of The Conservancy Association, Mr. Rico Wong; Head of Department of Electrical Engineering of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Professor Ho Siu-lau; Immediate Past Chairman of Electrical Division, HKIE, Mr. Geoffrey Chan; HK Electric’s General Manager (Public Affairs), Ms. Mimi Yeung; Senior School Development Officer (HSC), Education Bureau, Mr. Victor Kwok; Member of Central and Western District Council, Mr. Chan Chit-kwai; HK Electric’s General Manager (Corporate Development), Mr. T.C. Yee, kick off Smart Power Campaign 2012.

(From left) Deputy Chief Executive of The Conservancy Association, Mr. Rico Wong; Head of Department of Electrical Engineering of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Professor Ho Siu-lau; Immediate Past Chairman of Electrical Division, HKIE, Mr. Geoffrey Chan; HK Electric's General Manager (Public Affairs), Ms. Mimi Yeung; Senior School Development Officer (HSC), Education Bureau, Mr. Victor Kwok; Member of Central and Western District Council, Mr. Chan Chit-kwai; HK Electric's General Manager (Corporate Development), Mr. T.C. Yee, kick off Smart Power Campaign 2012.

Ms. Mimi Yeung (left) appoints artiste MC Jin as Smart Power Campaign ambassador for the second year in a row to help promote green messages among students and the general public.

Ms. Mimi Yeung (left) appoints artiste MC Jin as Smart Power Campaign ambassador for the second year in a row to help promote green messages among students and the general public.

A group photo of all guests and representatives from participating schools.

A group photo of all guests and representatives from participating schools.

Managing Director of HK Electric, Mr. Tso Kai-sum (centre) and Mrs. Tso bring home some towel-made products in support of students’ call to use towels instead of tissue paper.

Managing Director of HK Electric, Mr. Tso Kai-sum (centre) and Mrs. Tso bring home some towel-made products in support of students' call to use towels instead of tissue paper.

Po Leung Kuk Lo Kit Sing (1983) College, is awarded the “Best Low Carbon Booth” for their products made of used plastic banners.

Po Leung Kuk Lo Kit Sing (1983) College, is awarded the "Best Low Carbon Booth" for their products made of used plastic banners.

CMA Choi Cheung Kok Secondary School is named the “Best Marketing Strategy Booth”. Their “Low Carbon, Modern Lamp” featuring pull-rings from tin cans is one of the best-sellers in the bazaar.

CMA Choi Cheung Kok Secondary School is named the "Best Marketing Strategy Booth". Their "Low Carbon, Modern Lamp" featuring pull-rings from tin cans is one of the best-sellers in the bazaar.

The “One Person One Vote, the Best Low Carbon Booth” award goes to Holy Trinity College which sells coin purses, pencil cases and Octopus card holders made from soft drink packets.

The "One Person One Vote, the Best Low Carbon Booth" award goes to Holy Trinity College which sells coin purses, pencil cases and Octopus card holders made from soft drink packets.

A catwalk performed by students from St. Clare’s Primary School wearing their own DIY green costumes.

A catwalk performed by students from St. Clare's Primary School wearing their own DIY green costumes.

The Power Assets Band supports the bazaar with their thematic songs and music.

The Power Assets Band supports the bazaar with their thematic songs and music.

The Wind Turbine Model Design Contest organized by HKIE (Electrical Division) helps students enhance their knowledge of renewable energy.

The Wind Turbine Model Design Contest organized by HKIE (Electrical Division) helps students enhance their knowledge of renewable energy.