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Six projects approved for funding under Sustainable Development Fund
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The following is issued on behalf of the Council for Sustainable Development:

     Six projects, including initiatives for building a sustainable community and promoting sustainable practices and energy-saving behaviour, have been approved under the Sustainable Development Fund to promote public awareness and the principles of sustainable development, the Chair of the Education and Publicity Sub-committee under the Council for Sustainable Development, Mrs Miranda Leung, said today (August 26).

     These six approved projects show a clear integration of the key sustainable development elements, including community and stakeholder engagement as well as other aspects related to environmental awareness and corporate social responsibility, and will last from five to 24 months involving a total amount of around $6.4 million to be granted by the Fund. This is the 10th round of applications and a total of 65 proposals have been received so far.

     The six approved projects are:

* "A Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment on Denim Garments - Guidance for Consumers" by the Clothing Industry Training Authority, for a period of 18 months with a grant of $1,130,200.

* "Conserve Our Resources When Young" by Drama Gallery Limited, for a period of five months with a grant of $399,050.

* "Community Mushroom Growing Project" by the Food Education Association, for a period of 12 months with a grant of $494,520.

* "Southern District Sustainable Development Education Programme" by the Warehouse Teenage Club Limited, for a period of 24 months with a grant of $1,340,950.

* "Energising Kowloon East: Sustainable Development of Made in Hong Kong Project" by Hulu Culture Limited, for a period of 24 months with a grant of $1,515,600.

* "Upcycling the Tai Po Community Project" by the Hong Kong Federation of Women's Centres, for a period of 18 months with a grant of $1,481,440.

     Details of the above projects, as well as projects previously funded by the scheme, can be accessed on www.susdev.gov.hk.@

     "We believe that these projects will become models for wider dissemination of the sustainable development message and for creating a greater impact on various sectors of the community. They will also help to sustain the momentum of efforts by various stakeholders and non-government organisations in promoting sustainable development," Mrs Leung said.

     The $100 million Fund was set up by the Government in 2003 to support community initiatives promoting the concept of sustainable development. Including this round of applications, a cumulative total of 57 projects have been approved for grants from the Fund, involving a total amount of some $55.7 million. The Fund will be open for the next round of applications in the last quarter of 2013. Applications from interested organisations and stakeholders as well as individuals are welcome.

Ends/Monday, August 26, 2013
Issued at HKT 14:30

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