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Campaign events focus on green buildings, design books and volunteer visits
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     To promote green building development and boost public understanding of green living, the Construction Industry Council and the Hong Kong Green Building Council have jointly launched Hong Kong Green Building Week 2013.

     A series of programmes will be held from September 7 to 14 to promote green buildings and encourage people to develop an environmentally friendly lifestyle. The programmes are highlight activities of the "Hong Kong: Our Home" Campaign.

     In the morning of September 7, 58 students will join the Green Building Tour to visit the first zero-carbon building in Hong Kong, ZCB in Kowloon Bay. In the afternoon, another group of 40 students will visit Hysan Place in Causeway Bay and Holiday Inn Express Hong Kong SoHo in Sheung Wan.

     Hysan Place and Holiday Inn Express Hong Kong SoHo have received the BEAM Plus Platinum rating for implementing environmental solutions in the buildings' construction to reduce energy consumption and facilitate recycling. The tours will broaden students' understanding of green features in buildings and sustainable development in Hong Kong.

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     Another event organised as part of the Green Building Week is Biz-Green Dress Day on September 10. The objective is to raise public awareness of maintaining an optimal indoor temperature so as to reduce electricity consumption, and ultimately to lower carbon footprints.

     On the event day, working people, especially white-collar staff, are encouraged to put the Biz-Green Dress Code into action by wearing lightweight business clothing to the office.

     Programmes for Hong Kong Green Building Week 2013 can be found at www.hkgbc.org.hk/HKGreenBuildingWeek2013/?page_id=17&lang=en.@

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     From September 7 to October 5, the Hong Kong Design Centre will hold a series of activities for an event entitled Hong Kong Design Book Mart to promote books on design by Hong Kong designers. The main venue is the PageOne Bookstore at Times Square in Causeway Bay.

     The organiser has recommended about 100 design books in Chinese and English for promoting the diversity of Hong Kong designers' creative works.

     Another key part of the Hong Kong Design Book Mart programme is a competition. From now until September 22, members of the public will have the opportunity to win prizes when they share views on the theme "read design, be inspired" on a Facebook page. The messages should be less than 50 Chinese characters or 50 English words in length.

     The top three entrants in the Student Category will each receive a $300 book coupon, while the winners in the Open Category will each receive one-year PageOne VIP membership. The winner list will be posted on Facebook on September 30.

     On September 21, local designers will speak at two seminars. At the first seminar, architectural designer Mr Barrie Ho and interior and branding designer Mr Clifton Leung will speak on their fields of expertise.

     At the second seminar, a former principal of the Hong Kong Design Institute, Mr Alex Fung, and a writer of several publications on sustainable living, Ms Leila Chan, will speak on the application of design as part of a sustainable lifestyle.

     To reserve seats at the seminars, please visit the website at www.hkdesigncentre.org/dbookmart/. For enquiries, please call 3793 8407.

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     As the September 19 Mid-Autumn Festival approaches, community centres and volunteers are working together to share the festive spirit with the elderly.

     The Pok Oi Hospital Chan Ping Memorial Neighbourhood Elderly Centre will hold the Mid-Autumn Carnival with Elders on September 6 at Tin Fai Road Community Hall in Tin Shui Wai. The event will include fun games, a quiz and another competition.

     Tickets are now available for the elderly at the centre, which is located on the third floor of the Ancillary Facilities Block in Tin Wah Estate, Tin Shui Wai. Elderly participants with tickets will receive a gift on the event day. For enquiries, please call 2478 1930.

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     Volunteers from the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Wong Tai Sin District Elderly Community Centre will celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with elderly people living alone in the district in an event entitled Caring for the Elderly in Mid-Autumn Festival 2013.

     On September 7, volunteers will take mooncakes to the elderly and help them reconnect with people in the neighbourhood. Later, on September 14, the volunteers will visit elderly persons living in the Lok Fu area. The organiser plans to conduct visits to 1,200 senior citizens in total.

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     On September 8, the Sheng Kung Hui Holy Carpenter Church District Elderly Community Centre will host Meet at Hung Hom for Mid-Autumn Festival, a celebration event for 80 elderly people living in the surrounding area.

     The event, to be held at the elderly centre at 1 Dyer Avenue, Hung Hom, is supported by volunteers from the Land Registry and the Hong Kong Police Volunteer Services Corps. They will sing from Cantonese operas for the elderly and present a dance performance and a magic show. The elderly participants will receive a gift pack to take home.

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     All these events support the "Hong Kong: Our Home" public participation campaign, which aims to inject positive energy into society, foster social cohesion and promote care, mutual help and solidarity in the community.

     More than 220 Partner Organisations have so far pledged support for the Campaign.

     Altogether, the Government and Partner Organisations are organising more than 1,000 events/activities under the four supporting themes of the Campaign from the end of April to the end of December this year.

     Full details of the Campaign can be found on the website www.hkourhome.gov.hk.

Ends/Sunday, September 1, 2013
Issued at HKT 11:00

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