Connecting, Nurturing, Creating for Sustainable Environment

Designing Buildings for A Zero Waste Hong Kong (Rescheduled to 26 May 2020)
Event Date: 26 May 2020
Event Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Venue: BEC Auditorium, G/F, 77 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong
Contact: Ms Jill Chow
Telephone: 2784 3942

In a high-density vertical city, building design plays a large role in reducing waste. Architects in New York City led the development of Zero Waste Design Guidelines for new and existing buildings to help the city reduce waste. Now leaders in sustainable design from Hong Kong, Singapore and NYC are collaborating to share design strategies, case studies and policy suggestions that can help high density cities reach zero waste goals. Come hear architect Clare Miflin, who led the NYC process, in discussion with leaders of sustainable design in Hong Kong, as we begin this collaborative project.



Ms Clare Miflin
Founder, Center for Zero Waste Design

Clare is an architect and systems thinker with experience designing buildings to the highest environmental standards. At Kiss + Cathcart, Architects she helped develop their concept of “productive” architecture – which provides human, ecological and economic benefits by integrating systems - from solar panels to hydroponics - into architecture.

Clare led the development of the AIANY Zero Waste Design Guidelines through a multidisciplinary collaborative process. The Guidelines serve as resource and inspiration for architects and developers to help cities reach their zero waste goals, and are being disseminated and implemented through the Center for Zero Waste Design. Clare has also founded a consultancy – ThinkWoven – to develop strategies to weave urban systems into ecosystems.

Clare is Co-chair of the AIANY’s Committee on the Environment; a board member of BiomimicryNYC, a member of NYC’s Living Building Collaborative and Sustainability Coordinator for her local food cooperative.




Dr Amie Lai
Senior Sustainable Development Manager, Swire Properties

Dr Amie Lai is the Senior Sustainable Development Manager of Swire Properties. She is responsible for formulating and executing the Company’s Sustainable Development (SD) 2030 Strategy. Her work involves developing waste management strategies and action plans to promote circularity and achieve Swire Properties’ 2020 and 2030 waste diversion targets, as well as developing the ESG framework for Swire Properties’ first US$500 million green bond and HK$500 million sustainability-linked loan, aligning the Company’s efforts to support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and working on emerging areas of sustainability, such as Climate-related Financial Disclosures, science-based targets, and sustainable procurement. Her passion, experience and leadership have led Swire Properties to be listed in two internationally-recognized sustainability indices and benchmarks, namely Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) and Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB): “Global Sector Leader” in 2017, 2018 and 2019. She is a Chartered Environmentalist and Engineer, BEAM Professional, and LEED Accredited Professional.



Ir Dr Cary Chan
Executive Director, Hong Kong Green Building Council

Ir Dr Cary Chan, JP is a professional engineer and is currently the Executive Director of Hong Kong Green Building Council with the vision of driving the green building agenda for Hong Kong.

Cary is regarded as an expert on building energy efficiency by the industry. He pioneered “Knowledge Based Energy Management “ in Hong Kong back in the late 90s . Using existing buildings as living laboratories, Cary has carried out a lot of researches relating to the enhancement of building energy efficiency. Up to now Cary has published over 25 papers sharing his knowledge with the industry. A number of his work have won international awards, which includes Client of the Year - Low Carbon Operation Award by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers in 2010.

Last year, Cary initiated a Memorandum of Collaboration to promote retro-commissioning in the Greater Bay Area together with 6 other signatories including the Government and Tsing Hua University.

Cary played a key role in establishing Hong Kong’s Green building assessment tool back in 1995. Since then he has been playing a leadership role on sustainable buildings within Hong Kong and abroad.



Ms Fiona Sykes
Associate, Arup

Fiona is an Associate with Arup in the East Asia Resource and Waste Management Team. She is based in Hong Kong and has been working in Hong Kong, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines.
Fiona is a chartered waste manager and a specialist in resource and waste management and co-ordination of multi-disciplinary design projects. She has extensive experience of resource and waste management in Hong Kong and South East Asia with clients such as potential investors, developers, development banks and governments. 
Within Arup, Fiona is a member of the SDG working group and circular economy skills network which focus on embedding sustainability and circularity more deeply within projects. She is also a member of the Circular Economy Advisory Group at BEC. Outside work Fiona advocates low waste and low environmental impact activities.


Mr Sung Lee
Director – Architecture / Design, M Moser Associates

Sung has over two decades of experience in architecture from concept design through the construction phase, in over 35 cities and 10 different countries. His projects are of various types and scales: from urban master-planning, campus planning, R&D facilities, healthcare facilities, educational facilities, residential complexes, high-rise offices and mixed-use developments. At present, his main focuses are large scale and complex project that requires more sophisticated design integration between strategic planning, architecture, interior and sustainability. He is also a qualified professional in sustainable design, a LEED AP since 2003. His KTPH Hospital project in Singapore was the first ‘Green Mark Platinum’ building in the country and has received several awards.



Mr M.K. Leung
Director of Sustainable Design, Ronald Lu & Partners

M.K. is an award-winning architect and laureate of the first Singapore Institute of Architects-Uniseal G-Architect Award in 2014, a director of HKGBC since 2016, Panel Chair of Site Aspects of Technical Review Committee of BEAM Society Limited and a member of Green Building Faculty of HKGBC since 2012.  He is highly recognized for his specialized knowledge and integrated design skills in sustainable building design for his projects, including high-performance new buildings, green retrofit of existing buildings, sustainability master planning and research.

His projects include CIC ZCB, the first zero carbon building in Hong Kong; the new Chai Wan campus for the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) which was honored with the Special Architectural Award – Architectural Sustainability of the HKIA Annual Awards 2018/19; and research studies for the government.



Mr Simon Ng
Director – Policy & Research, Business Environment Council

Mr Simon Ng is Director – Policy & Research of Business Environment Council. He is responsible for BEC’s work on policy advocacy, thought leadership development, and collaborative research on various environmental issues that BEC focuses on. Trained as a geographer, Mr Ng is known for his ground-breaking work on ship emissions inventory in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta in which his collaboration with the shipping industry led to the launch of the Fair Winds Charter. He is also well regarded for his research and engagement work on walkability.
Mr Ng has over 20 years of experience in academic/policy research, project management and stakeholder's engagement. Before joining BEC, he was Chief Research Officer of a leading independent public policy think tank and was a visiting scholar of a top university in Hong Kong.
Mr Ng is also a member of many professional bodies of transport & logistics and environmental management. Internationally, Mr Ng is an Expert Member of the UNCRD Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport Forum in Asia since 2006.


Date:   [Rescheduled] 26 May 2020 (Tuesday) 
Time:   4:00p.m. – 6:00p.m (Registration starts at 3:40p.m.)

Venue: BEC Auditorium, G/F, 77 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong

BEC Members

Council Members: HK$160
Corporate Members: HK$170
General Members: HK$180
Affiliate Members: HK$180

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Non-BEC Members                                                       HK$400               
Members of Supporting Organisations HK$220

AIA HK members will receive 2 LUs/HSW for attending the seminar.

Please fill in the ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM to reserve your seat(s). Successful registrations will be notified separately. For enquiries, please contact Ms Jill Chow (T. 2784 3942 | E.

Payment Details
-By Cheque:
Please send a crossed cheque made payable to “Business Environment Council Limited” to the following address: Business Environment Council Limited, 2/F, 77 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong, Attn.: Ms Jill Chow.
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‘Zero Waste Design Guidelines for High Density Cities’ research is supported by Design Trust Feature Grant




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