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Post Date: 04-November-2016
Staff Professional Development Day on 28th October 2016

The Second Annual Staff Professional Development Day was held on Friday, 28th October, 2016, with the dual aim of enhancing the teachers' knowledge of current environmental problems and strengthening their understanding of global conservation issues.

The teaching staff was divided into two groups: one visiting the Shatin Community Green Station in Shek Mun, and the other, the Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. 

At the Shatin Community Green Station, the group of 55 teachers learnt about how waste, such as used glass bottles and discarded electrical appliances, is collected, sorted and distributed to licensed recyclers, as well as the station's partnering organisations which run educational recycling workshops. The visit ended with a workshop, where the teachers were taught how to make small coin bags out of discarded plastic banners.

The other group of 31 teachers first had a guided tour in the Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change, which features a permanent exhibition tracing the history of global climate change and detailing its impact on nature and humanity. The indoor visit was followed by an outdoor eco-tour around the university's lotus pond with a focus on its surrounding vegetation. As with the other group, a workshop was arranged and our teachers had hands-on experience of making an eco-enzyme detergent.

The two visits have undoubtedly provided the teaching staff with up-to-date information and practical insights, which will prove useful for their classroom teaching on the subject of environmental protection and conservation.