Keeping cool

This week, we are keeping our cool.

Only a few days ago, we were wishing for sunshine and you must have been also wishing because it returned this morning in full force and it is hot out there.

With more people recognizing the importance and economics of consuming less energy, it is puzzling to wander through Hong Kong streets and pass shop after shop with doors wide open and air conditioners running full blast. Some of our buildings are even designed without doors, making it impossible to contain the cooling energy.

Ecozine shows us green buildings are trendy but it would appear energy management in Hong Kong is still some mythical concept. Imagine opening shop doors or constructing buildings without external doors in a sub-zero winter and it becomes obvious that some logic is missing here. Whether heating or cooling, we are wasting the same energy in the name of comfort.

Rising prices are linked to increasing energy costs, yet we find local businesses willing to pay a higher electric bill to attract customers with open doors while complaining about rising costs. Perhaps we can learn some things about managing our energy and recognize the opportunities of living in a location with an abundance of sun and wind and waves.

I like to imagine little things like solar panels on top of all Hong Kong ferry piers, generating sufficient energy to run the electronic signs and maybe even the lights and fans. It’s a small thing but one thing I know about small things is that many small things add up to one big thing.

What is your cool little thing?


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Business the natural way – August 26-28 at HKCEC

Now in the second year, Natural & Organic Products Asia is the premier business event for the natural and organic industry to engage and promote natural, sustainable and healthy lifestyles, natural and organic products. Following the success of last year, the Asian edition has established in Hong Kong to facilitate continued growth of the natural and organic industry in Asia. The event is a regional trade platform with more than 100 local and international exhibitors connecting with buyers from around the region. Open to trade and invited guests, the expo will be held at Hall 3DE, HK Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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The Dogstar Academy Awards

Advance tickets now on sale for HKDR’s annual gala fundraiser

Gather your Extreme Hollywood finest and join Hong Kong Dog Rescue for their Annual Fundraising Gala Dinner from 6pm until late on Saturday 19 September 2015 at the Aberdeen Marina Club. The primary goal of the Dogstar Academy Awards is to raise one million dollars to support ongoing daily operations and to help us save more lives. Event sponsorship is now available and donations are welcome for auction, lucky draw and table prizes. Advance booking is available until July 31 at HK$1,888, 2 tickets for HK$3,600 or HK$19,800 for a table.

QUICK LINK : HKDR Gala Fundraiser
CONTACT : Hong Kong Dog Rescue (Gala Event Team)
WEBSITE : Hong Kong Dog Rescue


Events in Hong Kong this week

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28 (7:30pm) Mindfulness Practice | The Healing Centre of Hong Kong
29 (6:15pm) Mindfulness for Beginners | IMI
29 (7pm) Divorce and Separation | Shakti Healing Circle
29 (10am) Women in Their Power | Michelle Harris
29 (7:30pm) Dinner at Ah Sin Vegetarian | Meat Free Hong Kong
30 (9am) Sustainable Business Essentials Workshop | CSR Asia
30 (6:30pm) Quantifying Your Green Success | Business Environment Council
31 (12pm) Solar and Energy Storage | CanCham
31 (8pm) Blue Moon Party | Urban Health


1 (6-8pm) Ancestral Healing Journey | All About You Wellness Centre
1 (8am) Awake Yoga | Isofit
3 (6-9pm) Creativity in Asia | Style by Asia
3-8 (9am) Hong Kong Young Leaders Program | Global Institute for Tomorrow
4 (10am-1pm) Kids Meditation Summer Camp | Michelle Harris
4 (7:30) Dinner at Joyous Vegetarian | Meat Free Hong Kong

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Garden House Pre-School and Playgroup – Waldorf inspired pre-school and kindergarten > details
Little Yogis – Kids & Pre-Natal Yoga Teacher; Promoting yoga and healthy diet > details
Vitalhealth – Treating adults and children with chiropractic and acupuncture > details
Paul Fong – Chiropractor & TCM; Chiropractic and traditional Chinese medicine > details
Vivid Living – Design Consultant; Consulting on personal well-being and sustainability > details
House of Health – Online training institute for clinical nutrition and functional medicine > details

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