Prof. Davis Bookhart
Davis Bookhart joined HKUST in August 2013 to develop the university’s first comprehensive sustainability master plan (the HKUST 2020 Sustainability Challenge), which has since been revised and updated with goals and targets through 2028. Focusing on four key challenge areas – operations, education, demonstration, and community networks – Bookhart serves as the steward of the Plan’s implementation. He also serves as secretariat for the Sustainable Smart Campus as a Living Lab initiative, is Chair of the Task Force on Sustainability Progress within the HK Sustainable Campus Consortium, and serves as Advisory Board member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Bookhart teaches classes on sustainability management and sustainability thinking, both of which train aspiring students the skills and mental framework for solving complex problems in the 21st century.
Bookhart came to HKUST after eight years as the director of the Office of Sustainability at Johns Hopkins University. As founding director, Bookhart built the office to focus on integrating students and faculty into campus sustainability projects while embedding sustainability into campus operations, policies, and procedures. Before joining Johns Hopkins, Bookhart founded Charm21 – Clean and Healthy Air through Renewables in Maryland – a non-profit group advocating the use of renewable fuels in the Baltimore region, and was senior project director of the public interest group Consumer Energy Council of America. In 2008 Bookhart was appointed by Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon to the city’s first Sustainability Commission. Bookhart holds a master’s degree in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a master’s of American Literature from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.