Adjunct Associate Professor, Division of Environment and Sustainability
Director, Sustainability/Net-Zero Office

Tel: (852) 3469 2206
Office: Room 2004A (Lift 4)


Davis Bookhart is the founding director of HKUST’s Sustainability / Net-Zero Office, which is responsible for implementing the university’s comprehensive sustainability master plan across operations, research, and academics. The Office houses the Life-Cycle Lab, as well as the Sustainable Smart Campus as a Living Lab initiative, supporting campus projects that demonstrate smart approaches to solve sustainability challenges. The Office’s signature project was Hong Kong’s largest solar energy installation, spanning more than fifty campus locations and generating revenue to support additional Office activities.  The Office also oversees an award from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charitable Trust to extend sustainability practices and support to all eight universities in the HK Sustainable Campus Consortium.

Bookhart also teaches classes on sustainability management and sustainability thinking, both of which develop skills and mental frameworks for solving complex 21st century problems.

Bookhart came to HKUST after eight years as founding director of the Office of Sustainability at Johns Hopkins University. Before joining Johns Hopkins, Bookhart was senior project director of the public interest group Consumer Energy Council of America where he lead a research team to analyze the intersection of energy and environmental policies. 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.

Highlighted Publications
  • “Sustainability:  Shifting Perceptions and Evolving Meanings,” book chapter in The Sustainable University: New Goals and New Challenges for Higher Education Leaders, (April 2012).
  • “Institutionalizing Campus-Wide Sustainability: a Programmatic Approach” with Julie Newman (Yale) and Shana Weber (Princeton); (June 2009) Sustainability, Journal of Record.
  • “Strategies for Carbon Neutrality,” (Feb 2008) Sustainability, Journal of Record.