The Exhibition and Events Association of Southern Africa (EXSA) is proud to announce the launch of their 'Green Awards.'
Nobody is exempt from responsibility in our fast developing sustainable society. But if there’s one sector that has the lion’s share to contribute, it is probably the business world.
Miss Earth South Africa recently visited two schools in the Langa Township to teach the children about trees and help them plant 30 of their own in celebration of World Environment Week.
The world has finite resources and raw materials to supply us with. People are using these resources and degrading our environments faster than the planet can recover them. This threatens the promise of progress for future generations. This is why ensuring environmental sustainability is one of the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals.
Now that we know that it is possible for a car rental company to be super serious about their water and carbon footprints, what are they doing about their waste? Avis has invested significantly in the implementation of a comprehensive waste management programme throughout the business.
Biomass production in Mozambique. Smart chips for solar hot water panels. New ways of turning sewage into electricity. All interesting new inventions we enjoyed at the Viridis Africa conference, which was definitely worthwhile to attend and meet great minds helping us shape solutions to the impending climate crisis.
The pressure on today's business world is not solely economic. Increasingly environmental issues are playing a role on the global stage.
Greening up my own life, daily on the how-to-green search, I find amazing stuff. Greener cooking, lighting, toilet paper, cosmetics, body products, cleaning stuff, nappies, even sanitaryware, clothes, shoes, you name it.
South Africa has a very unique and complicated energy market. Traditionally, energy was very cheap in SA, leading people and companies to be wasteful. The cheaper energy is, the cheaper an energy efficiency intervention needs to be to make financial sense to a business.
As concerns about the economic impact of climate change grows, more and more businesses and individuals are getting the environmental message at last! Every action in our lives can stand scrutiny from an environmental perspective.
'Any company or government department that doesn't comply with the environmental laws could face bills amounting to billions of rands and might even be compelled to shut down.'
Have you ever wondered how factories would operate if they had environmental responsibility fully integrated into their functioning?
It seems an impossible dream for a car rental company to even consider becoming carbon neutral, when one thinks of the emissions for which its products are responsible on a daily basis.
Green meetings and events is just one of the responsible tourism topics which will be discussed by local and international specialists at the upcoming Environmental Management in Tourism (EMiT) Conference which takes place from 9-10 November 2011, at the Sandton Sun Conference Centre in Johannesburg.
It was a delight this morning to attend the opening of the innovative Woolworths 'greenest store yet' at the new Palmyra Junction shopping centre in Claremont, Cape Town. This funky green space is surely the greenest foodmarket in South Africa.
Only when organisations stop viewing sustainability as a destination, and start appreciating that it is an ongoing journey, will they recognise the responsibility they have to include as many fellow travellers as they can along the way.
Event greening is the process of incorporating social, environmental, responsible decision making into the organizing, implementation and participation of an event. It needs to make financial sense.
The South African government has given strong signals that the Country's energy intensity is no longer sustainable and has started to outline its low-carbon-economy vision.
The Ask Afrika Trust Barometer is the preferred local corporate reputation and trust benchmark. It is currently in its fifth year running, and is based on an expert panel of 200 telephonic interviews with CEOs, EXCO and senior managers reporting directly to the EXCO of JSE-listed companies.
Our capitalist economy, together with low education levels, create a huge rift in most organisations between good intentions or policies and shopfloor adherence. Many organisations today have environmental/sustainability policies in place, which give voice to the senior management's commitment to environmental responsibility.