ECO-LOGIC AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Following a nail-biting month or so for finalists, the Eco-Logic Awards ceremony for 2013 took place on Thursday, 26 September at Maropeng in the Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng. I am proud to announce that Mary Honeybun of Breadtags for Wheelchairs came a close second to SANCCOB CEO, Margaret Roestorf. Well done, Mary. You make us proud!

 

Hosted by The Enviropaedia, in association with SABC3, the glittering event focuses on Eco-Logic – a mindset and value system that goes beyond products and manufacturing to include how we run our businesses; how we live in society and our communities and the application of natural law to our politics and economy. The following category winners personified these values.

 Ken Horn and Sonia Anderson were among the best dressed guests awarded at the Eco-Logic Awards. Ken won a Canon camera set and Sonia a diamond from De Beers.Photo credit: Miona Janeke

Ken Horn and Sonia Anderson were among the best dressed guests awarded at the Eco-Logic Awards. Ken won a Canon camera set and Sonia a diamond from De Beers.Photo credit: Miona Janeke

 

Water Conservation Award (sponsored by Rand Water)

Hotel Verde – claiming the title of “Africa’s Greenest Hotel”, Hotel Verde is harvesting and saving water on all fronts.

 

Energy Saving Award (sponsored by SMA Solar Technology South Africa)

Pick n Pay – Pick n Pay’s ambitious energy efficiency initiatives target both operational and behavioural changes and these have achieved an impressive 8.7% improvement in energy usage during the past year.

 

Recycling Award (sponsored by Collect-a-Can)

GreenOffice – greenABLE is a non-profit company that employs previously disadvantaged persons with physical disabilities to dismantle printer cartridge waste into their recyclable components. This process enables them to enables them to earn a salary whilst gaining work experience and furthering their education through AET and learnerships. greenOffice was instrumental in the establishment of greenABLE, the first and only facility in Africa to have a recycling solution for printer cartridge waste.

 

Biodiversity Award (sponsored by Exxaro)

The JNF Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre – a centre that serves as a resource of learning for the community and schools of Mamelodi. The centre hosts demonstrations of best practice on important environmental themes including Biodiversity, Water, Energy and Waste – to educate and mobilise learners from schools and the broader community to actively participate in active change towards a more sustainable environment.

 

Climate Change Award (sponsored by Paarl Media)

Coca Cola SA – has completed building its new filling plant in Heidelberg for the water brand, Valpré. The office block achieved Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification in 2012 and in March 2013, the production facility achieved Silver status. The plant boasts the lowest Environmental Impact in Africa.

Municipalities Award (sponsored by Santam)

George Municipality – the municipality does not only strive to deliver excellent quality services to its residents, but to do so in a sustainable and environmentally sensitive manner. George has received numerous environmental awards in recent years and aims to be a leader in the field of sustainable city management.

 

Youth Award (sponsored by Pick n Pay)

Birches Pre-Primary Eco School – The Birches is a small Eco-school in Pinetown.  Struggling financially over the years; the school made a determined effort to become environmentally self-sustainable. The environmental initiatives implemented at the school have included; recycling; water harvesting and re-use; food gardens and fruit forests.  Whilst it has taken 20 years of ongoing dedicated and intelligently applied effort, in an exercise done recently in Grade R; the students confirmed that as a result of all the work done, they can now live on the premises comfortably and sustainably as if it were an island – for the rest of their lives.

 

Eco-Angel Award (sponsored by ACSA)

Margaret Roestorf SANCCOB – As CEO of the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB), Margaret talks penguins, gannets, cormorants, pelicans, petrels and albatrosses. Wherever she goes in the world she warmly encourages people to support marine conservation projects that protect and conserve these precious seabirds and the marine environment they depend on.  Her committed and dedicated efforts bring conservation dollars and euros into Southern Africa, and her enthusiastic interaction with conservationists and governments around the world is successfully raising the profile of these highly threatened birds.

 

Eco-Warrior Award (sponsored by RISO)

Jeunesse Park Food & Trees for Africa – a visionary ecopreneur and change agent who started Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) in 1990, which since then has distributed 4.2 million trees, facilitated the development of thousands of natural food gardens, several bamboo plantations and organic farms for disadvantaged communities. Jeunesse’s pioneering vision and leadership has also included: Introducing Permaculture to South Africa, lobbying for and contributing to the inclusion of urban forestry, urban agriculture and Permaculture in South African government policy, envisioning and enabling the first online South African carbon calculator and motivating the first bamboo programme registered for carbon offset under the Verified Carbon Standard in 2011.  Jeunesse is also the founder of the Carbon Protocol of South Africa and the Climate Change Leadership/Climate Hero Awards. As a dedicated and tireless eco-warrior, Jeunesse is also currently a Climate Leader, Mentor and African Branch Manager for Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project.

 

Eco-Innovation Award (sponsored by Standard Bank)

Era Architects – House Jones – An Island Home: The house is a carefully designed energy efficient system to create comfort both inside and outside harnessing its natural environment and climate. It mediates between the indoor and outdoor environments with planted “green bubbles” of space.  It supplies its own water and recycles all its waste. A comprehensive energy strategy using solar thermal, PV, and gas ensure independence.

 

Eco-Community Award (sponsored by SABC3)

Usizo Thuso Community Centre – The aim of Usizo Thuso Community Centre is to create a sustainable living for the people of Lawley. They take a holistic approach to wellbeing and address the need for sustainable livelihoods by developing their bio energy farmers and supporting local agro processing to ensure local economic development.

 

Transport Award (Sponsored by Toyota)

FindaLift – FindaLift encourages and enables South Africans to make better use of cars by providing simple online tools that securely matches members on similar routes, making carpooling easy to arrange.

 

Says David Parry-Davis, editor of The Enviropaedia and co-host of the Eco-Logic Awards: “The entries this year were of a very high quality and it was a tough judging process to decide on a winner for each category. The 2013 Awards included new categories (such as the Municipality category), networking events and sponsors and we are growing at a faster pace than we initially envisaged. We are proud to be part of this thriving Eco-Logic community and look forward to 2014.”

 

David Parry-Davies, Editor of The Enviropaedia on stage during the Eco-Logic Awards. Photo: Bernie Martins

David Parry-Davies, Editor of The Enviropaedia on stage during the Eco-Logic Awards. Photo: Bernie Martins

Says Dr John Hanks, who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award: “One of my current preoccupations is the identification, nurturing, mentoring and encouraging the conservation champions and leaders of the future. The Eco-Logic Awards are the type of awards that call attention to some of the great work underway to promote the message that environmental conservation is not a luxury, but instead a vitally important prerequisite for building a sustainable future for South Africa.   I am honoured to be a part of an Eco-Logic mindset that is obviously, if these Awards are anything to go by, being adopted by a growing number of individuals, businesses and organisations. I thank them for the award, but more so, for being part of highlighting the importance of changing the way in which we relate to and work with the very environment that we depend on for our quality of life and survival.”

  From left to right: Miss Earth princess Thobile Mchunu, and Mpho Tshitangoni, Director: Land Remediation from the Department of Environmental Affairs with Dr John Hanks, who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Eco-Logic Awards 2013. Photo: Bernie Martins

From left to right: Miss Earth princess Thobile Mchunu, and Mpho Tshitangoni, Director: Land Remediation from the Department of Environmental Affairs with Dr John Hanks, who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Eco-Logic Awards 2013. Photo: Bernie Martins

 

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About The Enviropaedia:

Established in 2000, The Enviropaedia was one of South Africa’s very first ‘green’ publications and directories that is dedicated to educating and motivating individuals and businesses to live and work in a more socially and environmentally, sustainable manner. This is achieved through four focal areas: Networking, Knowledge building, Creating Bridges of Co-operation and the ‘Ethical Consumer Campaign’.

 

The Enviropaedia motivates and empowers individuals and businesses to make conscious use of their consumer spending power and to become ‘ethical consumers’ by buying goods and services from organisations that are committed to a path of increasing their social responsibility and reducing their environmental impact.

 

The Enviropaedia book is supported by an online version www.enviropaedia.com and a lifestyle guide www.eco-logicalliving.com.

 

The Enviropaedia Eco-Logic Awards:

The Eco-Logic Awards was first launched in 2011 to extend the influence of The Enviropaedia publication, websites and the ‘ethical consumer’ campaign. The awards identify and give recognition to those individuals, organisations, products and services that are making a real and measurable difference in creating a more sustainable world to live in.