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Nedbank extends green developments in Joburg

The recent announcement by Nedbank Corporate Property Finance that it has concluded finance agreements for two green building developments in Johannesburg brings to eight the number of green-star-rated buildings in which South Africa’s green bank has been actively involved in recent years. Nedbank either owns or occupies five of them as a sole or major tenant.

The two new green building projects are the A-Grade Lakeview development in Roodepoort and the Newtown Quarter Development in Newtown, Johannesburg. Both have been rated 4-star Green Star by the Green Building Council of SA.

SA signs global biodiversity protocol

South Africa has become the 12th country globally, and the first in 2013, to ratify the international Nagoya Protocol to protect the country's biological diversity and associated traditional knowledge.

The protocol is a legally binding agreement which sets out how countries can access each other's resources and how the benefits should be shared.

Green your Valentine’s Day

Ah Valentine’s Day! A time to show your love to that special person in your life. Roses, chocolates, teddy bears and champagne are the ‘standard’ fare to shower your loved one with, but these options seldom show much love for the environment.

We’ve put together a few more sustainable suggestions to help you show your love this Valentine’s – as always it focuses on natural, local, handmade and longer lasting options.

Celebrating World Wetlands Day

The 2nd of February is World Wetlands Day and this year is celebrated under the theme 'Wetlands and Water Management'.  The aim of the day is to draw attention to wetland habitats and the vital role they play in the environment and the human economy.

It’s a sad fact that about 50% of South Africa’s wetlands have already been destroyed or converted through draining, the building of dams, incorrect burning and overgrazing, invasive alien species, waste disposal, water abstraction, agricultural, urban development and inappropriate land management.

Green New Year resolutions

Welcome to 2013! Here’s to a year filled with greener choices and a more sustainable life! No doubt you have already made some new year’s resolutions, and we hope that some of them are green-related, but if not, here are 10 suggestions to get you onto a more sustainable path.

  1. Recycle more (or start!)
  2. Reduce your electricity, water and fuel use
  3. Eat less meat
  4. Only eat sustainably managed fish
  5. Buy more local, natural & organic products
  6. Stop buying plastic bottled water
  7. Remember to use your reusable grocery bag each time you go shopping
  8. Start a compos

Soweto gets a new park

Zola Eco Park, Soweto

On Wednesday 5 December 2012, Johannesburg City Parks unveiled its newest masterpiece in Soweto - the music themed Zola Eco-Park and pedestrian walkway - just in time for the summer school holidays.

The new R11.4m music-themed park situated on the corner of Maphumulo and Bendile Streets features playgrounds in the shape of saxophones, drums and guitars and fencing depicting music notes, celebrating the rich origins of ‘kwaito music’ in Zola.

Joburg City Parks scoops 1st Place Gold Award in Abu Dhabi

On the heels of being presented with the 2012 National Arbor City Award, Johannesburg City Parks scooped the prestigious 1st Place Gold Award and two additional Gold Awards at the UNEP-endorsed Liveable Communities Awards in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, UAE on Monday, 26 November 2012.

Johannesburg City Parks received special mention from lead judge Gus Stahlmann (USA) for its ‘Community of Parks’ projects, stating: “Johannesburg Parks represents a strong city-wide commitment to improving quality of life via parks which address wide-ranging needs.”

Midrand-based Vodafone centre wins top green award

Mobile communications company Vodacom was recently named Highest Scoring Green Star Project 2008-12 by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) for its Vodafone Site Solution Innovation Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg.

The building was awarded six stars for its water, energy and emissions efficiency by the GBCSA in October 2011, making it the greenest building in the country.

The six star rating is also referred to as "world class" by the GBCSA.

Gauteng gets it's first green school

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane has opened the province's first school built entirely from alternative construction technologies.

The state-of-the-art Orefile Primary School, which was officially opened on Tuesday, is set to dramatically improve learning conditions in Olievenhoutbosch, especially for learners enrolled at Philane Primary School, currently housed in a set of prefabricated structures.

Johannesburg City Parks wins Gold Award for the company doing most to protect the environment

Johannesburg City Parks was presented with yet another gold award at the PMR Africa Leaders and Achievers ceremony held on 5 November 2012.  City Parks scooped the gold award competing with the City’s top companies in the category of ‘the company doing the most to protect the environment’. 

The annual Professional Management Review (PMR) magazine hosts the awards in recognition of companies, institutions and individuals who have profiled Johannesburg as a growth point and potential investment hub for foreign and local developers and investors.

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