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SA's first solar plant unveiled in Ekurhuleni

The City of Ekurhuleni showed its commitment to promote low carbon technologies when executive mayor, Mondli Gungubele officially unveiled the first and only solar plant in the country in Wattville, outside Benoni, on Friday.

The solar power plant, situated at the environmentally friendly OR Tambo Precinct, produces about 200 kW of electricity through 860 PV (photovoltaic) solar panels on 2,500 mý of land generating enough energy to power about 133 low cost houses.

Our streets are coming alive!

The City of Johannesburg has planned some great events for this October, which has been named Transport Month 2012. 

This Sunday sees the first “Streets Alive” event, in which certain roads in Orlando will be closed to vehicles but open to pedestrians and cyclists.

"That Digital Podcast" features Joburg Green Map

Tracy Frayne, one of the Joburg Green Map founding members

Joburg Green Map founding member, Tracy Frayne, was recently interviewed for "That Digital Podcast" on loosechange to talk about the map and changing people's behaviours.

The 10-minute podcast covers basic info about the Joburg Green Map, how it can be of benefit to communities and how people can get involved. Host Saul Kropman also enquired about how to change people's behaviour - to get people to 'go green'.

City developing future environmentalists

Eighty-seven unemployed Gauteng youths were given a window to the world of work on Friday September 21 when they attended a one-day orientation programme for an environmental learnership to be facilitated by the City of Joburg.

The successful candidates were selected for the year-long learnership, a brainchild of the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), from a total of 152 applicants. The programme, which seeks to attract young people to job opportunities in the environmental field, is offered in partnership with the Local Government Sector Education Training Authority.

Get down to the Green Expo this weekend

The Green Expo is back in Johannesburg this weekend and we highly recommend that if you’re even vaguely interested in anything to do with green and sustainability, you take a visit. 

Running from the 28th until the 30th September at the Sandton Convention Centre, the expo focuses on sustainability in all forms. Expect to find exhibitors promoting green building products, energy saving technologies, waste and recycling initiatives, eco-friendly cleaning products, eco-tourism and much much more.

Green your Heritage Day braai

Unofficially known as National Braai Day, Heritage Day is on Monday. But you knew that – and you’ve probably already planned to have a braai with some friends or family at some point over this long weekend. But have you considered ways that you could green your braai? We’d like to suggest a few minor adjustments that won’t spoil the fun, but will make it a little bit more eco-friendly.

Consider protein other than that chunk of steak.

Today is the day to start recycling!

Recycling, the last and probably most well-known step of the 3 R’s process of waste minimisation, takes centre stage today, Recycling Day SA.

The day is intended to increase awareness by educating the community about the social, environmental and economic benefits of recycling and to encourage all to recycle and to buy products made with recycled material.

Clean-up SA week

This week, 10 – 15 September, is Clean-up South Africa Week – an initiative by Plastics|SA which aims to encourage clean-up and recycling activities.

Also falling within this week, are Recycling Day SA on the 14th and International Coastal Clean-up on the 15th. While the latter doesn’t really apply to us folks up here in Joburg, both recycling and keeping our city clean most certainly do!

What you can do

International Vulture Awareness Day

The first Saturday of September every year is observed as International Vulture Awareness day by the Birds of Prey Programme of the Endangered Wildlife Trust, its partners and associates including provincial conservation bodies and several other NGOs involved in vulture research and conservation in South Africa. 

The purpose of this day is to create awareness of the continued plight of all vulture species and to highlight the work done by conservationists to monitor populations and implement effective measures to conserve these birds and their habitats.

Welcome to the Joburg Green Map!

We’re about to change how you see Joburg! No longer content with Joburg just being ‘the place of gold’, we’re mapping out the city from a green perspective, giving you a great tool to make greener lifestyle choices and more informed decisions about living sustainably.

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