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Monday, 28 July 2008

The Green Team promotes environmental awareness


With the help of a group of environment-savvy students, CPUT is on the path to becoming one of the most environmentally friendly higher education institutions in the country.

The “Green Team – Olympic Re-cyclists” is the latest student organisation to join the extensive list of active organisations at the University. Headed up by Anette Grobler from Student Affairs, the organisation’s main aim is to increase environmental awareness among students and staff at CPUT.

The group, which boasts a membership of 29 students, has wasted no time since its launch in February, and to date has hosted several workshops and even embarked on an environmental awareness trip to Madagascar during the recent university holiday.

During workshops students discussed various environmental issues relating to CPUT campuses and the implementation of initiatives to increase awareness around these issues.

Grobler said that during workshops students mooted the idea of implementing environmental friendly footnotes attached to all student and staff e-mails.

Messages such as “Before you print this email, think about the number of trees used for the paper you are printing on,” are just one of several ideas students are looking at in a bid to increase environmental awareness.

Other issues highlighted at recent meetings include reducing staff and students’ carbon footprints on CPUT’s five main campuses.

Grobler and the 29 members of the group are positive that students and staff can make a difference to CPUT and its broader environment by implementing small changes to their daily routines.

Grobler said reducing daily printing and switching off appliances when not in use, are just some of the changes students and staff can implement to ensure a healthy environment.

By Tasneem Tagodien, Marketing and Communication Department

Photograph: Student Affairs staff member Annette Grobler and members of the Green Team arrive in Madagascar for an environmental workshop.

Written by CPUT News