Recycling the Non-Recyclable - Innovative “eco-construction” Technique

©The EcoBrick Exchange

The EcoBrick Exchange, a nonprofit organization focused on recycling and education, is partnering with the World Design Capital.

The community uplift project has developed a way to construct buildings by using donated plastic bottles as bricks.

Better Living Challenge

With applications opening at the end of January 2014, this is an update on how the 110% Green's Better Living Challenge has taken shape.

The objective of the 110% Green’s Better Living Challenge is to improve living conditions, especially in low-income households, by facilitating the concept-to-market value chain for home improvement products and services.

The Challenge

The Better Living Challenge will go beyond focusing on product and service design to include promotion, e

Vote for Cape Town and vote for a sustainable future powered by renewable energy #welovecapetown

Capetonians can now start voting to show the world why Cape Town should be named the world's most loveable sustainable city #welovecapetown

Cape Town has been selected as a finalist city in the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) ‘We Love Cities’ campaign as part of the Earth Hour City Challenge.

The Mother City has been selected from among 163 entrants from 34 cities and 14 countries.

UCT Summer School Gears Up

UCT Summer School classes start this week and I look forward to attending two classes addressing environmental issues.

Check back in seven days time when I will have posted blogs about “Financing Southern National Parks” and “Can Renewable Energy Save Us?”  I am hoping the answer is “yes," but I’m refraining from being too optimistic!
Below you will find a quick synopsis of both classes.

Da Vinci Exhibition Enhanced by Setting

In association with World Design Capital, Da Vinci: The Genius, inspired by the artist’s inventive design ideas, is at the V&A Waterfront until February 9.   

Douglas here – back for my second blog posting on the beautifully showcased gallery that is mostly composed of detailed mini creations designed, but never constructed, by the famous Renaissance artist.  The work is displayed at the Chavonnes Battery Museum, and it’s magnificent.  The Da Vinci exhibition is great, too.

Redfins a Conservation Story

Redfin minnows (genus Pseudobarbus) are a unique and threatened group of freshwater fish found in the Cape Floristic Region (CFR) at the south-western tip of Africa.

As the name implies, their fins glow bright red, particularly at breeding time, and males develop strange white conical growths on their noses (called tubercles) to help attract a mate.

Incredibly, these fish also produce clicking sounds that echo through their silent watery worlds, presumably to warn other fish to keep clear of their territories.

Red Bus Tour Gets the “Green” Light

Arriving in Cape Town is overwhelming.  Fear not, the Red Bus Tour offers itself as a tour guide for “first timers,” as well as return visitors wanting a quick refresher course.

Depending on your place of departure, landing in Cape Town likely spells either a significant change in climate, time zone, or both.  Just like surfers at Muizenberg Beach, travelers can delay the onset of jetlag by riding a wave of adrenaline until the inevitable crash.  

A Vital Human Rights Issue

Climate change and drought (photo THINKSTOCK)

Denialists’ disdain for science is a vital human rights issue, observes David le Page in Business Day (14 January 2014).

The public debate about climate change is an aberration because we do not have debates in newspapers about the validity of medical science, physics, aeronautics, geology or genetics. So what is different about climate science?

Cape Town no 1 of 52 Places to Go in 2014 – New York Times

Table Mt and Cape Town, Samantha Reinders for The New York Times

"Nice to see this! Congrats on all your great work!" writes Wendy Brawer, Director and Founder of Green Map.

Cape Town is number 1 in the New York Times report titled 52 Places to Go in 2014, and its World Design status is highlighted.

Witness a city in transformation, glimpse exotic animals, explore the past and enjoy that beach before the crowds.

Traffic and Street Lighting Retrofit Program

Retrofit with Light Emitted Diodes (LEDs)

All City traffic lights have been completely retrofitted with light emitted diodes (LEDs).

The City of Cape Town implemented a Traffic and Street Lighting Retrofit Program through the DoRA (Division of Revenue Act) Municipal Energy Efficiency Demand Side Management (EEDSM) program.

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