Just hours prior to the arrival of the Prince of Wales at UCT on Saturday 5 November, the university formally introduced its new African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) and its director and pro vice-chancellor for climate change, Professor Mark New, to the media. The ACDI is envisioned as a “multi-disciplinary, cross-university research, teaching and outreach programme that will address the challenges that climate change presents for Africa’s economic, political, social and natural environment”, New explained.
Looking ahead: The Prince of Wales spoke just hours after UCT had formally unveiled its new African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI), which aims to harness university and (ultimately) continental expertise to address issues of climate change and sustainable development. Far right, next to VC Dr Max Price, sits Dr Max Price, the university’s first Pro Vice-Chancellor for Climate Change.
The birth of the world’s seven-billionth resident, marked symbolically on 31 October, offered a timely backdrop to the talk by the Prince of Wales at UCT earlier today, 5 November.
From installing meters and retrofitting lights, to conserving certain areas and incorporating ‘green star’ features into buildings, UCT is making significant strides in creating an environmentally friendly institution.
The green star rating is a tool developed by the Green Building Council of South Africa, based on the Australian Green Building Council tools, to provide the property industry with an objective measurement for green buildings. It also recognises and rewards environmental leadership.
Joining forces: GCI members who attended the Bluebuck summit were (from left) Richard Parker, Rivonia Pillay, Sam Lee Pan, Rirhandzu Marivate, Kate Pallett, Andrew McNaught, Dane Rossenrode and Nicolas Wiid.
UCT’s Green Campus Initiative (GCI) was a major player in the new BlueBuck Network’s first summit held at Rhodes University during the winter vacation. Established with the University of Stellenbosch’s EcoMaties and Rhodes University’s South East African Climate Consortium Student Forum, BlueBuck met to discuss future plans, and the forthcoming 17th annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to be held in Durban in December.