The Go Green@DUT project, an initiative seeking to promote social responsibility as well as the adoption of a sustainable solution to the waste management problem at DUT is set to kick off next week (30 July 2012).
Dr Poovie Reddy, Community Health Studies HOD said the project was initiated because of concerns from staff and students about the serious problem of litter as well as the lack of recycling at the University. Through the DUT Vice-Chancellor and Principal; Professor Ahmed Bawa and Alan Khan; the Director of Corporate Affairs at DUT, a task team was formed to address the concerns.
Dr Reddy, Graham Barratt; Environmental Health Studies Senior Lecturer, George Mdlozini; Environmental Health Studies lecturer, Praveen Singh; Facilities manager, Deven Reddy; InvoTech Manager and Janet Downward; DUT Webmaster are part of the task team.
The initiative will be piloted at the Ritson Campus and Steve Biko Campuses. It will be evaluated at the end of the year before being rolled out at other DUT campuses. Environmental Health students, who were instrumental in the designing of the posters and the carrying out of a situational analysis, assisted with the groundwork for the initiative.
One of the important elements of the Green@DUT project will be the submission of an anti-litter and recycling pledge by staff and students. The pledge will be available online. A list of people who have dedicated themselves to this pledge will be published.
“We want to promote recycling and a pride and responsibility in our DUT environment by using education and pledges. Most importantly, we want to increase student involvement in this process”, said Dr Reddy.
The project will kick off with the submission of pledges on Monday (July 30). On Tuesday (31 July), “Open Week”, which will include the placing of recycling stations at strategic points on the two participating campuses will commence ending on Friday August 3 2012.
The recycling stations will be on use from July 31 and will remain to improve awareness and encourage proper disposal of waste. “A concerted clean-up campaign will take place on Thursday (2 August) from 10am to 11am. We appeal to lecturers to give your students at least some time off the class to participate. Staff is also urged to participate”, said Dr Reddy.
Pledge your support to help keep the Durban University of Technology clean at http://www.dut.ac.za/go_green
– Nomvula Sikakane