The Durban University of Technology (DUT) Green Campus Initiative (GCI) recently participated in the 2019 Green Campuses Conference. This conference was held at the University of the Western Cape under the theme, “Role of the 4th Industrial Revolution in Higher Education”.
According to the DUT Department of Student Housing and Residence Life the GCI is a student led organization affiliated under the Department of Student Housing and Residence Life. It was launched in the University in August 2012 with the aim of creating an eco-friendly lifestyle in the institution. Its main objective is to reduce the high consumption of water and energy. It also participates in Recycling.
Various DUT representatives presented in the conference. Nhlakanipho Khumalo presented on the inclusion of the environmental sustainability programmes in the co-curricular: Best Practices of Green Campus Initiative (Workshop). Ayanda Msomi on Engaging the student voices: Lever towards the integration of the fourth industrial revolution in the University of Technology (Workshop), while George Makwakwa spoke about Sustainability at the Durban University of Technology (Institutional Presentation).
On the third day of the conference the delegates attended a Gala Dinner where awards on various categories were presented. The entrants were judged based on submitted portfolios of evidence including reports, images, motivations based on each category. DUT GCI dominated the awards and bagged the most important awards on the night.
DUT GCI took the second place as the Greenest Campus, and some of the DUT winners include: 2019 Greenest Student (Female) Thandeka Khumalo; 2019 Green Staff Member of the year: (Female) Miss Celiwe Chemane; 2019 Green Staff Member of the year: (Male)Mr Ntokozo Zulu; Certificate for Contribution to Capacity Development Mr Ntokozo Zulu and the 2019 Green Parliament Speaker Mr Ntokozo Zulu.
DUT GCI also participated on the Eco-Runway which was held on the day of the Gala Dinner. This is where institutions showcase garments they have made from recycled materials to continue stress the importance of reusing and recycling. Furthermore, this encourages entrepreneurship as well as provide exposure to upcoming designers.
This year’s conference saw the establishment of the Green Parliament. The house seats were constituted by the number of delegates per institution. DUT GCI Advisor, Ntokozo Zulu was elected as the first ever Speaker of the Green Parliament.
Pictured: Some of the members of the DUT GCI delegation at 2019 Green Campuses Conference.