South Africa’s eco-heroes

This year’s Eco-Logic Awards, hosted by The Enviropaedia, was a celebration of the visionaries and innovators who are finding solutions to our most pressing environmental challenges. The Awards took place at the CSIR in Tshwane last night and honoured individuals and organisations who are contributing to a sustainable future. Pictured above is Charne Blignaut, winner of the Eco-Youth Award in her upcycled outfit made from instant cappucino packets and soda can tabs at the glamorous event, which was a highlight of Sustainability Week.

In his opening address, Enviropaedia editor and host of the event, David Parry-Davies said, “For those who will be accepting these awards tonight, you are our very own eco-heroes who look at the environmental challenges in our world as opportunities to pioneer solutions and achieve sustainable growth. Your contributions are of paramount importance in developing the green economy and green jobs in our country and we honour you with this token of our appreciation.”

Guests came dressed in their gorgeously green attire. The best dressed was Dr Michelle Henley Head Researcher at Elephants Alive! and Craig Spencer, Founder of Black Mamba’s Anti-Poaching Unit who won luxury safari holidays at White Elephant Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal.

Each award winner was honoured on stage for their remarkable efforts as eco-logical individuals and organisations.

The Gold award winners for each category included:

  1.     The Biodiversity Award (sponsored by Sun International): Local Action for Biodiversity: Wetlands South Africa.
  2.     The Climate Change Award (sponsored by the Department of Environmental Affairs): Simply Sustainable.
  3.     The Eco-Innovation Award (supported by the City of Tshwane): Solar Veranda.
  4.     The Energy Efficiency Award (sponsored by Eskom): Hot Spot by AET Africa.
  5.     The Recycling and Waste Management Award: Reliance Compost.
  6.     The Transport Award (sponsored by SANRAL): Bicycles and Beyond.
  7.     The Water Conservation Award (sponsored by Coca-Cola Beverages SA): Water Explorer by WESSA.
  8.     The Green Economy Award (sponsored by NCPC-SA): GreenCape Sector Development Agency by GreenCape.
  9.     The Municipalities Award (sponsored by Santam): Atteridgeville Recycling Park by City of Tshwane.
  10.     The Eco-Community Award (sponsored by CHEP): Umgibe Farming Organics and Training Institute.
  11.     The Eco-Youth Award: Charne Blignaut of CB Scientific
  12.     The Eco-Angel Award (sponsored by Pam Golding Properties): Nonhlanhla Joye of Umgibe Farming Organics and Training Institute.
  13.   The Eco-Warrior Award (sponsored by SodaStream): Lorraine Jenks of Hotelstuff / Greenstuff.

“I feel so honoured that my hard work has been acknowledged and celebrated; I hope to inspire other young people to take action in protecting our eco-systems. Together, we can make a difference and positively influence our future,” says Charne Blignaut of CB Scientific and winner of the Eco-Youth Award.

“The calibre of winners is truly impressive, from the interactive water saving mission of Water Explorer who won the gold award in the Water Conservation category, to the incredible innovation of Solar Veranda, winner of the Eco-Innovation Award; they have all inspired us,” concludes Parry-Davies.

Enviropaedia would like to thank all the sponsors who sponsored the Eco-Logic Awards 2017, these include CHEP; the City of Tshwane; Coca-Cola South Africa; David Green Eyewear; the Department of Environmental Affairs; Mico IT Recycling; National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC); Eskom; Pam Golding Properties; SANRAL; Santam; Sodastream and Sun International without whom the event would not have been possible.

Keep up to date with the annual Eco-Logic Awards by visiting the website http://www.enviropaedia.com and find out more on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Enviropaedia) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/EcoLogicAwards).

Eco-Logical leaders, innovators and achievers to be celebrated at the Eco-Logic Awards 2017

South Africa’s leading individuals, organisations and communities will once again gather to celebrate the foremost innovations and achievements of the green industry at the annual Eco-Logic Awards ceremony, hosted by Enviropaedia on Wednesday, 14 June 2017 at the CSIR in Tshwane. The key focus of the Awards is to honour and promote the country’s pioneers in sustainability who strive to solve our most pressing and urgent environmental challenges.

The Eco-Logic Awards 2017 gala ceremony will be a bonanza of glamorously green ideas and innovation. Guests can look forward to hearing about the positive strides made in a diverse range of environmental challenges including biodiversity, climate change, energy efficiencies, transport and water to name a few. Radio personality, Africa Melane will be the master of ceremonies. Finalists and winners will be recognised and honoured by environmental thought leaders, celebrities, sponsors, top business executives, government, municipal and community representatives.

David Parry-Davies, editor of The Enviropaedia and driving force behind the Awards says, “We are amazed and delighted by the calibre of entries that we have received for this year’s Awards, and seeing the great strides individuals and corporate South Africa have made in creating a more sustainable future for us all! Yet again, we have received high-quality entries from corporates, municipalities, environment and development organisations, communities, SMMEs, and committed individuals.”

The award ceremony takes place as a highlight of Sustainability Week, which runs from 13 to 15 June 2017. Sustainability Week is one of the key events to look forward to during National Environment Month this June. “We are proud to be a part of such a fantastic event and are excited to use the opportunity to showcase sustainable innovations and practices in South Africa,” says Parry-Davies.

To add to the buzz and show that ‘Going Green’ is a cool, fun, fashionable and financially rewarding thing to do, guests and finalists are invited to dress in ‘Glamorously Green’ outfits, or more boldly as their ‘Alter-Eco-Ego’, displaying how they connect with nature as an Eco-Warrior or Eco-Angel. “The best dressed will receive exciting, glitteringly green prizes including eco-watches, luxury safari holidays and chic eco-fashion garments,” says Parry-Davies.

An independent panel of ecologically knowledgeable judges will evaluate the entries, including: Christy Borman, Editor of Earthworks Magazine; Rob Collins, Group Chief Strategy and Operations Officer of Sun International; Yolan Friedmann, CEO of the Endangered Wildlife Trust; Sanusha Govender, Sustainability Group Manager at Santam; Kevin James, Founder and Head of Strategy at Global Carbon Exchange; Africa Melane, host of the Weekend Breakfast Show on CapeTalk; Charles Moore, an award-winning environmental filmmaker; Zaitoon Rabaney, Executive Director of the Botanical Society of South Africa; Tlou Ramaru, Chief Policy Advisor: Sustainable Development at the Department of Environmental Affairs; Ndivhuho Raphulu, Director at the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa; Catherine Ritchie, Marketing and Communication Manager at WESSA; and Anthony Stroebel, Group Marketing Director at Pam Golding Properties.

“The level of innovation in the green space continues to delight and inspire us all and we are looking forward to an evening packed with examples of amazing people and organisations doing wonderful things to drive us forward to a flourishing future eco-logical world,” concludes Parry-Davies.

The Eco-Logic Awards 2017 is proudly sponsored and supported by: CHEP, the City of Tshwane, Coca-Cola South Africa, David Green Eyewear, the Department of Environmental Affairs, Mico IT Recycling, National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC), Eskom, Pam Golding Properties, SANRAL, Santam, Sodastream and Sun International.

For more information on the Eco-Logic Awards 2017, please visit: http://www.eco-logicawards.com. They are also on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Enviropaedia) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/EcoLogicAwards).