Word: Students Tumelo Morapi and Lisa Bloss hold up the Green Residence Pledge.
As centres of knowledge development, universities should walk the talk.
In that spirit, UCT's Department: Student Affairs (DSA) launched the Sustainable Residences Project in the middle of the university's Green Week, when staff and students were being reminded to think and act green. The aim of the DSA project is to create awareness on sustainable living at residences, and moreover to make residence living sustainable.
After noticing a substantial increase in electricity and water bills at residences, the focus of the campaign will be on water and energy consumption. Waste management and general awareness will also be covered.
"What we are asking students is to consider making small changes in their behaviour, like taking short showers, switching off lights and computers when not needed, and eating fresh food," explains project co-ordinator Trevor McArthur.
Students, staff and service providers have been encouraged to sign a Green Residence Pledge, committing themselves to contributing to the campaign.
The initiative will culminate in a university-wide Sustainable Month in August.
"Contributing to the environment is contributing to us and the next generation," added Moonira Khan, executive director of DSA.
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