Undoubtably one of the world’s most pressing crises is climate change, which is also a priority for universities all over the world.
In March, the University of Cape Town (UCT) Council made a decision to support the important Khusela Ikamva (Secure the Future) Sustainable Campus Project. Khusela Ikamva is a trans-disciplinary collaborative effort to set the university as a ‘Living Lab’ and maximise its reach and impact.
It is also a key enabler in transforming the institutional fabric of UCT to a more sustainable campus for collective innovation to reduce our ecological footprint and support the university’s environmental sustainability strategy.
This exciting project will see staff and students across all spheres of campus collaborate, seeing research evolve into implementation of real projects on campus.
We want each of you to pledge to become ambassadors for this important project and every effort we all make to become more sustainable. Sustainability is one of the key pillars of Vision 2030, which is about unleashing human potential to create a fair and just society.
I urge you to become an ambassador and pledge your support for the environmental sustainability project. In pledging your support, you will be demonstrating your commitment to addressing issues of sustainability on campus and building an environmentally friendly institution for all.
As each of you pledge to be ambassadors for this project, we want to give you the chance to wear your commitment with pride in one of our beautifully branded Vision 2030 t-shirts. The t-shirts were produced by local female-led manufacturers and provided important support for small entrepreneurs, giving them financial support during the current tough economic conditions.
All UCT staff will be able to collect an exclusive UCT Vision 2030 t-shirt. There are different sizes and styles to suit your preference, but stocks are limited.
For those that wish to make a donation to the project, this will be highly appreciated.
We hope you show your commitment to making UCT and our society more sustainable.
Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng
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