Hosted by Enviropaedia, in association with SABC3, the Eco-Logic Awards ceremony for 2013 took place on Thursday, 26 September at Maropeng in the Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng.
The event focuses on Eco-Logic - a mindset and value system that goes beyond products and manufacturing to include how we run our businesses, how we live in society and our communities and the application of natural law to our politics and economy. All category winners personified these values.
Says David Parry-Davis, editor of Enviropaedia and co-host of the Eco-Logic Awards: "The entries this year were of a very high quality and it was a tough judging process to decide on a winner for each category. The 2013 Awards included new categories (such as the Municipality category), networking events and sponsors and we are growing at a faster pace than we initially envisaged. We are proud to be part of this thriving Eco-Logic community and look forward to 2014."
Congratulations goes to the following winners:
Water Conservation Award (sponsored by Rand Water) Hotel Verde - claiming the title of "Africa's Greenest Hotel", Hotel Verde is harvesting and saving water on all fronts.
Energy Saving Award (sponsored by SMA Solar Technology South Africa) Pick n Pay - Pick n Pay's energy efficiency initiatives target operational and behavioural changes and have achieved a 8.7% improvement in energy usage during the past year.
Recycling Award (sponsored by Collect-a-Can) greenOffice - was instrumental in the establishment of greenABLE, a non-profit company employing previously disadvantaged persons with physical disabilities to dismantle printer cartridge waste into their recyclable components.
Biodiversity Award (sponsored by Exxaro) The JNF Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre - a centre that educates and mobilises learners from schools and the broader community to actively participate in active change towards a more sustainable environment.
Climate Change Award (sponsored by Paarl Media) Coca Cola SA -The new filling plant in Heidelberg for the Valpré brand achieved Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification in 2012 and in March 2013, the production facility achieved Silver status. The plant boasts the lowest Environmental Impact in Africa.
Municipalities Award (sponsored by Santam) George Municipality - the municipality strives to deliver excellent services to its residents in a sustainable and environmentally sensitive manner and aims to be a leader in the field of sustainable city management.
Youth Award (sponsored by Pick n Pay) Birches Pre-Primary Eco School - The Birches is a small Eco-school in Pinetown which has succeeded in becoming environmentally self-sustainable.
Eco-Angel Award (sponsored by ACSA) Margaret Roestorf - As CEO of the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB), Margaret's efforts bring conservation dollars and euros into Southern Africa and her interaction with conservationists and governments around the world is successfully raising the profile of these highly threatened birds.
Eco-Warrior Award (sponsored by RISO) Jeunesse Park - a visionary ecopreneur and change agent who started Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) in 1990, Jeunesse is also the founder of the Carbon Protocol of South Africa and the Climate Change Leadership/Climate Hero Awards. Jeunesse is also a Climate Leader, Mentor and African Branch Manager for Al Gore's Climate Reality Project.
Eco-Innovation Award (sponsored by Standard Bank) Era Architects - For House Jones - An Island Home: The house is a carefully designed energy efficient system harnessing its natural environment and climate.
Eco-Community Award (sponsored by SABC3) Usizo Thuso Community Centre - The aim of Usizo Thuso Community Centre is to create a sustainable living for the people of Lawley by developing their bio energy farmers and supporting local agro processing to ensure local economic development.
Transport Award (Sponsored by Toyota) FindaLift - FindaLift encourages and enables South Africans to make better use of cars by providing online tools that securely matches members on similar routes.