NMMU George celebrates Green Campus Week: 19 – 23 September 2011

Following the success of the first ever Green Campus Week introduced at NMMU George Campus last year, students are pulling out all the stops to ensure that this year’s event which runs from 19 to 23 September exceeds all expectations.

“The event is a platform for student awareness across faculties and age groups on sustainability as well as a week filled with fun to celebrate our small wins in terms of achieving a truly green campus at NMMU George” says Bianca Currie, Lecturer in the School of Natural Resource Managementat Saasveld. 

“This year’s event specifically aims to generate support for the newly established student-driven Green Campus Forum; to raise awareness about environmental degradation which includes alien invasive species and pollution; as well as the George campus recycling programme” she said. 

An action-packed programme has been designed to achieve both student support and action around sustainability, while offering an excellent opportunity to Environmental Education and Communication students from the School of Natural Resource Management to put theory into practice and to share this with their peers. 

The programme for the week includes an expo of existing conservation/sustainability-related programmes and activities on the campus and various fun items that draw attention to particular issues. These include a fashion show, featuring outfits made from recyclable materials; a box-cart race with vehicles made from recyclable materials; a pledge wall for students to pledge their support for current activities and policies; a music concert showcasing student talent and a variety of competitions including paintball, green goo recycle pool and trolley races to name a few. 

Clearing of Alien vegetation in and around the campus by all students in the School o fNatural Resource Management will take place throughout the week. 

Although the event is primarily internally oriented, members of the public, learners and other interest groups are welcome to visit the campus, especially on Friday, 23 September which is the culmination of most of the activities, including a live broadcast from the Campus by community radio station, Eden FM (11:00 – 14:00) . Students will be providing information on particular issues of importance to them and the sustainable development of the campus. 

For more information contact the Green Campus Forum by sending an e-mail to: georgegreen@nmmu.ac.za  

Students at NMMU George campus have established the Green Campus Forum to actively promote the campus’ “green agenda”. The forum is focused on providing a platform for the student voice on sustainability issues at the George Campus and promoting student initiatives and activities related to the Green Campus Initiative. The Committee that leads the forum consists of (from left to right) Mfundo Majola (Spokesperson), Aneri Vlok (Chairperson), Nondumiso Myataza (Vice Chairperson), Keegan Padyachee (Secretary) and Willness Oosthuizen (Treasurer / Accountant).

Lecturers Corli Coetzee (seated), Richard Muller (left) and Stefan Hattingh developed a taste for speed at last year’s Green Campus Week. This year a trolley race, fashion show, paintball and a number of other fun-filled events have been added to the interesting mix of events – all aimed at getting across key Green Campus messages.

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