Monday, 18 June 2018 11:24

Campaigning for a water-wise university

While the university moves forward in its campaign to achieve water sustainability into the future, UCT students and staff continue with water-saving efforts of their own. 

Student society the Green Campus Initiative (GCI) has been pushing for the university to prioritise sustainability since its formation 10 years ago.

“Our vision is to have UCT a more sustainable and more environmentally conscious, aware and friendly institution,” explained chairperson Refilwe Mofokeng.

Their work in this endeavour is threefold, spanning advocacy, thought leadership and applied knowledge through hands-on work. But encouraging students to get involved in the ‘greenification’ of UCT is not always an easy task, Mofokeng noted.

“We can inspire; we can talk, but how do we activate?” she said.

While saving water has already been a major thread in the societyʼs 2018 activities, GCI is not directly involved in the university’s high-level efforts to decrease usage and encourage water sensitivity. Nonetheless, the society has been quick to get involved and to put forward the student perspective wherever possible.

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