Environmental Sustainability

Sustainability Committee Projects

The committee focuses on sustainable interventions and initiatives in the following categories:

  • Recycling
  • Food waste
  • Water conservation
  • Biodiversity
  • Sustainable food
  • and

Reduction of electricity consumption.

Recycling

Although a reduction of resources is our primary goal, in the meantime, paper, cardboard, plastic and tins are collected by a local recycling company, assisting in a small way with local job creation.

In addition to large-scale collection of recycling, the committee is starting an eco-brick filling and collection project.  They hope to support two local communities that use eco-brinks to make furniture.  Filling eco-bricks also reduces landfill by compressing plastic and non-recyclable material and ensuring that it does not blow out of the rubbish dump.

Food Waste

The committee tracks food waste per house and tries to reduce this waste. Recently bins have been placed next to the food waste containers for non-food waste so that this doesn’t have to be removed from the food waste scraped off plates.

Water Conservation

Water is a particularly pertinent issue in Makhanda with much of the town without adequate water supply.  Boys in the houses are encouraged to take shorter showers and the boys in some houses are in the habit of collecting water in the showers in buckets to flush toilets in the house to reduce water use.  The committee is looking into other ways to save water in the houses and to motivate all boys to be responsible and mindful in their use of this precious resource.

Biodiversity

A project is underway to germinate and grow indigenous trees to plant when they are established.  This is a long-term project.

Members of the Committee who are part of Interact have been involved in alien tree clearing outings to surrounding land.

Sustainable Food

A team of committee members put together a proposal for the establishment of an aquaponics project.  Due to large start-up costs, unreliable water supply and the holidays that we enjoy, this is not been implemented, but the process of putting together the proposal was valuable experience for the boys.

The Community Engagement Committee has a vegetable garden which the Environmental committee hopes to help with a compost heap.

Reduction of Electricity Consumption

Conventional lighting across the campus is being replaced by energy saving bulbs, as bulbs are replaced. There is also a proposal in process to install motion sensor lights in corridors and bathrooms in houses to avoid lights being left on unnecessarily.