Eco-Logic Awards 2017: South Africa’s Eco-Heroes

The Eco-Logic Awards identify individuals, organisations and communities that positively contribute towards a sustainable world – and encourage consumers to purchase their products and services.

The Enviropaedia established the Annual Eco-Logic Awards in 2011. These have since grown into South Africa’s most Glamorously Green eco-calendar event, receiving extensive TV, radio, print media and online coverage.

Each year, we invite the public to nominate their Eco-Champions, highlighting how they contribute to an ‘Eco-Logically’ sustainable society and environment. There are 13 environmental categories  to enter.

A team of highly respected, environmentally-aware individuals then judge all entries using 7 criteria that are the ‘roots’ of Eco-Logic, and select finalists in each category. Finalists are invited to join an exclusive group of Green VIP’s and thought leaders at the  Eco-Logic Awards Gala event. Guests are encouraged to dress in Glamorously Green or Alter-Eco Ego outfits.

The event starts with a lively networking session, culminating in the crowning of South Africa’s top eco-champions. One of the highlights is the announcement of the winner of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, as selected by The Enviropaedia, in consultation with partners.

Charne BlignautThis year the Awards took place at the CSIR in Tshwane on Wednesday 14 June, and honoured individuals and organisations who are contributing to a sustainable future. Pictured left is Charne Blignaut, winner of the Eco-Youth Award in her upcycled outfit made from instant cappucino packets and soda can tabs at the glamorous event, which was a highlight of Sustainability Week.

In his opening address, Enviropaedia editor and host of the event, David Parry-Davies said, “For those who will be accepting these awards tonight, you are our very own eco-heroes who look at the environmental challenges in our world as opportunities to pioneer solutions and achieve sustainable growth. Your contributions are of paramount importance in developing the green economy and green jobs in our country and we honour you with this token of our appreciation.”

Guests came dressed in their gorgeously green attire. The best dressed was Dr Michelle Henley Head Researcher at Elephants Alive! and Craig Spencer, Founder of Black Mamba’s Anti-Poaching Unit who won luxury safari holidays at White Elephant Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal.

Each award winner was honoured on stage for their remarkable efforts as eco-logical individuals and organisations.

The Gold award winners for each category included:

1.     The Biodiversity Award (sponsored by Sun International): Local Action for Biodiversity: Wetlands South Africa.

2.     The Climate Change Award (sponsored by the Department of Environmental Affairs): Simply Sustainable.

3.     The Eco-Innovation Award (supported by the City of Tshwane): Solar Veranda.

4.     The Energy Efficiency Award (sponsored by Eskom): Hot Spot by AET Africa.

5.     The Recycling and Waste Management Award: Reliance Compost.

6.     The Transport Award (sponsored by SANRAL): Bicycles and Beyond.

7.     The Water Conservation Award (sponsored by Coca-Cola Beverages SA): Water Explorer by WESSA.

8.     The Green Economy Award (sponsored by NCPC-SA): GreenCape Sector Development Agency by GreenCape.

9.     The Municipalities Award (sponsored by Santam): Atteridgeville Recycling Park by City of Tshwane.

10.  The Eco-Community Award (sponsored by CHEP): Umgibe Farming Organics and Training Institute.

11.  The Eco-Youth Award: Charne Blignaut of CB Scientific

12.  The Eco-Angel Award (sponsored by Pam Golding Properties): Nonhlanhla Joye of Umgibe Farming Organics and Training Institute.

13.  The Eco-Warrior Award (sponsored by SodaStream): Lorraine Jenks of Hotelstuff / Greenstuff.

“I feel so honoured that my hard work has been acknowledged and celebrated; I hope to inspire other young people to take action in protecting our eco-systems. Together, we can make a difference and positively influence our future,” says Charne Blignaut of CB Scientific, and winner of the Eco-Youth Award.

“The calibre of winners is truly impressive, from the interactive water saving mission of Water Explorer who won the gold award in the Water Conservation category, to the incredible innovation of Solar Veranda, winner of the Eco-Innovation Award; they have all inspired us,” concludes Parry-Davies.

Enviropaedia would like to thank all the sponsors who sponsored the Eco-Logic Awards 2017, these include CHEP; the City of Tshwane; Coca-Cola South Africa; David Green Eyewear; the Department of Environmental Affairs; Mico IT Recycling; National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC); Eskom; Pam Golding Properties; SANRAL; Santam; Sodastream and Sun International without whom the event would not have been possible.

Keep up to date with the annual Eco-Logic Awards by visiting the website http://www.enviropaedia.com and find out more on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Enviropaedia) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/EcoLogicAwards).

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