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Nedbank Green Wine Awards – Honouring producers who conserve the winelands

Green Wine Awards Routemap

The Green Wine Awards also saw the launch of the new Nedbank Green Wine Winners Route in asociation with Cape Town Green Map.read more »

The Green Wine Awards, now in their eighth year and Africa’s only wine competition recognizes and honours wine producers who continue to play an integral role in the provision of ecofriendly wines, which embody farming for the future practices. The awards also seek to celebrate wine producers who are passionate about conserving the land while making greener, finer wines and lowering their carbon footprint.

Cape Town Green Map Congratulates Lumkani Fire Detection

Lumkani Fire Detection

Lumkani Fire Detection has been announced as one of the top 5 final winners for Chivas Regal’s search for the next big idea in social enterprise, The Venture.

Lumkani went head-to-head with 15 international contenders at the Herbst Pavilion in San Francisco and walked away with $75K (about R950 000) for their low-cost fire detection device.

Lumkani is a social enterprise that seeks to address the challenge of shack fires and to minimise the displacement of families in urban informal settlements in South Africa and across the globe.

“It's incredible to be selected as a finalist for The Venture among some of the brightest young entrepreneurs in the social enterprise sector. Being part of The Venture has been a brilliant journey which culminated in the accelerator week in Silicon Valley and now this win. We are very proud to represent Africa,” said Lumkani’s Managing Director, David Gluckman.read more »

Please Help Us Vote for Lumkani to Revolutionize Fire Prevention

Please Help Us Vote for Lumkani to Revolutionize Fire Prevention

The cape Town Green Map would like to offer its support! Plus, we will publish an in depth follow up blog next week! See the end of the article for details.

PLEASE HELP US WITH YOUR VOTE

Sixteen start-ups from across the globe with a mission to create positive change have been announced as finalists of The Venture, Chivas Regal’ search to find and support the most promising aspiring social entrepreneurs in the world.

The forward-thinking businesses, including Lumkani from South Africa, are competing to win a share of $1 million in funding from Chivas.read more »

11th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations In Cape Town

11th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations

Cape Town will proudly host the 11th Responsible Tourism in Destinations conference on 14 and 15 April 2015 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

11th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations (RTD 11) presents an opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved in Cape Town, South Africa and worldwide, to document good practices applied by different producer groups and to set the agenda for change for the next 10 years.

Conference discussions will focus on practical solutions that create prosperous and sustainable urban destinations, the responsibility of tourism producer groups and the partnerships that are needed to make it work. In addition, the conference will result in a Responsible Tourism Practitioner’s Guide to Realising Responsible Tourism in Destinations.read more »

Live Earth Climate Concert in Cape Town in June

Al Gore & Pharrell Williams

At Davos, Al Gore & Pharrell Williams announce global Live Earth Climate Concert in six cities in June - Paris, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Beijing, Sydney and Cape Town.

A Live Earth music event to demand action on climate change will take place on June 18 across seven continents, including Antarctica, former U.S. vice-president Al Gore and pop star Pharrell Williams announced on Wednesday.

Concerts will be staged in six cities -- Paris, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Beijing, Sydney and Cape Town -- in what will be the largest event of its type ever staged. The final Antarctic gig will be played by a band of scientists at a research station, Gore said.read more »

Cape Town Green Map is Runner-Up in the Innovations for Climate Change Adaptation Award

Cape Town Green Map

Cape Town Green Map and the Ackerman Pick n Pay Foundation were both runners up in this category of the Greening the Future Awards.

Cape Town Green Map is thrilled to have received this recognition and says 'bravo' to Ackerman Pick n Pay Foundation and their community gardening project.

Lisa Johnston reported on the two Innovations for Climate Change Adaptation Award runners up in the Greening the Future supplement in the Mail & Guardian:
Mainstream in Cape Town

When the Cape Town Green Map was launched in 2009 it was with the conscious intention of positioning all things green firmly in the mainstream.read more »

Cape Town's Green by Design Map

World Design Capital 2014 | Cape Town | Cape Town Green Map

World Design Capital (WDC) is a biannual honour awarded by the International Council for Societies of Industrial Design, to cities across the globe, to show its commitment to using design as a social, cultural and economic development tool.

The theme for WDC 2014 is 'Live Design. Transform Life'. As the winning city, Cape Town will plan, develop and promote a programme of events to run throughout 2014 focusing on using design as a development tool.
 
For an overview of the City WDC 2014 Projects click here

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Help us to vote for Cape Town for a sustainable future powered by renewable energy

#welovecapetown Please Vote For Cape Town
Supporters of the Cape Town Green Map can now start voting to show the world why Cape Town should be named the world's most loveable sustainable city #welovecapetown

Cape Town has been selected as a finalist city in the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) ‘We Love Cities’ campaign as part of the Earth Hour City Challenge.

The Mother City has been selected from among 163 entrants from 34 cities and 14 countries.

WWF has acknowledged Cape Town’s impressive attempts to actively address climate change and the exceptional will demonstrated to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, while transitioning toward a truly sustainable future powered by renewable energy.

Everyone is invited to vote for Cape Town and to share their favourite aspects of our city through photos and videos. They are also encouraged to submit suggestions on how we can become even more sustainable.

Voting ends on 20 March 2014. The winning city will be announced on 27 March 2014 – two days before Earth Hour, which takes place on 29 March 2014.

‘We are overjoyed that Cape Town has been selected as one of the finalists in the WWF Earth Hour City Challenge. Cape Town is being acknowledged for the incredible efforts being made by so many individuals and organisations across the city striving to make this a more sustainable, more habitable place. Now, Cape Town’s residents have the opportunity to mobilise towards that dream with the same spirit, ingenuity, and accountability that we saw with the hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™,’ says City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Alderman Patricia de Lille.
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Please Support Cape Town Green Map in the SA Blog Awards 2013

Support Cape Town Green Map Blog and Vote For us!

The public vote phase for the South African Blog Awards 2013 opens on Monday 2 December 2013. Please support the Cape Town Green Map's blog and cast your vote!

Simply click the button on our page and follow the instructions.

http://www.capetowngreenmap.co.za/blog/2013-sa-blog-awards-please-vote-o...

The Cape Town Green Map was launched on World Environment Day in 2009. Our blog has been feeding "green" news ever since, keeping Capetonians "in the loop" on green Cape Town and other environment and sustainability news!
Please cast you vote for us.

The Cape Town Green Map Team

Cape Town prints 4th Edition Cape Town Green Map

Cape Town Green Map 4th Edition

2012 was a busy year for the Cape Town Green Map. Through it all we managed to produce our 4th Edition Print Map, with the support of the City of Cape Town's Waste Management Department.

See our Media release below,

The 4th print edition of the Cape Town Green Map is now available, with a focus on green by design in line with Cape Town being awarded the World Design Capital in 2014.

Waste and recycling is another key focus. The front cover of the map features three children disposing of litter in a Zibi Bin. The fourth edition highlights some of the City’s initiatives aimed at waste minimization, encouraging citizens to reduce, reuse, and recycle. The map features tips from Zibi, the city’s mascot for waste and recycling. read more »

Cape Town Green Map – a legacy project on the move

City of Cape Town Mayor: Ald. Patricia de Lille

Although 2010 FIFA World Cup™ is now only a fond memory, it did leave a few legacy projects that have benefitted Cape Town in its wake. The Cape Town Green Map is one such project that has kept up the Soccer World Cup momentum by growing its readership via print and web media.

Now in its third edition, the print map has been very well received and has been distributed far and wide, including at COP 17 in Durban, and in New York and Brisbane, Australia! The cover of the third edition features the Mayor of Cape Town on a bicycle. The map has a strong sustainability focus and includes strategic branding for the Climate Smart Cape Town Campaign, ahead of the COP 17 conference in Durban. The map also made its way to COP 17 via the Climate Train! The print edition focusses on Cape Town’s pressing environmental and sustainability issues, and centres on public transport, waste and recycling and biodiversity.read more »

A New Brand of African Environmentalism

Dr Golding

Janice Golding argues that Africa needs to cultivate environmental champions and high-thinkers who live by the heart, relate to the land and who can articulate an alternative indigenous environmental narrative to the western environmental neo-imperialism.

On continents that are colder and less giving than Africa, the fastest growing new mass religion is “Environmentalism”. Climate change and sustainability are its key drivers.

“Environmentalism” (also called “Going Green”) is an earnest lifestyle for it is fervent in the endeavour of reducing carbon footprints. Household examples are fruit and vegetable gardens, recycling, solar panels and the reduced use of motorised transport. But its safety net for personal well-being that is ensured by relatively prosperous economies makes this movement a holier-than-thou quest. This is because Going Green is not a fundamental necessity born out of poverty and survival as in most parts of Africa.read more »

CRUNCH TIME FOR TABLE MOUNTAIN, Cape Town, South Africa, IN SEVEN WONDERS RACE

Vote for Table mountain, Cape Town , South Africa

Table Mountain could be named one of the New7Wonders of Nature, an accolade that could generate up to 11 000 new jobs and an additional R1.4 billion in annual revenue for South Africa.

The only way to win is to steal the largest chunk of citizen votes from the over 1 billion people who will take part in the campaign worldwide. To win that honour Table Mountain needs to beat 27 other admired and celebrated sites such as the Islands of Maldives, the Amazon in South America, the Dead Sea in Israel and the Grand Canyon in North America.

The announcement of the seven sites on 11/11/11 (11 November 2011) will bring to a close a battle which has spanned more than three years.read more »

The Cape Town Green Map is evolving

Cape Town Green map

It has been a very busy few months. The Cape Town Green Map team has just finished and printed its 3rd Edition of its Green Map. We even managed to get the City's Mayor to pose for the cover. Added to that we have redesigned our website layout and content structure, see Cape Town Green Map.

We also had two international interns join us for 3 months to assist with the project. Line and Mari really got stuck in and helped us with many aspects of the project, including our website redesign, a customer survey of all green sites, they held a small work group with green map participants and they also provided us with a project report on how we can improve our Cape Town Green Map Project.read more »

Vote for Table Mountain in Cape Town Today

© Bruce Sutherland : VOTE FOR TABLE MOUNTAIN TODAY

VOTE FOR TABLE MOUNTAIN TODAY

Table Mountain is one of only 28 natural sites from around the globe shortlisted to be named one of the Official New7Wonders of Nature.

From an initial list of 440 magnificent natural sites nominated in 2008, Table Mountain was voted onto a list of 77 sites prior to being selected for the final shortlist of 28 finalists in July 2009.

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, Table Mountain National Park and Cape Town Tourism have formed an official supporting committee to champion the mountain’s cause. Table Mountain needs approximately 30 million votes to secure a top 7 spot.read more »

Explore the Cape Town Green Map with Google Earth & Streetview

©Google Maps and Street View

Bring the Cape Town Green Map to life using Google Earth & Street View. You can explore the sites in 3D, look at them using Streetview and bring a new dimension to how you experience the CapeTown Green Map.

Instructions:
1. Download and install Google Earth on your local PC
2. Download the .zip file from our Cape Town Green Map blogpost and save it to your local machine. extract the contents ( cape_town_greenmap.kml) to your local machine. To extract the file Select it -Right Click - Extract All.read more »

Cape Town Green Maps make it to New York!

Cape Town Green Map

We were very happy that our parcel made it to the Green Map office in New York and hope that as many map makers as possible can get a copy of our map.

"so happy to find such a nice big box of your cool maps and great materials on the environment and sustainability programs there, Arne and Philip! wonderful - we have already send copies down to Uraguay and today, Puerto Rico. I also left the copies I had in Japan - inspriing for people there! much appreciated, Wendy"

You can also download an electronic copy:Here

Biodiversity deferred!

Biodiversity deferred

Read the article by Dr Janice Golding, an Honorary Research Associate (Botany) at the University of Cape Town who is also the author of Extinction by Design: plant ecology, species extinction and taxonomy in south-central Africa

Cape Town Green Map reaches 300+ listings!

The Cape Town Green Map Team

The Cape Town Green Map recently surpassed the 300 listings mark! This is a great achievement! We also received some super coverage on CNN, with the Green Cab's, Amiene van der Merwe including the Cape Town Green Map in her interview with CNN's Inside Africa! What a great contribution from the Green Cab Team!
The CNN Inside Africa Interview

Cape Town Green Map - Now Available in print

Cape Town Green Map

The 24 November 2009 was the launch of the print version of the Cape Town Green Map - a user-friendly, handy guide that makes green choices both accessible and meaningful.
The print map is a fresh take on the Mother city's natural environment, reminding visitors and residents to live, work and play responsibly in order to reduce human impact on our fragile ecosystems.

Whilst the website is a dynamic and interactive way to engage with 'green Cape Town', the print map is an easy-to-hold snapshot in time for easy reference. All of the sites have been handpicked from a far greater availability on the online version of the map – not an easy task, considering there are now over 250 of them.read more »

200 listings for the Cape Town Green Map

The Cape Town Green Map has reached the 200 listings mark! This is an exciting time as we embark on compiling our printed Green Map. Our website receive a considerable boost in traffic after we placed adverts recently, in the local and community papers, urging residents to participate in the project. Our funding has received a small boost and this will allow us to sustain the project for a further 12 months, while it gathers momentum and ultimately becomes selfsustaining!

Cape Town Green Map reaches 167 sites

Bookmark

Cape Town Green Map currently has 167 sites listed and is growing steadily. The project team decided that it was neccessary to inform the residents of Cape Town about the project and the availability of free listings on the Cape Town Green Map. Adverts were placed in several local papers with City wide distribution!
We are about to embark on the production of the printed Green Map for Cape Town, which promises to be an exciting process! We are also producing some marketing media for inclusion in several media packs that will be used leading up to the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup.

We have also received extensive media coverage! The most notable being TV coverage on CNBC Africa, who aired two different clips on the Cape Town Green Map!read more »

Cape Town Green Map goes 'live' with a virtual launch on World Environment Day

The Cape Town Green Map - www.capetowngreenmap.co.za isn’t just a bunch of intersecting lines and street names. Rather it is the heart of the city, a green life-force, which sends out information via the numerous vessels and networks of the internet.

As with all maps, it provides direction – but with a difference.

No other map has attempted to chart and detail the city of Cape Town from a green angle before. The map can be used to make greener lifestyle choices, and help people to make more informed decisions on how to live sustainably. It is also different because it is on-going, evolving and constantly being updated.read more »

Website goes live in beta

The website - www.capetowngreenmap.co.za goes live in beta version on 30 March. The team is happy with its progress, although there are still a few things to iron out before the official launch of the site, such as the slide show, which remains static but will function as a dynamic slide show featuring pictures from the map and Cape Town.

In the meantime there is synergy between Cape Town's green map and the official launch of the Open Green Map system. Both are set to launch on 5 June 2009, World Environment Day!

The Cape Town Green map team begin actively sourcing and approaching partners and sponsors, who are overwhelmingly positive about the map, particularly as there is a focus on South Africa for 2010. This despite the current downward trend of the economy. It appears that whilst business is feeling the squeeze, the effort to green (or blue) our planet is still a priority.read more »

Cape Town's logo & website

Our logo is designed, selected and finalised (after much debate), and the team begins work on the website and blog. At the same time, work begins on adding sites to the online map, as yet not viewable by Capetonians and other general public but accessible by mapmakers around the world.

Initial content is written for the website and the first blog or two are on standby for 'go live'! Finding iconic pictures to represent Cape Town for the website header pictures has presented something of a challenge. One which the team feels more than capable of meeting!

The team begins talks with initial interested sponsors. They appear very enthusiastic about the project. The team is busy putting together a proposal for sponsors that includes prospective press offices (press releases about events, products and ventures) and advertising potential (web buttons/banners) on www.capetowngreenmap.co.za (not yet live).read more »

Cape Town gets a Green Map!

The City of Cape Town gives the go-ahead to A&C maps and urban sprout to begin work on producing a Cape Town Green Map for the Mother City. The team is to create both an online and a printed map later this year that will act as a doorway to all that is green in the mother city. This will position Cape Town as the green city in South Africa.

Cape Town’s Green Map will likewise promote and encourage sustainable living practices and care for the environment.read more »