CTEET gets the silver in Eco-Logic awards

2019-06-11 06:01
Louise Matschke and Dr Anthony Roberts in their Glamorously Green upcycled outfits.

Louise Matschke and Dr Anthony Roberts in their Glamorously Green upcycled outfits.

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The Cape Town Environmental Education Trust (CTEET) in Westlake was awarded silver in the Green Economy category for the work carried out though their training and development initiatives at the eighth annual Eco-Logic Awards.

The event took place on Wednesday 28 May at the Table Bay Hotel and was presented by The Enviropaedia which is South Africa’s online environmental encyclopedia, green directory and repository of sustainability thought leadership.

The Eco-logic Awards are one of South Africa’s premier environmental awards and publishing editor of the Enviropaedia, David Parry-Davies, says: “(Today) we celebrate individuals, communities and organisations who have the intelligence, foresight, wisdom and emotional maturity to behave in an ecological manner. By changing the values and thinking patterns that motivate our behaviour and thus cause these environmental challenges, we can build a new foundation for a healthier, happier and more sustainable world for us to live and thrive in,” he says.

CTEET, a non-profit organisation has been running training and development initiatives for youth from low-income communities since 2007, to facilitate entrants to the Green Economy. Over 200 youth have participated in accredited nature conservation learnerships, graduate internships and tertiary bursary programmes.

The nature conservation learnership, in particular, has proven highly successful, with 73% of graduates having moved on to further training or employment on completion of their programmes. This model is strengthened by access to the conservation projects managed by CTEET, and the organisation’s strong partnerships with nature reserves and environmental organisations.

Training and Development Programme participants not only have the opportunity to gain invaluable work place experience during their 12-month placement on conservation projects and reserves, but CTEET’s established network provides access to job opportunities within the green economy.

This unique model is growing the green economy by equipping youth for this sector; and providing experienced, willing and passionate entry-level environmentalists to the sector. At the same time, CTEET is providing opportunities for individuals to enter the green economy in order to better their lives and become involved in conservation projects working to protect and restore Cape Town’s biodiversity.

In addition to the Silver Award, CTEET chief executive officer (CEO) Doctor Anthony Roberts and education and training manager Louise Matschke were awarded Best Dressed Couple for their upcycled Glamorously Green outfits, made of animal feed bags.V For more information on CTEET visit their website on www.cteet.co.za.

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