The City of Cape Town appointed icologie to do eco audits at six of the Environmental Education Centres and provide training and implementation of the retrofit plans. The eco audits focus on energy efficiency, waste reduction, water conservation and biodiversity conservation. The six centres that are participating in the programme include:
- Mike Woods EE Centre, Helderberg Nature Reserve
- Kristo Pienaar EE Centre, Tygerberg Nature Reserve
- Rondevlei EE Centre, Rondevlei Nature Reserve
- FBEP EE Centre, Fals Bay Ecology Park
- Edith Stephens EE Centre, Edith Stephens Wetland Reserve
- Zandvlei EE Centre, Zandvlei Wetlands Reserve
The first workshop was held at Rondevlei Nature Reserve where all the centres received training around how to do an eco audit and why it is important. Eco Audits were then done at the EE Centres together with the local staff. The aim was to identify main problems and common concerns that can be addressed (quick wins), while also consider the long-term needs and the need for more detailed audits where required.
Retrofit plans are currently being compiled for each of the EE centres, with a focus on the high impact recommendations that can be duplicated at different centres throughout the City. At the next workshop each of the EE Centres will be doing a presentation about the findings of their audits and recommendations will be made on the implementation. An implementation plan will be compiled to address the basic retrofit requirements at the different EE Centers based on their needs, but could include ideas such as efficient lights, bins for waste separation, tap aerators, energy monitoring systems, worm farms, etc.
Watch this space to learn more about the eco audits and implementation.