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Sandton and Alexandra to become more Sustainable Tourism Destinations in Preparation for The Eco-Mobility World Festival – October 2015

The Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme has been appointed as the official Sustainable Tourism partner of the City of Johannesburg, who will host the Eco-Mobility World Festival. The festival will run during the Month of October.

This prestigious international festival will see a number of tourists, media and corporates coming into the Sandton and Alexandra areas, and as such the STPP has been mandated to assist tourism businesses to fast track their Sustainability Initiatives. The STPP is a UNWTO Affiliate Member that is highly regarded amongst professionals in the tourism sector as the only mass scale sustainable tourism implementation programme.

Evolve has partnered with The STPP as technical partners and they will provide advisory services and technical solutions on resource efficiency and waste management. Partner, Earth Probiotic will provide advisory services and technical solutions for waste streams. Further partnerships are to be announced shortly.

“We are inviting accommodation establishments and tourism businesses to sign up as soon as possible, so that we can start the journey. We will kick off with weekly workshops in Sandton from 22 July, until the end of September”, says Niki Glen, the STPP Programme Director. “We are very proud to announce that Westpoint Executive Suites have agreed to take the lead by implementing assessments immediately.”

“We are looking forward to seeing fantastic effort and team work from further corporates and hotels in Sandton, to turn the city into a Sustainable Tourism Hotspot that rivals fellow South African cities”, says Angelique-Mari Forman, Marketing Manager for Executive Suites Group.

The festival will run from the 1st to 31st October and plans for the event are continuously being released. Through participation, the sustainable tourism interventions, accommodation establishments, restaurants, tour operators/guides and additional tourism/hospitality-orientated businesses are likely to become more efficient and quickly see cuts in cost over the long-term as a result over responsible operation practices.
In addition, they will gain access to the Eco-Mobility Festival and Joburg Tourism’s multiple marketing and social media platforms. All participants will be invited to join the World Tourism Day Celebrations on 27 September, where they will receive further exposure for their efforts as well as the opportunity to network with fellow VIPs.

The programme will focus on 6 key areas which will assist businesses to not only assess their current operations, but also access solutions that will enable decision-makers to fast track implementation.

The initial areas of focus for the programme running until end September are:
1. Resource Efficiency assessments and the installation of leading technologies to manage and monitor energy and water consumption and to manage waste;
2. On-site assessments to assist establishments to identify and manage quick wins towards more sustainable tourism practices;
3. Staff Green Training and Sustainable Tourism Training;
4. Carbon footprint assessments and carbon offset solutions;
5. Local Sourcing Practices and opportunities to redirect current sourcing practices;
6. Event Greening practices;

Workshops will run weekly in Sandton or Alexandra every Wednesday from 4 to 6, starting July 22nd. Venues are yet to be confirmed.
We would like all tourism and hospitality professionals, media and other interested parties to please attend the first of the workshops.

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How to Make Transport More Sustainable

Wherever you’re headed this morning, there is nothing worse than getting stuck in traffic, and with 22% more cars on the roads and an 80% higher petrol price than 5 years ago, the need to find a sustainable way of transport is in more demand than ever.

One of the key facets of Sustainability Week is transport, and one solution to making transport more sustainable is car-pooling and bike sharing.

Bike Sharing

If you prefer to ride a bike, Bike Sharing is said to be the next evolution in public transport in South Africa.

The system basically consists of a number of specially designed bicycles parked at docking stations around the city which you can rent. The bikes can be unlocked using a card which you swipe or a mobile phone app. By swiping the card on the bike, the bike is unlocked and the clock starts ticking.

After using the bike, you can dock it at any docking station. The clock then stops ticking and the money is deducted from the electronic purse or via the app from your account.

It’s already been successful in 40 cities across 15 countries and is launching in Cape Town in August and then to other South African cities. The only downside is that the average trip is 2 – 3kms, so it’s not the best option for long distances.

Car-Pooling

With massive congestion on our road, and with road transport making up the primary source of CO₂ emissions in South Africa, it is incredibly important to find a more sustainable way of getting around.  If your place of work is too far to cycle, car-pooling is a good alternative. One of the local car-pooling solutions is “Find a Lift”, which is designed to make car-pooling easier.

How it works

Sign up and enter your route.

The platform instantly matches you with others going your way so you can decide to make secure contact and arrange to share the journey. This in turn saves you money and reduces your carbon footprint in the process.

To keep this service free for members, they are working closely with organisations, universities and other communities nationally to help them set up their own private rideshare groups and to run these programmes successfully.

The main benefits of car-pooling

You can save R68 by sharing 100km with 1 person;

Share 3500km and you would have ‘planted’ a tree;

Save money on fuel and maintenance;

Reduce your carbon footprint;

Help cut traffic for faster journey times;

Make new friends.

 

How to car-pool safely

Do not exchange home addresses before you meet a potential travel partner;

Meet in a public place the first time you meet your potential travel partner;

Connect on social media like Facebook to build trust;

Show each other proof of your identity to ensure you are meeting the correct person;

Tell friends/family about your travel partner and details of your journey;

Do not travel together if you have any doubts about your potential travel partner

Avoid the road rage and get involved in car-pooling this week to help de-congest our roads. It could make your life a lot less stressful and save you money, and who knows – you might even make some new friends!

Source: expressoshow


 

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