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TOUCHPOINT THIRD QUARTER 2018

An update on our Greenbox solution

Currently, the industry standard offers a traditional whitebox solution that addresses the shell of a space and prepares you to move into a space that has been cleared for operation. We have taken this concept further by developing an innovative, value-added solution that reflects our sustainable business values. The Greenbox Solution is a service offering for clients that want to pursue a Green Star Interiors certification. Our unique Greenbox Solution will assist with this process and will equip the client with resources that will guide them in terms of leading green workplace practices.

Ultimately, the Greenbox Solution aims to create a healthier workplace, not just for the occupants in the space, but also for the environment. We create this by:

  • Reusing as much of the existing building elements as possible; this reduces the possibility of VOC's
  • Reducing the amount of demolition waste that goes to landfill – this can be done by donating items to local charities and schools
  • Recycling as much of the waste as possible

 

We recently received standard templates from Solid Green for a Waste Management Plan and an Environmental Management Plan, which is currently being used to monitor our waste consumption and environmental impact. These will also assist in acquiring points under the Green Star SA Interiors Tool. A Contractors' Greenbox Guide has also been developed and will be used as a tool to educate contractors on the Greenbox Solution requirements.


GROWSMART


The competition rounds have started for the year and have received wonderful support from both the schools and local communities. The Eastern Cape held their first ever Level 1 competition and it was a great success. Training was conducted with all the volunteers and schools prior to the competition rounds. We can report a 100% attendance on 14 and 21 April (the competition days).

In the Western Cape, the rounds took place every weekend in May and the first weekend in June. The Debating competition was hosted for the first time in association with the Western Cape Youth Debating League. This competition is the first of its kind and focuses only on Grade 6 learners. In total, there are 160 Growsmart schools. Currently, up to 276 learners compete in the Literacy, Maths, Science and Debating competitions, with 42 volunteers (per day) assisting at Oude Molen Academy of Science and Technology.

Here are the current winning teams for Level 1 – these teams (and others) will advance to Level 2 during August.

Literacy winners so far:

  • Floreat PS
  • Liwa PS
  • Portland PS
  • Weltevreden Valley Core PS
  • Silverstream PS
  • Belmor PS
  • Kerria PS
  • Balvenie PS
  • Dr van der Ross PS
  • Goeie Hoop PS
  • Palm Park PS
  • Eikendal PS

Mathematics winners so far:

  • Floreat PS
  • Montagu Drive PS
  • Spineview PS
  • Yellowwood PS
  • Kenmere PS
  • Athlone North PS
  • Belhar PS
  • Bishop Lavis PS
  • Ititsa PS
  • St Augustine's PS
  • Palm Park PS

Debating winners so far:

  • Capricorn PS
  • Floreat PS
  • Lantana PS
  • Montagu Drive PS
  • Litha PS
  • Silverstream PS
  • Sophokama PS
  • Chumisa PS
  • Palm Park PS
  • Intshayelelo PS


The Growsmart Story writing competition is almost ready to announce a winner. The schools had a selection of 20 topics they could choose from. 432 story books are expected from Cape Town, East London and Port Elizabeth. It will be the first year that the Eastern Cape will be participating in the Story writing competition. The top 10 books will be published from both provinces and will be uploaded at www.growsmart.org.za