Green says go for entries

The Mail & Guardian‘s Greening the Future Awards, now in its ninth year, is South Africa’s most comprehensive and credible celebration of environmental sustainability.

Categories include water care and management, innovation in renewables, energy efficiency and carbon management, and biodiversity and resource management.

The awards are judged by an eminent panel, headed by Standard Bank’s director of group sustainability, Karin Ireton. The other judges are Chesney Bradshaw, head of sustainability at ABB South Africa; Irvan Damon, a partner at Carbon d’Afreeque; Blessing Manale, chief director of planning and co-ordination at the environmental affairs department; Wanda Mkutshulwa, head of communication at South African National Parks; Suraya Hamdulay, head of corporate citizenship at Vodacom; Crispian Olver, chief executive at Linkd Environmental Services; Andrew Kaniki, director of knowledge fields development at the National Research Foundation; and Colleen Vogel, recent BMW chair on sustainability at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Winners and finalists are fêted at a glittering event held during Environment Month in June.

Past winners include Anglo American’s eMalahleni water reclamation plant, which went on to become the only mining initiative endorsed by the United Nations Momentum for Change initiative at the COP17 climate change negotiations in Durban in December.

The M&G urges companies, parastatals, non-governmental organisations, schools and individuals to keep up the momentum of COP17 in the interests of the planet.

The deadline is April 20. Entry forms can be found at, or contact Sudley Adams at [email protected] or Tamarin Marshman at [email protected]