Along with Green, two other The Greenline EC members Candice Elliot and Connor Smith went to Cape Town. The Greenline is a student society on campus that tackles and campaigns for environmental issues. It works closely with the Department of Facilities Management. Itumeleng Mahlangu and Peterson Mtshweni of TuksVillage, and Amy Oakfield, who heads up the Green Portfolio at the Onderstepoort residence, also attended the conference.
According to the International South African Chapter of the Association of College and University Housing Officers’ website, the Annual Green Campus Initiative was established “with the aim for the promotion of environmental sustainability/climate change interventions at colleges and universities campuses in South Africa”. Leading up to the event, Green said it was challenging to attain funding to attend the event. However Director of Facilities Management, Prof. Susan Adendorff sponsored him. TuksRes sponsored the other five students. Green credits Ilze Ueckermann, Manager at Waste and Environmental Management in the Department of Facilities Managements, for helping him with his presentation. Ueckermann provided him with “date statistics of the water usage of the University as well as other statistics such as the amount of waste the University recycles”.
With a 10 minute cap, Green said he had to present on all that The Greenline had done for the past three years to over 100 delegates who were from over nine universities and five environmental audit firms. “There were two categories: […] Category A and Category B. Category A was for Green Campus Initiatives that are three years and younger and category B was for Green Campus Initiatives that are older than three years”, he said. In category A, Green presented against four other universities which were Capricorn TVET College, Vaal University of Technology, University of Johannesburg, and the University of Zululand. The Greenline, representing UP, came first for their presentation.
On winning the “Best Newcomer Award” at the conference, Green said it “meant the world” to him. “I am very proud of the Greenline EC and we have been working very hard in the last year to make all [of] this possible”, he added. He further expressed his gratitude to the Department of Facilities Management, particularly Ueckermann whom he said had “gone beyond what [was] asked [of her] to make everything possible”.