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CTICC joins forces with Table Mountain National Park

On 21 July 2011, in News, by Andrew Bennett
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The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) has partnered with Table Mountain National Parks (TMNP) to offset its local carbon flight footprint to commemorate Nelson Mandela Day. The centre will be planting 38 shade trees in the lower Tokai plantation forest as part of an environmental heritage project.

According to CTICC, Chief Executive Officer, Rashid Toefy the decision to offset the centre’s flight carbon footprint through this project speaks directly to the centre’s Nurture Our World (NOW) initiative, which aims to address issues like climate change and the preservation of the environment for future generations. “The overarching objective of Nelson Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world and to empower communities and it is fitting that we use our 67 minutes to embark on this project” says Toefy.

Paddy Gordon, CEO of TMNP says “This is an excellent initiative whereby the convention centre is taking account of their environmental impact and acting where it will make a difference – planting indigenous trees where the people of Cape Town long for the return of shaded routes.  The CTICC is the first corporate sponsor of our tree replanting program and we trust that others will follow their admirable gesture”.

CTICC is one of the leading sustainable convention centre’s on the African continent and is continually setting the benchmark in terms of industry standards. “It is this dedication and commitment to sustainability that resulted in the centre winning a prize in the Europcar Green Office Week 2010 competition” added Toefy. The centre won a R 10 000 cash prize for its commitment to implementing sustainable practices into the workplace, which it will be using to plant the trees.

According to Europcar CEO, Dawn Nathan-Jones, Europcar’s sponsorship of Green Office Week has one of its objectives as being the creation of a sustainable wave of change within corporate South Africa that will change the habits and practices of both corporate entities and individuals to act with the best interests of our environment in mind. The CTICC’s decision to commit their prize money to the investment of tree planting is testimony to their commitment to sustainable projects.

Toefy concluded by saying that the CTICC is dedicated to becoming one of the world’s leading environmentally sustainable convention centre’s and is continually thinking of new and innovative ways of transforming the meetings and events industry to one that is sustainable.

Issued by Zeenat Parker, CTICC (19 July 2011)

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