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Centre of Green Learning (2009)



Shows a Centre of Green Learning concept to be built in an area that gets flooded every 5 to 10 years. It uses a BERM concept to keep the water out. ...

Shows a Centre of Green Learning concept to be built in an area that gets flooded every 5 to 10 years. It uses a BERM concept to keep the water out.

Note that after 4 years of trying to get this off the ground, we closed FLOE's NGO status and bank account in early 2013.

If you are interested in this concept, please let me know.



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  • 1Cape Town Centre of GreenLearning (CGL)Presented by David LipschitzFree Life On Earth (FLOE)8th September 2009
  • 2How did we get to the (CGL)idea?• There is extensive information about “green”or renewable or sustainable technologies &ideas:– Magazines, Newspapers, Brochures– Internet; Radio, TV– Presentations– Wholistic Markets, Festivals and Farms• But– No central place in the City to see how one can become“green”– No where to easily turn this information into knowledge– No where to show how to turn from “light green”(greenwashing) to “dark green” (actually doing something)
  • 3There is no demand• This represents a key challenge• Whoever creates the demand will be seen asthe champion of going green, ie usingrenewable technologies and creating energy• By no demand, we mean, little or nomainstream public demand for renewableproducts, and little or no commitment/supportby government and big business to create thisdemand
  • 4Why is there “no demand”• The man in the street wants:– Government to lead– Big business to lead– The rich to lead– To see that it is something that one aspires to,rather than expensive cars or fancy yachts– To see conspicuous consumption go down– A paradigm shift in thinking; something that a bigcorporate can help the man in the street achieve
  • 5If• Wealthy people had:– Water heaters on their roofs– Electric cars– Made their own electricity– Has food gardens in their properties• Then– The rest of society would aspire tohave these things
  • 6Paradigm Shift• Successful people in cities live off grids– Energy: Electricity, Heating, Cooling– Energy: Cooking– Water, Food, Transport– Waste, Recycling• Rather than:– Successful people drive expensive cars
  • 7Why is the CGL needed?• To show the man in the street– whats available– that its possible to reduce complexity andcosts• To create demand for sustainability andgreen products• Visual Learning (services)• A place to get started with a kit for aslittle as R50 (products)
  • 8What is the man in the streetscared of?• Increasing costs• Increasing complexity• Lack of resources and knowledge• Making mistakes• Thinking that it’s “in the realm ofengineers”
  • 10So what do we need to show?• House or community scale:– Food production (using permaculture principles):Including: vegetables, sprouts, fruit, chickens, greenhouses,tunnels (complete life cycle; no waste)– Reusing, reducing, recycling and regeneration tips– Solar cooking– Solar heating and cooling– Solar water heating– Renewable & sustainable electricity generation– Efficiency savings & conservation tips– Biodigestors, Worm Farms, Composters– Sustainable and eco-friendly building methods– Sustainable fish farming
  • 11What does this do?• Creates jobs & reduces unemployment!• Gives people something to live for andreduces crime• Gives our retailers a source of organic,cheaper and locally grown produce• Makes people and the planet healthy• Creates energy. At the moment mankindsimply uses energy and hopes that he willnever run out of scarce resources• Reduces our collective carbon footprint
  • 12Who will come to the party?• Suppliers (tenants)– Restauranteur - “green” (organic and local) foodproduction– NGO’s, eg Institute for Zero Waste in Africa– Business: Electricity, Solar Geysers, Infrastructure,Car Manufacturers– Government: Eskom, Education, SocialDevelopment; Infrastructure• Customers– People who wish to buy organic produce & other“green” products– Anyone who wants to reduce their costs– Anyone who wants to “go green”– Schools; Universities; Adult Education (greenacademies)
  • 13Suppliers: why will they beinvolved?• To showcase their products• The place to be!• A green community and showcase• Putting their money where their mouthis• They will need to find low cost ways ofgetting customers started
  • 14So where is it?• Milnerton– In the Centre of Cape Town!– Next to three centres of learning• A high school• A playhouse• A library– On a new Rapid Transport Route– Views of the mountain and close to the City centre– Site cannot be used for anything else as under the50 year flood line– Municipal building next door might become atraining centre one day
  • 15MilnertonsLocation inCapeTown
  • 17The Milnerton Site - Detail
  • 18View towards mountain
  • 19View towards library
  • 20View towards Playhouse
  • 21Show the Diagrams• Concept• Detail• Phase 1
  • 22Concept Diagram
  • 23Berm Design• Keeps water out• Keeps energy in; creates energy• Is an energy magnet• Is a unique draw-card, attracting people• Can be used in low lying areas• Will show a model for sustainabledevelopment
  • 24Site Flooded
  • 25Full CGL Ground Floor
  • 26Full CGL First Floor
  • 27Phase 1: Permaculture Centre
  • 28Keyhole Gardening
  • Biodigester Opportunity
  • 30More than one?• We have identified other sites for moreCentres of Green Learning in Cape Town• Why might we need more than one?– Sustainability calls for local food & otherproduction, lowering transport costs and gettingeach community involved– Growing the knowledge calls for people to beinvolved regularly and to visit regularly– These “permaculture” centres could grow food onbehalf of local people
  • 31Next steps• Find a sponsor who can help us make thishappen in months (using funding andaltruism) rather than years (using altruismonly); e.g.: Greenhouse Project in Joburg• Conception; 1993; opened 2003• Feasibility Study• Kobus Coetzer & Tygerberg Municipality– KC submission to all depts for comments• Select operating & legal structure• Milnerton Playhouse• Neighbours• Council / Government
  • 32The Sponsor• We would like the sponsor to become ananchor tenant or possibly for the site to benamed after the sponsor or for the sponsor toprovide administrative support• We would like the sponsor to help get theproject off the ground; to be able to tell peoplethat the sponsor is involved• We would like the sponsor to be an institutioncommitted to the protection of the planet andour collective future• The sponsor will give credibility to the project
  • 33Funding ideas• The CGL is built using donations• The CGL runs sustainably from:– Ticket sales– Presentations / Conferences / Training– Rentals (monthly and percentages)– Sales of kits– Being a centre of learning that attracts large scaleproject incentives, e.g. for building solar ovens orsolar water heaters– Tenants buy into the project before it is built
  • David’s Roof
  • David’s Turbine
  • David’s Garage
  • 37Participants/Contributers so far• Architects: Francois Fehrsen, GraemeSher• Architectual Draftsperson: Marc Turok• Civil Engineer: Stephen Wigley• Other people who have contributed timeand advice• Total time: approximately 8 personmonths
  • 40Other ideas• Is the time right?– There is demand for locally grown organicproduce• FIFA and The World Cup– Sustainability– Local Organising Committee (LOC)– Leaving something behind– Reducing their carbon footprint
  • Thank youDavid: david@mypowerstation.biz021 551 9935074 119 3246This presentation was createdusing renewable energy