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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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  • 1. 1Cape Town Centre of GreenLearning (CGL)Presented by David LipschitzFree Life On Earth (FLOE)8th September 2009

2. 2How did we get to the (CGL)idea? There is extensive information about greenor 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 becomegreen 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) 3. 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 4. 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 5. 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 6. 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 7. 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) 8. 8What is the man in the streetscared of? Increasing costs Increasing complexity Lack of resources and knowledge Making mistakes Thinking that its in the realm ofengineers 9. 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 10. 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 11. 12Who will come to the party? Suppliers (tenants) Restauranteur - green (organic and local) foodproduction NGOs, 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 & othergreen products Anyone who wants to reduce their costs Anyone who wants to go green Schools; Universities; Adult Education (greenacademies) 12. 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 13. 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 14. 15MilnertonsLocation inCapeTown 15. 17The Milnerton Site - Detail 16. 18View towards mountain 17. 19View towards library 18. 20View towards Playhouse 19. 21Show the Diagrams Concept Detail Phase 1 20. 22Concept Diagram 21. 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 22. 24Site Flooded 23. 25Full CGL Ground Floor 24. 26Full CGL First Floor 25. 27Phase 1: Permaculture Centre 26. 28Keyhole Gardening 27. Biodigester Opportunity 28. 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 29. 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 30. 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 31. 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 32. Davids Roof 33. Davids Turbine 34. Davids Garage 35. 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 36. 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 37. Thank youDavid: david@mypowerstation.biz021 551 9935074 119 3246This presentation was createdusing renewable energy