In order to strive to achieve an overall net positive benefit from the conference we have chosen to promote a number of initiatives to enhance the sustainability of the conference.
CAREER KICK-STARTER MENTORING PROGRAMME
To further support the improvement of employment capital NICOLA will be organising a Career Kick-Starter Mentoring programme. This programme will connect students/early years environmentalists to experienced individuals in the land management and remediation profession. The kick-off for the mentoring programme will take place virtually on 3 November 2021.
Interested individuals (both mentors and mentees) will be able to sign up for the Career kick starter mentoring programme during the conference registration process. Expected time commitment will be approximately 1 hour at the kick-off and one hour a month for a period of 6-12 months to be determined by the individuals involved. The objective of the programme is to support university students and early years environmental professionals on either entering the industry / navigating the industry and progressing their professional development and career.
SUSTREM POSTER COMPETITION
University-level students, based in Africa, where invited to submit a scientific poster on a topic of their choice related to Sustainability and Sustainable Land Management. The authors of the winning posters have been provided with free registration to the SUSTREM2021 International Conference to provide them with exposure to a professional conference.
Our winners are:
“The Remediation of Land Contaminated With Petroleum Hydrocarbons Released from Industrial Operations by In-Situ Bioremediation Processes“ – View Poster here.
“Element Dilution Factors for Detecting AMD-Related Metal Contamination” – View Poster here.
“Precipitation of Ochres from Acid Mine Drainage Treatment: a computational and experimental approach” – View poster here.
SPONSORING TREES FOR ALL
Trees for All is an award-winning programme provided by Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) that sustainably plants trees in shared spaces for a healthier, greener environment. This successful initiative educates communities about the benefits of trees, while offsetting carbon emissions and transforming the surrounding environment. Trees for All plants and monitors fruit and indigenous trees at: schools; hospitals; parks; clinics; aged-homes and anywhere else people will benefit from, and look after, trees. Visibly enhancing environments and quality of life for all South Africans.
As part of the SUTREM2021 Conference NICOLA has sponsored three “Trees for All” events, planting a total of 90 trees.
Each registered delegate will receive a tree planting e-certificate after the conference. This is one way in which we hope the SUSTREM2021 conference will leave a lasting sustainability benefit in our local communities.
These events have taken place at the following locations:
CLIMATE POSITIVE CONFERENCE
Sustrem2021 has been planned as a virtual event. In doing so, there has already been a significant avoidance in carbon emissions as compared to if it was a physical event. However even as a virtual event, there are still carbon emissions incurred. Examples of which include the electricity usage for virtual meetings and attendees.
The emissions incurred during the planning and execution of the conference have been calculated and carbon credits have been purchased to exceed the emissions incurred. In doing so, NICOLA and Sustrem 2021 has supported two deserving carbon reduction projects in South Africa. This will be the first climate positive event in the history of the series of SUSTREM International Conference and aligns with the core objective of enhancing the overall net benefit and sustainability of the conference.
View Certificate here.