If you’re visting Cape Town, don’t miss the Open Streets movement

Open Streets Cape Town (OSCT).

OSCT was founded in 2012 and is now a registered non-profit organization supported by the City of Cape Town, the WWF Green Trust, the Greater Tygerberg Partnership and the Millenium Trust.

Open Streets is when a few times a year, on a Sunday, a stretch of road is cut off to regular motorised traffic. The main goal of Open Streets is to allow communities to envisage different ways in which streets can be used and to encourage non-motorised transport in an effort to promote sustainable transportation.

In Cape Town transport accounts for 50% of the energy consumption and 27% of its carbon emissions.

OSCT believes that Open Street days could be a beneficial catalyst for reducing carbon footprint.  The first Open Streets of 2018 pushed visitors to think beyond the road and consider the new norm for South Africa that is, living with less water.

The City if Cape Town and its people are in the throes of saving water in one of the worst droughts experienced in over a century.

Many attractions and accommodation establishments in Cape Town have thus joined the campaign and pioneered the preservation of this valuable resource. One of these establishments in particular is Hotel Verde situated in close proximity to the Cape Town International Airport.

Hotel Verde

The hotel was built in 2013 with the following active technologies in place:

  • Rain water and subsoil drainage harvesting
  • Infrared sensor activated taps
  • Grey water recycling system
  • All fittings throughout the building are low flow
  • All toilets are duel-flush

Hotel Verde has since been voted as being Africa’s Greenest Hotel due to their water saving and environmental sustainability efforts! Check out the review on One Planet Rating.

Image courtesy: OSCT Facebook

This blog is authored by OPR’s Ambassador from Cape Town – Shireen Ariefdien. Shireen holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Tourism Management from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She is passionate about the tourism industry and the promotion of sustainable travel globally. She is a staunch believer in sustaining world heritage, the environment and the economy for future generations. Shireen joined OPR because she was intrigued by the efforts in enforcing the industry to conform to modern sustainable practices and sees OPR as a great platform to contribute to a “greener” way of travel. You can be an OPR Ambassador too. Know more here.

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