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Stellenbosch University celebrates Earth Day 2023 with a two-day long exhibition at Jan Mouton
Author: Petro Mostert
Published: 05/04/2023

​​​​We celebrate Earth Day on 22 April 2023, and Stellenbosch University will start commemorating early with an environmental sustainability expo at the Jan Mouton building on 13-14 April 2023.

The SU Environmental Sustainability Expo 2023 aims to broaden the campus conversations around environmental sustainability,  promote the SU Environmental Sustainability Plan, create engagement opportunities about the Net Zero Carbon campaign, and pioneer an annual campus event as part of global Earth Day events.

As part of the event, Prof Guy Midgley, Acting Director at our School for Climate Studies and world-renowned climate change researcher, will be doing a talk on How to Avoid Climate Disaster: An African View, tying with Earth Day's call to action: Invest in our planet. As part of the talk, he will demonstrate a dashboard that you can use to see how different interventions will impact climate action with different scenarios.

The exhibitors include environments within SU engaging in the climate change conversations, such as SU Facilities Management, the SDG/2063 Impact Hub dealing with the Sustainable Development Agendas of both the UN and AU at SU, The School for Climate Change, EcoMaties, the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES), and companies helping SU to get to a net zero campus, such as Alveo, CRSES, Wasteplan, GBCSA, and others. 

Join the SU community in pledging to reduce our carbon footprint and automatically enter a lucky draw.

Various tours and activities are also planned for the week of  17 April 2023.

There is an opportunity on Friday, 14 April, between 11:00 – 13:00 for SU staff and students to join us for an informal conversation about furthering the sustainability conversation across faculties and departments. Several panellists will participate in this session, share some of their research, and illustrate how they incorporate sustainability into their work.

Expo Dates: Thursday & Friday, 13-14 April, 11:00 – 14:00

Venue: Jan Mouton building 2nd and 3rd-floor foyers

It is essential to RSVP for Prof Midgley's talk (13 April 12:30 to 13:30)– either to attend in-person or online: We will stream the lecture from the Jan Mouton Learning Centre. Register here

 For queries, contact:

Christine Groenewald at or 084 270 4489