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Smart living

The Smart Living Handbook and its associated campaign guide people on how to be resource-efficient and sustainable in their daily lives and practices. The themes covered in the handbook include energy, water, waste and biodiversity, and it contains a series of practical steps that households in Cape Town can take to protect the environment, save them money and make their homes safer to live in. Together, we can make a difference.

The following smart living resources are available for download:

    English version: Smart Living Handbook - Making sustainable living a reality in Cape Town homes More...

Introductory slide presentation on the Smart Living Handbook More...

Smart living activity/audit sheets More...
Smart living poster More...
Sustainability quiz More...
Afrikaans version: Slimleef Handboek - Om volhoubare ontwikkeling ’n werklikheid in Kaapse huise te maak More...
Xhosa version: Incwadana yokuphila ngokulumkileyo - Ukwenza uphuhliso olusisigxina lube yimpumelelo kumakhaya aseKapa More...
Smart Office Toolkit - A practical guide to greening your office More...
Smart Events Handbook - Greening guidelines for hosting sustainable events in Cape Town More...
Smart Building Handbook - A guide to green building in Cape Town More...
Wonderbag - A heat retention cooking bag More...
The Story of Stuff video More...
The Animals Save the Planet video clips More...

 


English version - Smart Living Handbook

Smart Living Handbook Smart Living Handbook - Making sustainable living a reality in Cape Town homes (updated edition, May 2011) [PDF 7.6 MB]
The updated Smart Living Handbook has a new design and exciting new cover – a colourful cartoon done by Chip Snaddon which encourages forward thinking about Cape Town's future as a sustainable city. The handbook also has an additional 30 pages of new and updated information.

Individual sections to download:
     Section 1 - Waste [PDF 3 MB]
     Section 2 - Energy [PDF 5 MB]
     Section 3 - Water [PDF 3.9 MB]
     Section 4 - Biodiversity [PDF 4.4 MB]

 Introductory slide presentation on the Smart Living Handbook (May 2011) [PDF 1 MB]

 Smart living activity/audit sheets (2009) [PDF 264 KB]
A series of activity sheets extracted from the third edition of the Smart Living Handbook (2009), which can be used for auditing activities at your home concerning waste, energy and water use.

 Smart living poster [PDF 2.1 MB]
A colourful cartoon poster created by Chip Snaddon that encourages forward thinking about Cape Town's future as a sustainable city. It encapsulates the many ideals of 'green living' in a city, however the cartoon does not necessarily depict the City of Cape Town’s plans.

 Smart living sustainability quiz [PDF 72 KB]
Living our lives leaves a 'footprint' on the earth, but it’s the size of that footprint that counts. By reducing the size of our footprints we’ll be taking giant leaps for the planet. What's your footprint rating?


Afrikaans version - Slimleef Handboek

 Slimleef Handboek - Om volhoubare ontwikkeling ’n werklikheid in Kaapse huise te maak (Nov. 2008) [PDF 8 MB]
An Afrikaans version of the Smart Living Handbook.

Individual sections to download:
     Section 1 - Afval (Waste) [PDF 1.8 MB]
     Section 2 - Energie (Energy) [PDF 2 MB]
     Section 3 - Water (Water) [PDF 1.6 MB]
     Section 4 - Biodiversiteit (Biodiversity) [PDF 1.8 MB]

Xhosa version - Incwadana yokuphila ngokulumkileyo

 Incwadana yokuphila ngokulumkileyo - Ukwenza uphuhliso olusisigxina lube yimpumelelo kumakhaya aseKapa (May 2009) [PDF 5 MB]
A Xhosa version of the Smart Living Handbook.

Individual sections to download:
     Section 1 - Inkunkuma (Waste) [PDF 1.7 MB]
     Section 2 - Eneji (Energy) [PDF 1.6 MB]
     Section 3 - Amanzi (Water) [PDF 1.5 MB]
     Section 4 - Izityalo Nezilwanyana (Biodiversity) [PDF 1.5 MB]


Smart Office Toolkit - A practical guide to greening your office
www.capetown.gov.za/smartoffice
This step-by-step toolkit has been designed to assist you in your journey towards a greener office. The toolkit will help you to develop a sustainability strategy at the office; learn tips for practical things you can do around the office; compile an environmental policy relevant to your business; and offers insights into eco-procurement, green building, eco-driving and event greening.

 Smart Events Handbook - Greening guidelines for hosting sustainable events in Cape Town (June 2010) [PDF 4.6 MB]
To encourage event greening, the Smart Events Handbook can help you to host your events in an environmentally and socially responsible way. It can be used for a range of events, such as meetings, conferences and exhibitions, and applies equally to large sports events and to small local community initiatives.

 Smart Building Handbook - A guide to green building in Cape Town (June 2012) [PDF 1.6 MB]
This handbook provides practical information on energy-efficient technologies, design criteria and appropriate materials and solutions that will result in addressing ‘whole green building design’. It has been developed for both professionals and homeowners to promote resource-efficient building practices, which will reduce the impact that buildings have on the environment as well as the operating costs of running them. 


 Wonderbag - A heat retention cooking bag [External website]
A Wonderbag is an insulated bag in which people can cook anything from meaty stews and vegetable curries to simple rice and soups. You kick-start the cooking process by heating your pot of food on the stove, then simply place it in the Wonderbag. View samples of delicious recipes.

 The Story of Stuff video [External website]
'The Story of Stuff' is a 20-minute animated documentary about the life cycle of material goods. The documentary is critical of excessive consumerism and promotes sustainability. It is one of the most watched environmental-themed online movies of all time.

 The Animals Save the Planet video clips [External website]
Each of these short animated movie clips has a simple message to address sustainable living (for children and adults alike). Very simple, very funny and very effective.

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