Our 20 Year journey

It all started in 1999 with a vision to create a space where people could live and learn together in an ecologically sustainable environment. We share the story through the people that were part of shaping it.

Our 20 year journey: how it all started

Our 20 year journey: how it all started

In 2019 the Sustainability Institute is celebrating its 20-year anniversary. We reflect back on this amazing journey, and share our story as told by some of the people that made all of this possible.

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Our 20 year journey: the building approach

Our 20 year journey: the building approach

The design of the Sustainability Institute was done by keeping in mind how available local resources could be incorporated into the infrastructure, how existing infrastructure could be reused and how the natural elements could be used to cool and heat the buildings. Take a look at how it all came together, as explained by the original architect, Gita Goven.

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Our 20 year journey: children at the heart

Our 20 year journey: children at the heart

The SI is committed to putting children at the heart of what we do. Education is a right for all children and our core work focuses on enabling access to quality education for children from the Lynedoch Valley. This is our third video which focuses on the various programmes related to the children and youth. You will get a glimpse into the Lynedoch Children’s House, SPARK Primary school, the Youth Hub programme and Lynedoch United Football Club.

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Our 20 year journey: the people that were here

Our 20 year journey: the people that were here

This is our fourth video which focuses on the first residents of the Lynedoch Eco-Village. They will talk about their own personal experiences on the farm and how things have changed over the years.

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Our 20 year journey: the Lynedoch Eco-Village

Our 20 year journey: the Lynedoch Eco-Village

The Lynedoch Eco-Village is a mixed community organised around a child-centred learning precinct. It strives to be a working example of a liveable ecologically designed urban system that is self-sustainable. Above all else, the Lynedoch Eco-Village provides a safe space where South Africans from all backgrounds can live in peace with each other and in harmony with nature. In our fifth video, we share some reflections from residents.

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