There is never a dull moment in the life of an Environmental Manager - this is one of the more memorable experiences.
Blog Category: Construction Environmental Management
The permit application process for tree relocation on construction sites sometimes ends up delaying a project, especially if the conditions on the site are different from the initial application. Responsible environmental management sometimes means having to drive to the permit office to get the permit in your hands so the project can continue. That's our kind of 'going the extra mile'!
Transmission lines are integral for getting the energy produced around the country to the grid, however linear projects such as power lines and pipelines have a whole suite of environmental impacts which need to be mitigated by the project team. On this particular project the impact on an eagle species, more specifically the Martial Eagle, was a new challenge.
Arbor Day was initially promoted by Mr J Sterling Morton in 1872 with the slogan "other holidays repose upon the past; Arbor Day proposes for the future". We're big fans of Arbor Day and here are some stories from the field.
Many projects which NCC manage generate a fair amount of reuseable waste, which is often encouraged to be redistributed to the community to benefit the surrounding areas. Caspa Neluheni, working on a project in Limpopo, shares his story of redistribution to a local school.
In February 2015, our resident career guidance guru, Phindi Mthembu attended another career guidance day close to her site in KwaZulu-Natal, sharing her knowledge on environmental management and developing a career in this every changing and exciting industry.
NCC Environmental Services has long been involved in the execution of linear projects from pipelines to power lines. Our main role on the project is to advise on project compliance and monitor said compliance in line with the project documentation and legislation.
As is the nature of a lot of the projects within the Construction Environmental Management Unit, some present exciting opportunities to incorporate research into the day to day lives of the Environmental Manager on site. On a site up the West Coast of South Africa, the potential for analysing the effectiveness of ‘whirley bird repellers’ was realised, and researcher (and Environmental Control Officer) Nandi Gumede reported back on the results.
On the 5th December 2014, Nandi Gumede, Environmental Manager and GreenMatter fellow, was asked to be a part of an environmental education day at Betty's Bay in the Western Cape, with the intention to give back and inspire the youth to consider careers in Biodiversity.
Since May 2014 an interesting new development has been in the 'construction phase' at the Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme just outside Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal - a site Veggie Garden! Just 4 months into the 'project' and the veggie garden has had it's first very healthy harvest of turnips, an exciting achievement, even for a construction site!