Imagine Durban, hosted the Sustainable Living Exhibition from September 2-4, 2011. This is the second such exhibition, which has become an annual event. The Sustainable Living Exhibition was developed to showcase individuals, organizations, government departments and businesses working to promote sustainable development in and around eThekwini Municipality. The exhibition provides a suitable platform for engaging the public on sustainability while also allowing a diverse group of exhibitors to network and learn from one another across sectoral boundaries.
The 2011 Sustainable Living Exhibition built on the success of the first event. There were 121 exhibitors displaying booths as diverse as organic farming and informal recycling NGOs to solar water geyser businesses and environmental conservation societies. The three-day event welcomed 7,200 adults from the general public, and 5,112 students from throughout the Municipality.
The Sustainable Living Exhibition puts a particular emphasis on student involvement since they represent the leaders of the future. Sixty-two schools were bused in from throughout eThekwini Municipality, including a special effort on behalf of Imagine Durban to organize transportation for disabled students. An educational activity (maze) was developed using the layout plan of the exhibition to encourage exploration of exhibits and to keep the event exciting for the many youth.
The response from visitors and exhibitors was overwhelmingly positive. Imagine Durban has been gathering feedback from the exhibition which will be used to expand the participation and the impact for next year’s event.
This year’s Sustainable Living Exhibition was embraced by local political officials. The mayor of eThekwini Municipality, James Nxumalo, is pictured visiting an exhibit for household water conservation.
The Imagine Durban and a team of local volunteers came together to ensure that the 2011 Sustainable Living Exhibition was a success.
The Sustainable Living Exhibition is targeted towards students. Over 5000 students attended the 2011 Sustainable Living Exhibition.