After practicing Architecture for 16 years, Sandra obtained a Masters degree in Environmental Management at UCT in 2003. Thereafter she consulted independently and worked in association with the Environmental Evaluation Unit, UCT. Her work at the EEU spanned various sectors and disciplines and required engagement with a wide diversity of stakeholders including government, the private sector, NGOs and civil society groups. Sandra led the Environmental Management and Sustainability node within the EEU for the period 2009 -2011. 

At the EEU, Sandra was responsible for managing several complex projects in the field of environmental assessment and sustainable development. These projects were wide-ranging and included those concerned with integrating environmental sustainability considerations into Integrated Development Planning processes at the local government level to Environmental Impact Assessments for a range of renewable energy projects in the Western Cape. 

From 2008-2014 Sandra has worked on a contract basis for the UCT’s Properties and Services Department as a sustainability advisor and works closely with the student movement, the Green Campus Initiative (GCI). She is a guest lecturer in a range of departments at UCT.

Independent consulting work in the last decade has focused on built environment projects, providing input to sustainable design, construction, materials, building operation, and feasibility studies of greening interventions and retrofits. Sandra has been an Accredited Professional of the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) since 2009, and can undertake assessments and certifications in terms of the Green Star SA rating tools. 

SERVICES 

  • Sustainability strategies, assessments and reporting
  • Environmental policy, plan and guideline development
  • Carbon footprint reporting and mitigation plans
  • Sustainable design and building materials
  • Residential ‘greening’
  • Green Star SA Assessments and certifications
  • Project management, facilitation and coordination

 

INDEPENDENT CONSULTING

 

Sustainability consultant to Properties + Services

2008-2014

Responsible for the development of the UCT Green Campus Action Plan;  facilitating the implementation of the sustainability strategies; engagement on various university forums and the Green Campus Initiative student movement; contribution to academic programs; and annual sustainability reporting and carbon footprinting.

 

Vunani Property Investment Fund

2013-2014

Greening of the existing commercial buildings in the portfolio; assessment against the Pilot Existing Buildings Performance Rating Tool of the GBCSA.

 

 Lentegeur Psychiatric Hospital, Mitchells Plain, Cape Town

2011-2013

Sustainability consulting; development of a Green Hospital Strategy Plan 2012; and a Landscape Masterplan and Management Framework 2013 in association with Bluegreen Planning, for the Lentegeur Facility Board (Mid 2011 - 2013).

  • A World Design Capital 2014 project
  • A flagship project of the 110% Green Programme of the Provincial Government of the Western Cape


The Boulevard Office Park, Salt River, Cape Town

2008-2009

Green Building specialist for 40 000m² office park comprising 7 buildings in Salt River for Faircape Properties. Design input and assessment in terms of the GBCSA Pilot Office Rating Tool.

 

Fire and Ice Hotel, Cape Town, Protea Hotels

2007-2008

Architect and sustainability consultant in design phase, in association with Zollner Architects.

 

 Elkanah House High School Campus, Sunningdale, Cape Town

2004-2008

Sustainability Consultant in design and construction phases;  provided design input for a new High School campus comprising Classrooms, a Theatre, Library, Ancillary Hall/Cafeteria, Administrative block, with related gardens and sports facilities.

  • Afrisam-South African Institute of Architects: Awards for Sustainable Architecture 2012 - Commendation

 

Integrated Management Plan, Parliamentary Precinct, Cape Town

2006-2007

Project Coordinator, research and contributor for the Conservation Management Plan and Integrated Management Plan for the Department of Public Works, in association with Bam Zöllner Architects.

 

Life Sciences Building (Competition), University of the Western Cape

2006

Sustainability consultant for an architectural competition for the University of Western Cape, in association with Dhk Architects and PJ Carew Consulting. The design was selected as the winning entry and construction was completed in 2010.

 

Umtentweni Eco-village Conceptual Masterplan, South Coast

2006

Competition entry for Hibiscus Coast Municipality in association with Design Three Sixty architects. The project was short-listed with two others for the winning entry.

 

 

PROJECTS IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE ENVIRONMENTAL EVALUATION UNIT, UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

 

Solar energy facility (10 MW) near Sutherland, Northern Cape

2010-2011

 Basic Assessment for a 10MW solar energy (PV) facility for Inca Energy (Pty) Ltd. Environmental Authorization received from Department of Environmental Affairs.

 

Mainstreaming the Environment & Sustainable Development in IDPs

2010-2011

Research, engagement with and training of municipal members in the Eden and West Coast Districts (focus on Saldanha) towards mainstreaming environmental and sustainable development issues into Integrated Development Plans, for the Table Mountain Fund.

 

Touwsrivier Solar Energy Facility, Western Cape

2009-2010

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for a 250 ha, 50MW Solar Energy Facility for Concentrix Solar (Germany) in Touwsrivier. Environmental Authorization received. Facility expected to feed electricity into national grid in 2014

 

Kerriefontein and Darling Wind Farm, Western Cape

2010-2011

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for a 20MW extension to existing Darling Wind Farm the CK Darling IPP (Pty) Ltd comprising 14-16 turbines of 1.5MWxxx turbines. Environmental Authorization received.

 

Guidelines for the Greening of Large Sports Events – Training

2009

Development and presentation of training seminars to national, provincial and municipal officials involved in preparations for the 2010 World Cup soccer for the Department of Environment and Tourism (DEAT)

 

Guidelines for the Greening of Large Sports Events

2008

Researcher and contributor on the development of Guidelines for the Greening of Large Sports Events for the Department of Environment and Tourism (DEAT), in association with the Environmental Evaluation Unit, UCT and Steadfast Greening.


Western Cape Integrated Development Planning Toolkit

2008-2009

Project Manager on the compilation of the Western Cape Integrated Development Planning Toolkit for the national Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT).


Sustainable Development Implementation Plan

2006

Project coordination, research and stakeholder engagement on the development of a Western Cape Provincial Government Sustainable Development Implementation Plan for the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEA&DP) with Incite Sustainability.

 

Integration of Environmental Planning into Land Reform

2006

Environmental Management Specialist in the programme of field-based training and seminars for government officials for the national Department of Land Affairs (DLA).


Macassar Dunes Eco-trail Project

2005-2007

Project Coordinator for a project aimed at biodiversity conservation and sustainable utilization of resources, in partnership with local government (City of Cape Town) and local communities (Khayelitsha + Macassar) towards Co-management of the area. Funded by USAID, the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) and the National Lotteries Board. Project value R4 million. An Environmental Impact Assessment was undertaken for this project.


The DIY Home Insulation Kit Project

2003-2004

Researcher and Project Co-coordinator - to research and develop sustainable insulation materials for low-income housing, in partnership with the City of Cape Town, funded by national Department of Housing.

 

Big Bay Residential development in Blaauwberg, Cape Town

2004-2006

Conducted annual audits of compliance against the Construction Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for the Big Bay residential development for the Blaauwberg Administration.