The world famous wine farm’s new conferencing facilities are greener than ever and leading the way in South Africa.
With rising temperatures and water shortages, it’s never been more important for businesses to do their bit for the environment. One of the easiest ways to do so is by choosing meeting venues with rock-solid green credentials.
With its conscious conferencing packages, Spier in the Cape Winelands has long offered sustainably-minded conferencing solutions. Now, it sets the bar even higher following a R1m refurbishment of its facilities which include 12 meeting venues with varying capacities, including a 430-seater auditorium and three conference rooms which can be used separately or combined to seat 150 delegates.
The upgrade includes the installation of temperature-regulating glass sliding doors at the conference centre’s entrance, soundproof double doors for its auditorium, and the creation of the new Tamboer Lounge, as well as water-saving motion-sensor taps and waterless urinals – adding to the farm’s already 400 water-saving devices.
100% of Spier’s black and grey wastewater is recycled by an eco-friendly treatment plant. The treated water is then re-used in the wine-tasting room toilets and for irrigation. The farm’s solid waste is recycled and measured – with only 1,2% currently being sent to landfill (98,8% is recycled on the farm). In addition, organic waste is composted and used on the farm. Other green initiatives include energy-efficient lighting, filtered tap water bottled in reusable glass bottles, notepads made from recycled paper and pens made from 100% recycled newspaper. Leftover stationery can be donated to surrounding schools.
Delegates can arrange customised group activities to the Tree-preneurs indigenous nursery, wastewater treatment plant and participate in guided nature walks. Conferences are also invited to work with Spier and the Pack for Purpose programme to make a broader impact in the local community whilst conferencing at Spier.
Sustainability extends to the menu too – with an emphasis on healthy, local and organic ingredients. Spier’s Farmer Angus supplies eggs and chicken – happily reared on pastures without antibiotics or hormones. The farm’s food garden offers seasonal fresh produce grown without the use of fertilisers, pesticides or artificial chemicals.
“Making a positive impact on our environment is embedded into the way we do business,” says Joep Schoof, Spier’s GM. “Our conferencing venues are enabling the businesses and delegates we host to make a difference too.”
Source: The South African