July 1, 12 – 1pm (EDT) CSU Lecture Series GREEN CITIES 2021: TSHWANE, South Africa; Virtual event

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The focus of the discussion will be the establishment of the City Sustainability Unit of the City of Tshwane in 2013, key milestones and successes, and opportunities and barriers to mainstreaming sustainability and climate action in the Tshwane context.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to . . .

  1. Describe the creation, role, and responsibilities of the City Sustainability Unit in the City of Tshwane, northern Gauteng Province, South Africa. The City of Tshwane is the metropolitan municipality that is centered on the city of Pretoria with surrounding towns and localities included in the local government area.

  2. Understand the City Sustainability Unit’s key milestones and successes, and opportunities and barriers to mainstreaming sustainability and climate action in the Tshwane context.

  3. Illustrate the issues of new building efficiency in the context of changing climate, with a focus on cities in emerging economies.

  4. Identify how the City of Tshwane, as a part of the C40 South Africa Buildings Programme, with funding from the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, accelerated the development and implementation of transformational energy efficiency policies and programmes, working towards zero carbon performance.


Marion Waller is Advisor to the Mayor of Paris, in charge of architecture, , urban landscape, green spaces and funerary monuments. She has previously worked for the Deputy Mayor in charge of urban planning Jean-Louis Missika and has helped deploy “Reinventing Paris”, the international call for innovative urban projects that was then exported to other European cities. She is an urbanist and a philosopher specialized in environmental studies and has published her first book in 2016, “Artefacts Naturels”, about ecological restoration and ways of “reinhabiting” nature.

Stanley Blessings Nyanyirai is Director of Strategy and Research Development for the City of Tshwane. He has a MPhil in Sustainable Development Planning and Management from the School of Public Leadership at Stellenbach University and an MBA from the University of Zimbabwe where he also received a Bsc(Hons) in Natural Resources Economics. While working for the ASPIRES SA Project of Save the Children International he provided oversight and management of economic strengthening and health programmes, partner capacity building, enterprise development, workforce labour market development, and job placement policy. Previously he served as Managing Director of the Tshwane Leadership Foundation.


Fredric (Rick) Bell is Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University where he also serves as Deputy Director of the Center for Buildings, Infrastructure and Public Space. He has also taught at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark. Rick is a registered architect in New York and New Jersey and previously served as Executive Director of Design and Construction Excellence at the New York City Department of Design and Construction. At DDC he was also Chief Architect and Assistant Commissioner of Architecture and Engineering.