Sarah Alsen

Director, Bioregional South Africa

Sarah comes from a nursing background and completed an Honours in Nature Conservation in South Africa and a Masters in Environmental Science at London University.

She started work with Bioregional on a volunteer basis in 1997 while still nursing, and worked with Sue Riddlestone on the MiniMills project in its infancy and subsequently, the Local Paper for London and Surrey schemes respectively, till 2003.  Sarah did some environmental consultancy work in Cape Town in 1999 / 2000 and then back in the UK joined the One Planet Communities programme part time in 2005. Returning again to South Africa Sarah founded Bioregional South Africa in Durban in 2009 and is currently a Green Star accredited professional with the Green Building Council of South Africa.

In between some activism, such as running an anti-single use plastic bag campaign in her neighbourhood, and being a mother to two daughters, Sarah loves being an African again – camping, hiking, swimming in the sea and game viewing. Her current motto: ‘In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.’

Blog posts by Sarah Alsen

Lessons from South Africa: One Planet Living on a budget – part 2

A classroom refurbishment project in Durban had a tight budget Read More

Lessons from South Africa: One Planet Living on a budget

A classroom refurbishment project in Durban, South Africa had a Read More

Building a Sustainable City

The International Union of Architects World Congress 2014 is just days Read More