Alexandra Logan | WWF South Africa

Alexandra Logan



Posted on 01 January 2015
Alexandra Logan is a Masters intern at WWF-SA.
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After completing a BSc Earth Science (Hons) and Sustainable Development and Climate Change (MSc) from Stellenbosch University and University of Cape Town, Alexandra joined The Green House as part of the WWF South Africa Internship Programme.

We caught up with her to find out how it’s going.

1. What sparked your passion for a career in the sector?
I’ve always been passionate about the bushveld and it needs to be preserved. I wanted to pick a field that I was truly interested in and would fascinate me daily.

2. What’s the coolest project you’ve worked on during your internship?
The Mitigation Potential Analysis (MPA) for South Africa that involved transferring the current MPA to a user-friendly interface. The Mitigation Potential Analysis identifies and analyses the mitigation potential in key sectors of the South African economy ranging from industry, energy, transport and agriculture. It involved updating the projection of greenhouse gases, generation marginal abatement cost curves and conducting socio-economic assessments of each sector. The original MPA was modelling in Excel. The project I have been working on has been moving the MPA from Excel to a user-friendly interface, Analytica, to facilitate future changes and updates to the model. As part of the project, I have learnt how to model on Analytica, written training manuals and planned training exercises, modelled several sectors and learnt about different sectors of the South Africa economy, the mitigation potential, emissions projections etc. I have also been involved in training officials from the Department of Environmental Affairs on how to model the MPA in Analytica. As part of the project, I have learnt how to model on Analytica, written training manuals and planned training exercises, modelled several sectors and learnt about each sector of the South Africa economy, the mitigation potential, emissions projections etc. I have also been involved in training the Department of Environmental Affairs on how to model the MPA in Analytica.

3. What value has the internship brought to you?
It’s been a major learning experience. I have learnt a new skills set and it has given me insight into a variety of sectors of the South African economy and the mitigation potential. It’s also allowed me to build confidence in myself.

4. What has been the most valuable experience?
The most valuable thing has been being part of a variety of projects over the course of the internship.

5. What is your fondest memory of the internship?
I’ll miss our “Fun Friday” games where we’d get together to play and socialise. This normally involved some good food and fun games ranging from Lego, Bananagram and Jenga. It lightens the atmosphere and brings a good feeling to the office.

6. What advice you would give to a young person planning to enter the environmental sector?
Be open-minded. It’s a large and multi-disciplinary field so you might start out wanting to do one thing and fall in love with another aspect. Don’t be afraid to explore.

7. What do you think makes SA’s environmental future so bright?
Interns, mentors, and organisations involved in the Internship Programme are extremely talented and dedicated to the environment. Their passion and commitment charts a path for our future.
Alexandra Logan is a Masters intern at WWF-SA.
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