The Power of Water and Volcanoes: Costa Rica’s Remarkable Renewable Energy Record

Costa Rica has set an amazing record. For the first 75 days of 2015, the Central American nation powered the entire country with renewable energy. Now they’re looking to geothermal power solutions to meet their 2021 goal of being completely carbon neutral.

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Providing Incentives for Good Health Practices

Healthcare is one of the most fundamental aspects of human lives being addressed by NGOs and non-profits. Programs are regularly forced to choose between addressing acute and chronic conditions, or proving preventative services. The Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC) has been implementing a Micro Health Insurance program that offers mostly preventative services while providing limited treatment. The …

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Growing Vegetables on Lakes and Rivers

Professor Ricardo Radulovich of the University of Costa Rica has been working on techniques for growing vegetables on rafts and flotation devices. Over the past decade he and his team have developed several techniques for growing lettuce, tomato, cucumber and cantaloupe melons, among others. Some of the plant roots are allowed to drag through the water while others are reliant upon cotton …

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Turning Sewage Problems into a Resource

  Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL) is converting human waste into compost in rural and urban communities in Haiti. Through specialized toilet systems, they have been able to collect and process materials from 14,000 people living in Port-au-Prince and another 10,000 people in northern Haiti. When they open a new toilet, they also host a “Toilet Inauguration” party that teaches …

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