The Bio-Itzá Reserve Eco-Cottage Senior Design Team from Colorado School of Mines designed and modeled a self-sustaining eco-village to help generate a sustainable source of revenue for the Maya-Itzá community in Northern Guatemala. The project was broken down into three technical subsystems that addressed water, power, and living accommodations. In addition, extensive community engagement was used to incorporate the feelings of the villagers and to sustain the Maya-Itzá culture. While the technical subsystems were interconnected and complex, it was the community outreach that lent this project its unique flair. The team traveled to the site in Guatemala and maintained communication with the community to investigate the site, hold a community assessment meeting, and ensure that the final design represented the goals of the Bio-Itzá community. Ultimately, the team and community collaborated on a design of three cottages with rain catchment and off grid power systems to best accomplish the community's conservation goals. The design also included retrofitting an existing structure, building a storage structure to house the power system, and designing a pavilion for medicinal plant workshops. The team was thrilled to collaborate with the Maya-Itzá community and was proud to present constructions drawings, deliverables for marketing, and future recommendations to contribute to the community's mission for conservation and preserving their culture. This intent of this Global Grant is to implement the building retrofits, the water and power systems, and the educational pavilion. If possible, the grant will also include micro-financing for the cottages themselves.
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Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.