Integrating Water and Energy Engineering with Ecotourism in a Costa Rican Aboriginal Community

EPA Grant Number: SU835720
Title: Integrating Water and Energy Engineering with Ecotourism in a Costa Rican Aboriginal Community
Investigators: Reinhold, Dawn , Liao, Wei
Institution: Michigan State University , Technological Institute of Costa Rica
EPA Project Officer: Hahn, Intaek
Phase: I
Project Period: August 15, 2014 through August 14, 2015
Project Amount: $15,000
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Research Category: Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , P3 Challenge Area - Energy , P3 Challenge Area - Water , P3 Awards , Sustainability

Objective:

This project aims to develop an integrated water-wastewater-energy system for ecotourism development in Costa Rica lead by the Shuabb Aborigine Women Association.

Approach:

The system will integrate green technologies to 1) obtain water for human consumption, 2) generate energy for cooking, 3) treat solid waste and wastewater produced in the ecotourism complex, and 4) demonstrate the economic and ecotourism value of this kind of development in a region with limited access to public services, but great environmental richness.

Expected Results:

The project is expected to develop a system to provide clean water, pathogen free human waste disposal, sustainable energy for cooking, fertilizer for an active wetland, and pleasant aesthetics. Additionally, the project is expected to increase awareness of sanitation, sustainability, and ecosystem protection in an aboriginal community.

Supplemental Keywords:

anaerobic digestion, bioenergy, international development, ecological engineering

Relevant Websites:

P3 Phase 2: Integrating Water and Energy Engineering with Ecotourism in a Costa Rican Aboriginal Community

Progress and Final Reports:

  • Final
  • P3 Phase II:

    Integrating Water and Energy Engineering with Ecotourism in a Costa Rican Aboriginal Community  | 2016 Progress Report