A Green Mind: A Sustainable, Smart Growth Plan for Muramba, Rwanda

EPA Grant Number: SU832509
Title: A Green Mind: A Sustainable, Smart Growth Plan for Muramba, Rwanda
Investigators: Amadei, Bernard , Bosco, Musinguzi John , Butare, Albert
Current Investigators: Amadei, Bernard , Barry, Patrick , Beggs, Kate , Benson, Mitchell , Boulden, James , Elliott, Iain , Gold, Maximilian , Goluskin, David , Hageman, Clarissa , Herbert, Aliea , Jannetto, Johnny , Kalinic, Niko , Kelly, Charlie , Levy, Sari , Muzaffar, Burhan , Odell, Darby , Parish, Muramba , Streifel, Karin , Thomas, Evan , VanSciver, Meg , de l’Armeé, Avenue
Institution: University of Colorado at Boulder
Current Institution: University of Colorado at Boulder , Engineers Without Borders-USA
EPA Project Officer: Nolt-Helms, Cynthia
Phase: I
Project Period: October 17, 2005 through May 30, 2006
Project Amount: $9,996
RFA: P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (2005) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: P3 Challenge Area - Built Environment , Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , P3 Awards , Sustainability


Green living is a necessity today as we begin to globally strive for sustainability. The development of a green community in Muramba, Rwanda is an excellent example because green development may significantly improve the lives of thousands as well as the environment. Sustainable solutions to problems in Muramba must include measures to diversify the current water portfolio in order to improve serious water quality and quantity issues. The collection of rainwater provides safe drinking water at relatively low cost and is the primary focus of this proposal. Rainwater catchment can yield significant amounts water in countries like Rwanda that receive high annual rainfall. Other studies include solar powered lighting and drip irrigation. Pilot studies of these three topics will be completed in January and March 2005 in local schools, chosen for their high-visibility and large roof areas. Enough water and energy will be potentially provided to serve over 700 villagers from these pilot studies alone. In addition, the local vocational school can adapt this renewable technology into their curriculum, providing opportunities for micro-enterprising and education. The results of these pilot studies will be used to expand these systems to the surrounding areas. Ultimately, this project may influence up to 12,000 Rwandan villagers.

Publications and Presentations:

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Supplemental Keywords:

water, drinking water, precipitation, children, race, ethnic groups, pathogens, viruses, bacteria, particulates, organics, organism, dissolved solids, sustainable development, renewable, community-based, socio-economic, smart growth, micro-enterprise, green engineering, health benefits, water quality, water quantity, citizen participation, environmental engineering, civil engineering, sustainable environment, green building design, green design, holistic design, rain catchment, environmental education, human health, RFA, Scientific Discipline, Geographic Area, Sustainable Industry/Business, POLLUTION PREVENTION, waste reduction, Sustainable Environment, Technology for Sustainable Environment, International, Environmental Engineering, Urban and Regional Planning, Rawanda, sustainable development, waste minimization, green design, holistic design, drinking water, ecological design, environmental conscious construction, green building design, alternative building technology, engineering, pollution prevention design, collaborative urban planning, environmentally conscious design, architectual design

Progress and Final Reports:

  • Final Report