Research Grants/Fellowships/SBIR

Using CODE-PSID to Coordinate the Integrated Development of Environmentally Friendly Sustainable Water Infrastructure and Economic Development in El Convento, Honduras

EPA Grant Number: SU833941
Title: Using CODE-PSID to Coordinate the Integrated Development of Environmentally Friendly Sustainable Water Infrastructure and Economic Development in El Convento, Honduras
Investigators: Jones, Sharon A. , Hutchinson, Gladstone
Current Investigators: Smith, Joshua , Brandes, David , Hutchinson, Gladstone , Jones, Sharon A.
Institution: Lafayette College
EPA Project Officer: Nolt-Helms, Cynthia
Phase: I
Project Period: August 31, 2008 through July 31, 2009
Project Amount: $10,000
RFA: P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (2008) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: P3 Challenge Area - Agriculture , P3 Challenge Area - Water , Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , P3 Awards , Sustainability

Objective:

Under previous P3 grants, we developed a sustainable development framework (CODE-PSI) that students can use to accomplish rural water infrastructure projects in developing countries. In this project, we will adapt CODE-PSI so that it can be used to also promote integrated economic activities supported by the water system. We will use the modified CODE-PSI to identify several prioritized alternatives for the target village of El Convento, Honduras.

Approach:

The project will be completed by a multi-disciplinary group of undergraduates in a combination of two courses titled, EP480: Sustainable Solutions offered by the Engineering Division, and VAST: Human Security as a Global Public Good: The Global Environment, Health Care and Disparities in Economic Opportunities offered by the Economics and Business Department. Students groups will also travel to El Convento in August 2008 and January 2008 to ensure community involvement throughout the process. We will assess the results of the project using pre- and post-project community household surveys, pre- and post-course reflection statements, degree of student involvement including multidisciplinary roles, and progress towards the implementation of specific projects in the community.

Expected Results:

a) modified CODE-PSI manual (hard copy and electronic copy), b) conceptual design for a community-chosen potable water system in El Convento, and c) business plan for the community-based economic activities supported by the chosen potable water system in El Convento.

Publications and Presentations:

Publications have been submitted on this project: View all 4 publications for this project

Progress and Final Reports:

Final Report