Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured
Our cycle proposal CER (Clear, Educate, Rebuild) is significantly more efficient and economic than other types of waste treatment, since it generates energy, fertilizers and raw materials for making clean elements for construction (made locally and energy renewable). This requires less transportation and less carbon emissions -Zero reject.
At the same time, the PL 1269/07 Zero Waste, Sustainable Architecture, Renewable Energy and its municipal replication, support the concept of synergistic project. An alternative highly feasible and economically viable to solve two of the biggest challenges of our society today: (1) waste disposal and clean, (2) sustainable affordable housing. In short, the eradication of all forms of TRASH and POVERTY on Land or Sea
This project benefits all sectors of society, who are encouraged by the new productivity of local plants - the fishermen by the higher productivity of fish by increasing algae - a natural consequence of biomass biostabilized placed in the waters of the Sea; individuals in the community that will able to produce clean building elements; farmers by providing fertilizers to forests and plantations. In Ecological Sustainable Sanctuaries we will gather bamboo to replace timber in Architecture, produce essential oils, oil plants to grow organic resins. In summary, it will provide benefits to the entire society with the cleanest environment, farming and reforestation programs, access to housing and sustainable harbors.
In addition to socio-environmental impact, the energy generated from the waste can be sold back to the cities - which is valuable cash flow to maximize returns for investors in this project.
The RAD's in the coastlines and the clean power plants in the land will turn all sorts of waste into new uses, providing market returns for potential investors, while the Ecological Sustainable Sanctuaries will recover the environment around the cities.
Our work in Ubatuba is through buildings constructed and empowering communities (thanks to a postdoctoral grant from the architect Marcia Macul and an international partnerships with the Architects Without Borders and a group of students of Architecture of Barcelona). Currently the City Hall and Cetesb pledged to support the deployment of Clean Power Plants in the city - an idea intensified after the approval of the National Solid Waste Policy. The next meeting with local politicians we will define the priority of our project.
In the second half of this year, we will start training workshops for sustainable housing in the State of Sergipe, aiming to reach 14 local towns. We will also teach people displaced by the rains in the State of Rio de Janeiro to build their own homes. The amount of garbage turned into clean materials for sustainable architecture can eliminate the slums of the country in less than 5 years. Because of the simplicity and scalability of this project, important steps are now possible to make a internationally recognized solution.
All this is measured by the commitment of our team (which increases significantly and works without payment) and receptivity of the people involved and trained - in Land and Sea. The growth of interest leads the formulation of a new “bioeconomy”.
How will your project evolve over the next three years?
The partnerships with the RAD Environment, Forestry Noble IBRADES and municipalities, we seek the necessary financial resources to build a clean power plant / Sustainable Sanctuary to consolidate the model and the goal of sustainability. The successful completion of a pilot project will be an important step to allow the replication and dissemination of the method in Brazil and internationally, demonstrating the effectiveness, financial, environmental and social attractiveness, and its scalability. The partnerships with entrepreneurs will create new capabilities for the organization, as well as the approval of the current project of law (state and municipal) and replication throughout Brazil. An online platform is in development.