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Monday, July 11, 2016

An Energy Boost for Coffee

In Costa Rica, coffee is ingrained in the country’s culture and heritage. With some 50,000 producers, mostly small-scale farmers, and 230 coffee mills, the industry is a large exporter and rural employer. It also accounts for about 9 percent of national greenhouse gas emissions. A number of initiatives are underway to reduce the coffee industry’s carbon footprint and help Costa Rica reach its goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2021.
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Monday, July 11, 2016

DID YOU KNOW?

More Facts about Aluminum Recycling
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Monday, July 11, 2016

ECPA HIGHLIGHTS (April-July)

Pairing Metrology and Energy Efficiency for Effectively Advancing Low Carbon Growth in the Americas
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Monday, June 13, 2016

Attention to the Water-Energy Nexus in Latin America Long Overdue

Recent studies argue that population growth and rapid urbanization will increase energy demand, exerting more pressure on natural water sources in the region. For two days, field experts from the public, private and academic sectors, met in Panama City to review best practices and regulatory frameworks that can contribute to a more integrated management of both resources.
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Monday, June 13, 2016

Cultivating the next circular economy generation

To raise awareness among the academic sector and promote the implementation of closed loop cycle production methods, are among the components of the Closed Loop Cycle Production in the Americas (CLCPA) Program. To this end, the Department of Sustainable Development (DSD) of the Organization of American States (OAS) conveyed the first edition of a Design Workshop on Closed Loop Cycle Production and Circular Economy in Bogota and Medellin, Colombia. The workshops concluded with a design challenge were 40 Industrial Design students competed to design sustainable packaging solutions. The winners will support CLCPA’s local pilot projects.
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Monday, June 13, 2016

Sustainable Communities in Central America and the Caribbean initiative successfully convenes its sixth and seventh course editions

With the goal of promoting greater hemispheric cooperation to address the numerous challenges that rapid urbanization poses to the region, the Permanent Mission of the United States to the Organization of American States (OAS) partnered with the OAS in 2013 to launch Sustainable Communities in Central America and the Caribbean. This technical assistance and competitive small-grants initiative that has supported 24 community-level demonstration projects in 10 countries and has trained over 180 government officials and civil society representatives through the implementation of four-day Sustainable Cities Courses. Santo Domingo and Guatemala City hosted its last two editions in April and May, respectively.
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Monday, June 13, 2016

Uprooted Lives: The Effects of Climate Change on Migration

In early 1999, less than three months after Hurricane Mitch had plowed through his fields, wiping out the corn, potatoes, and other crops he had planted, Israel Baíl headed for the United States to take his chances as an undocumented immigrant. Now back in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, he looks back on that decision as his only option at the time. “The hurricane destroyed my crops and I couldn’t pay my debts,” he explained.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Ties between Water and Energy

Most consumers may not give it a thought when they turn on a tap or switch on a light, but water and energy are highly interdependent. It takes water—lots of it—to produce most types of energy, and it takes energy to extract, pump, treat, and transport water. As demand for both grows, citizens and governments are becoming more aware of the need to better manage the relationship between these vital resources. A conference later this month in Panama will continue a regional dialogue on the “water-energy nexus” that will help shape so many critical decisions in the future.
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Monday, May 9, 2016

A Project with Sizzle

In Guatemala City, a small pilot project to produce biodiesel from recycled cooking oil has shown so much potential that its organizers are hoping to scale it up to help power a whole fleet of city vehicles—with clear benefits for the air and water.
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Monday, May 9, 2016

Clean Energy Financial Opportunity

A Notice of Funding Opportunity (NFO) for the Clean Energy Finance Facility - Caribbean and Central America - CEFF-CCA was formally presented last week at the U.S. – Caribbean - Central American Energy Summit, hosted by U.S. Vice President Biden and attended by distinguished delegations from the countries of the CCA regions, including a number of heads of state.
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