Renewable bio-based circular material economies in timber, post-agricultural by-products and plant-based bioremediation

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GUATEMALA

Yale CEA is resuming our work with Ecolibri, to develop a series of bioremediation systems for energy, food, air and water quality, throughout the village of San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala.

Lake Atitlán, Guatemala, 2022

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PLEA 2016 Los Angeles: Towards Regenerative Environments (2017)

Mae-Ling Lokko, Anna Dyson + Alexandra Rempel (2017)

Academic/National Labs: Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute (IMAP), ENGOCA Public School, San Juan La Laguna

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Image: Aerial View of the village of San Juan La Laguna, Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

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how can we harness climatically adapted technologies to transform lives?

partners
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Academic/National Labs: Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute (IMAP), ENGOCA Public School, San Juan La Laguna

Mae-Ling Lokko, Anna Dyson + Alexandra Rempel (2017)

PLEA 2016 Los Angeles: Towards Regenerative Environments (2017)

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In Guatemala, poverty disproportionately affects the indigenous population, where many cannot afford the basic food basket. The livelihood of regional subsistence farmers has been greatly impacted by recent extended dry seasons, driven primarily by global climate change, exploitation of natural resources, degraded and depleted land, small plot sizes, as well as lack of access to finances, agricultural supplies, and technical assistance.


Surrounding Lake Atitlán, land degradation and deforestation, caused by excessive consumption of firewood, is having a devastating impact on the local environment. In addition to this, water quality is greatly impaired because of improper agricultural practices that contaminate the surrounding ecosystem. Municipal water is rationed across villages two to three times per week. This water is unfiltered and unprocessed. It is potentially contaminated by agricultural runoff and can harbor waterborne disease-producing pathogens.

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To address the challenges to improve indoor environmental quality, we are collaborating with Ecolibri, to design integrated plant wall infrastructures that simultaneously remediate indoor air, produce food, and filter water. Through these highly-adaptable novel systems, we can mitigate waterborne illness, eliminate harmful pathogens through on-site solar-powered chemistry, generate a full nutritional profile for families, and purify indoor air.

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