Parent Organization: Community Service Organizations

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) UVM is one of the many student chapters of EWB-USA.  We feel that everyone has the right to the fundamental necessities of life especially access to clean water and air.  Our goal is to use our knowledge and creativity to work with developing communities to get over the barriers preventing them from obtaining these basic needs.

Our oven project has been completed and closed as of Fall 2012. It concerned reengineering sugar cane ovens in Honduras as the current design was inefficient and unsafe to the population and environment due to inappropriate fuel source usage, namely with the burning of tires. We constructed a test oven at our project site, located at the UVM biological research center, to test efficiency and emissions. We conducted oven testing in the spring, and submitted our design to CDAE and closed the project with EWB-USA. 
We are currently starting work on a Biodigester Project in Otavalo, Ecuador. The community in Otavalo currently uses propane to power their stoves, but the price of propane is expected to increase. By implementing a biodigester, methane can be captured from the many farmers that live in the community, which can be used as an economically and environmentally friendly substitute to propane. EWB-UVM students plan on traveling in the Fall of 2017 to Ecuador to assess the current conditions in Otavalo and discuss future plans for the project.
We will be continuing to work on the pre-assessment process for our Ecuador project and always love to have new members. If you would like more information or want to get involved, please feel free to email the Co-President, Sam Marano at Samuel.Marano@uvm.edu or our President, at Sienna.Roberge@uvm.edu
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Burlington, VT 05405