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Posted by iftekhar On October - 19 - 2020 0 Comment

With the many challenges facing the world, what should FWOP and its partners do to contribute to solutions? FWOP can turn around local areas, states, and nations. Our roles may be socio-economic initiatives that challenge typical ways of organizing our world – what Karl Mannheim called ‘utopia’ – realistic futures to work toward.

Costa Rica: ‘Utopia’
In 2017, under the leadership of Dr. Eliecer Vargas, the FWOP Summit was held at CATIE (  Since then two major initiatives have emerged. First, under Rotary leadership (Karen McDaniels) and funding, the RETUS ( ), a women’s business network focused on sustainable rural tourism, has become much stronger. Second, FWOP met Diving With A Purpose (DWP) ( at the FWOP Summit in Nashville in 2018.  As a result, DWP has become a partner with Centro Comunitario de Buceo Embajadores y Embajadoras del Mar in Costa Rica’s Southern Caribbean training center for young people in diving and tourism.

After the seminars in Florida and Costa Rica in 2019, a seminar has been planned for 2021 in Costa Rica. Now with nation government interest, the goal is establish a sister DWP in Costa Rica. Coral restoration, sustainable tourism, and jobs are the major goals for a new organization. It became clear that RETUS and Centro Comunitario share some common goals. Recently the Butterfly Business which is part of RETUS has set up a satellite office near Centro Comunitario in southwest Costa Rica.

On a smaller scale, Rotary has helped up four aquaponics units near CATIE. Locals have added two more units and some restaurants are considering establishing units on site. With the renovation of Sustainable House with Rotary funds,  RETUS how has business office at House and a place to meet.

 Is Costa Rica a sustainable model for other nations?   As one reviews various global indices, Costa Rica ranks high on such criteria as transparency, ecology preservation, social welfare, education of its youth and energy policy. (  Under Mannheim’s definition of utopia – it may be  argued that Costa Rica is a ‘utopia’ and gives overall direction for many nations. Is RETUS a mini-utopia?  

Posted by Future Without Poverty On March - 20 - 2020 0 Comment

FWOP Summit in Mexico in November went well. Dayani Davilla of FWOP is working with two locations to install air monitoring in Mexico.  Spring Break sees her in Nashville helping victims of tornado.


Costa Rica    Our partnership with Denton Rotary has meant that the Sustainable House has been restored, that four aquaponic units have been installed and the women’s rural sustainable tourism  network has been trained in more advanced business practices. Two groups of tourists were to arrive in March.  Their first tour arrived March 8.   Some of their activities were, a tour of butterfly sanctuary, learning to make tortillas, participating in cultural and farming activities and making pottery from Costa Rican clay.  A second tour has been postponed until May 9th due to COSVID-19 outbreak.


  1.     Harvest Initiative recently received used Southwest Airlines leather from Arise Veteran Foundation.   Local cobbers have taken the leather and produced some lovely boots. First shipment of boots will arrive by April. . With a median monthly income of $40,  adding  $10 – 30 per month will be an important contribution to economic wellbeing of a poor native population.

Nashville.  ARISE and FWOP are assisting residents after the tornado that recently hit Tennessee. Some 300 solar lamps that provide light and allow cell phones to be recharged have been distributed.


Tribal Impact Consortium with a focus on Opioid Abuse has been created some two years ago.  With federal funding, Meharry Medical College, UNT, Chickasaw Nation, Ottawa and  Pawnee Tribes in Oklahoma  and Spokane Tribe in Washington a plan for improving prevention, treatment and recovery programs in American Indian Communities.  ARISE Veteran Foundation and FWOP resources will play a role to expand the overall capacity of the Consortium. Thanks to our upcycling project with SWA leather some interesting partnerships are emerging across the world.  Tarkett, an international flooring company, is partnering up with Rock Construction to expand employment and vocational training in the trades, and thus indirectly expand the overall community economic wellbeing. Thus, supporting the vision and mission of FWOP to eliminate poverty by implementing more comprehensive approaches to improve community wellbeing.







Posted by Future Without Poverty On March - 10 - 2020 0 Comment

FWOP Summit

Mexico City

November 21st to 23rd

A long story and journey!DSCF0006

In 2011, Sylvester Flores and Stan Ingman traveled to Mexico City to meet with the Director of the Women’s Network.  We were invited to meet federal governmental officials because of FWOP’s efforts in the State of Jalisco, especially the community development work in Flor de Campo some 7000 feet up in the Sierra Madre, south of Lake Chapala. According to a legend, Flor de Campo was the place ‘ God had forgot to visit’.

FWOP was invited along with COFIMICH ( Bank and Construction Company In Morelia and Renamu ( Red Nacional de Mujeres Vigilantes Contractoria Social , AC) to meet with Secretary Herberto Felix Guerra , SEDESOL ( Federal Community Development Ministry). Our main agenda was whether a ‘three for one program” could be established to support the expansion of housing program for the poor in Mexico.

The 600,000 women’ s group- RENAMU –  had been stimulated by Vincente Fox , the first PAN President Fox ( 2000- 2006),  after 70 years of rule by the PRI.  Gilberto Huitron, on the right standing, was Chief of Staff for this group. The network had held a regional meeting in Mazamitla some thirty  minutes from Flor de Campo. Some Flor de Campo women attended the meeting and the leaders of the network went to visit Flor de Campo.DSCF0003

During our history in Flor de Campo working with locals, leadership in Mazamitla and our contacts with DIF Jalisco ( Welfare for Poor Families ) progress had been made: a better road into the village was built, a link to grid electricity was installed ( $17,000 grant from US) so for the first time they had regular electricity,  a small textile factory was established with sewing machines, a small dam to allow residents  to drive to other side of the village in the rainy season,  a micro business was created to sell cold drinks,  and finally, an aquaponics tank was built by residents and UNT students allowing spring water to flow  water continuously so as to provide fresh fish for villagers. Leadership of RENAMU  were the major projects completed.    They were impressed so we got the invitation to help RENAMU secure more federal funds in partnership with FWOP to expand their impact.

The second PAN administration ( 2006-2012 ) was supportive of the network but they had their own priorities and it was not a smooth transition for the women’s network. When PRI took power in 2012, support dropped off dramatically. However the network idea did not die. The second largest union in Mexico picked up the cause.   The Confederación Revolucionaria de Obreros y Campesinos (CROC) is a Mexican trade union confederation and they back AVANZAMOS and their network of some 450,000 women across Mexico. They hosted the FWOP Summit in Mexico City in 2019.

Again, as early in 2011 with the previous women’s network- RENAMU, Gilberto Huitron is a staff person for AVANZAMOS.  In 2014, he came to UNT to study English for nine months. Upon returning home he enrolled in a master’s program in Business Administration in Mexico City. Stan Ingman at UNT was asked to be the outside reader for his thesis, as his college required  one international committee member. In October 2018, he attended the Nashville FWOP Summit. At the Summit, Dr. Eliecer Vargas from Costa Rica who had hosted the 2017 FWOP Summit at CATIE (,  and Gilberto Huitron asked to organize the next summit in Mexico City in 2019.  We enthusiastically endorsed their leadership!

Some 200 attended the 2019 FWOP Summit in Mexico City.  FWOP made a range of contributions to the event.  First, Dayani Davilla from UNT FWOP demonstrated the air monitoring devices under the banner of citizen science and STEM education for youth in schools. In addition, she showed  how this can be linked to mapping of locations.  She had participants moving around Mexico City taking PM 2.5 particulate readings of air quality.

See photo of Summit participants taking reading  around Mexico City.

Dayani Davilla has two locations in Mexico to set up pilot monitoring sites. Further training will start in 2020.

FWOP member Margaret Bates from Houston introduced a simple way to improve breathing for individuals with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) using harmonicas.  Follow-up sessions in Mexico are being scheduled in 2020.

Dayani Davilla also introduced our FWOP solar lamp program. Lamps are useful when grid electricity goes down and you need light,  and to recharge your cell phone.  Micro businesses to sell lamps is next step in coming year.  Some lamps will go down to Mexico in December to start a pilot project.

Some discussion about a possible on-line store started and we will explore various models in 2020.   An FWOP partner in Guadalajara came up with a surprise. Biobenefits, AC made a contribution of 2000 lbs. of toys to FWOP, and we quickly donated them to AVANZAMOS.


We hope to expand our partnership with AZANZAMOS IN 2020!  Regional workshop at the Tepehua Centro in Chapala in March is one idea.  FWOP, local Rotary Clubs  and regional leadership from AZAMZAMOS could meet to share ideas for the expansion of educational and entrepreneurial programming. A tour of the Tepehua Centro and sustainable-oriented farm on Lake Chapala operated by the SuBire school  ( )  are two possible tours. Centro has an interesting clean stove program to improve health of residents and many health programs to review.


Posted by Stan On June - 9 - 2019 0 Comment

In May 2019, Ben Steverman in Bloomberg Businessweek reviewed the Economist Gabriel Zucman, “The Wealth Detective “ and the new army of economists remaking economic theory. Professor Gabriel Zucman studied under Thomas Piketty in Paris, the author of “ Capital in the Twenty First Century” (2013). Professor Zucman , along with colleague Emmanuel Saez, estimate that the top 0.1% of tax payers – about 170,00 families in a country of 330 million people – control 20% of the American wealth, the highest share since 1929. The top 1% control 39% and the bottom 90% have only 26%. Zucman also found that multinational corporations move 40% of their profits, about $600 billion a year, out of the countries where their money was made and into lower-tax jurisdictions.
With the 2020 election on the horizon, we are seeing various proposals to save Capitalism from all political sides. Elizabeth Warren proposes a wealth tax to bring in $2.8 trillion over the next decade. Zucman challenges a series of assumptions, e.g., unfettered globalization is a win-win proposition, low taxes stimulate growth, and super profitable companies prove capitalism works. In 1980 as Reagan took office, the top 0.1% controlled 7% of the nation’s wealth. By 2014 it went to about 20%. With Reagan, Clinton, Bush and recently Trump cutting taxes, inequality has continued to increase in US. Inequality is less in some EU countries.
Zucman argues that tax cuts have merely enriched the rich and further incentivized greed. He supports Warren‘s wealth tax, which would levy 2% on fortunes greater than 50% million and 3% on those higher than $1 billion. For corporations who are able to ship profit abroad to low tax havens like Netherlands, Singapore , Switzerland and the Greater Caribbean he proposes to “ annihilate” such competition by apportioning profits based on where sales were made. Some years ago, Switzerland voted on a proposition to keep a 12 to 1 ratio of CEO to worker pay. While it did not pass, the debate was important. We are going to hear many proposals given the growth of homelessness, the opioid crisis, student debt, and climate disruption. So we need to prepare.
Beware of simple-minded debates about Socialism vs Capitalism. We have corrupt socialist and capitalist national models in many locations. Social or socialistic capitalism may best describe most relatively well-functioning economies, from Sweden, UK, France , Germany, Canada and USA .
Zucman and Saez have a new website to review their research
You may find Hamilton and Zewde recent book interesting, “Rethinking Wealth: Baby Bonds”. is a site you may enjoy also.

Posted by Stan On June - 9 - 2019 0 Comment

urban agriculture 2FWOP has been involved in various urban and rural agriculture projects in Mexico, Costa Rica and USA for many years. Our FWOP colleague, Dr. Isidor Wallimann, a leader in social economy and urban gardens ( some 5000) in Basel, Switzerland. Basel. Social Economy focuses upon unemployed and underemployed in Basel.
Bonton Farms in Dallas is a Texas attempt to restore hope in a depressed urban community.
Hydroponics and Aquaponics
Flor de Campo, a small village near Mazamitla, Mexico , was our first attempt with Aquaponics. UNT students teamed up with locals to build the structure. Spring water feed the pond with fresh water continuously, using gravity. Algaurban agriculturee and bugs feed the fish.

More recently FWOP has stimulated Denton Rotary Club to install four Aquaponic units near CATIE in Costa Rica. One unit has been built in Lewisville, Texas by the Lewisville Morning Rotary Club.
Recently, we learned that UNT had a hydroponic system in a container called ‘The Greeney’ that provides fresh green vegetables year around. While expensive, the production of high quality vegetables was determined to pay for the ‘ farm in container’ in 2- 3 years. UNT plans to buy three more units to provide vegetables for their many dining halls.
Ohio State has created a Controlled Environment Food Production Research Complex. “ A greenhouse production system can potentially produce 10 times the yield in the same square-foot area as outdoor land, because crops are grown year-round in a closed structure that protects them from winds, hail and pests. Professor Chieri Kubota comments: “ Controlled environment was originally designated to do intensive production close to cities where people live … that model is making more and more sense . “ Also allows to control E. coli outbreaks when they occur.

Posted by Stan On May - 26 - 2019 0 Comment

Community Mapping for K-12 Students
Measuring Fine Dust with Community Participatory Mapping
By Wansoo Im, Ph.D.
Department of Family and Community Medicine
National Community Mapping Institute
Meharry Medical College
Nashville, TN

The Community Mapping Center in Seoul, South Korea is a non-profit organization that promotes civic engagement and empowerment using location-based technology. The Center was founded in 2013 by Dr. Wansoo Im who is currently an associate professor at the Department of Family and Community Medicine and a director of the National Community Mapping Institute at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. The Center has used community participatory mapping, also known as “Community Mapping” to educate, engage, and empower underprivileged community members.

In recent years, South Koreans have struggled with severe air pollution at record highs that are severely detrimental to their health. There is no clear understanding of what sources exactly contribute to the high levels of PM2.5, which are dangerous, atmospheric particulate matters, in South Korea. Despite government initiatives to mitigate the impact of PM2.5 no significant reduction in PM levels have been recorded.

The Community Mapping Center is working to develop the Particulate Matter Citizen Information Network (PMCIN) to educate the public and better understand what determines the levels of fine dust in the air.

PMCIN is an open data platform that connects community collected air pollution data with existing air pollution monitoring data, leveraging existing work and systems. The portal is accessible to the public and the interactive map has relevant GIS layers, such as wind, air pressure, and traffic and industry point data. The Community Mapping Center has engaged the public from the outset, involving them in the collection and use of PM data to encourage grassroots, public health campaigns for air pollution mitigation in South Korea.

Recently, the Center worked with volunteer organization in South Korea to develop personalized PM monitors (DIY kit) and educate and organize K-12 students on collecting air pollution data.
The most recent data collection effort led by Dr. Im was in April 2019 with students from multiple grade levels. Third grade students assembled dust sensor monitoring kits and learned how to measure the levels of fine dust at the school campus. High school students measured PM levels, temperature, and humidity in Hongdae area and paired this data with land and building usage in the area. They also measured fine dust levels inside each station in the Seoul Metropolitan Subway Station Line 2. The purpose of these efforts were to help students:
– Learn the scientific method, and the process of informed, active civic engagement
– Learn the causes of fine dust and their impact
– Increase students’ environmental sensitivity.

Below are reflections from two students who participated in the event.

JoonYoung Lee (3rd Grade Student at DukGye Elementary School in YangJoo City, South Korea)

I was not interested in fine dust but the topic became very interesting when I made a fine dust monitor and measured the level of fine dust. I learned that fine dust is very harmful for my body, and learned the difference fine dust and ultra fine dust. I hope our air becomes cleaner soon. The fine dust should disappear. I would like to breathe clean air without fine dust as soon as possible. Now I am thinking of my future career because of this project. I want to make a robot that predicts the level of fine dust when I go to a college and let them know there is a robot like that.

Photos: Students assembling a fine dust monitor at DukGye Elementary School at YangJoo City

Students assembling a fine dust monitor at DukGye Elementary School at YangJoo City

SiJoon Kim, a senior at SongNae High School at Bucheon City, South Korea

I learned the characteristics of the areas that showed a high number of PM2.5 when I did community mapping for measuring fine dusk. The PM2.5 levels were much higher in smoking areas, BBQ restaurants, and by parking lots than other areas. I was able to see what activities produced fine dust. I felt that we have to do our best to reduce fine dust after I realized how bad the air quality is in our surrounding area. I am interested in our environment, and I would like to share what I learned to the people that I know so they can value the importance of environmental protection.

We measured the level of fine dust in Seoul Metropolitan subway line 2 (inside of the subway, and in the subway station). I usually go to school by train, and I often wondered about the fine dust inside the closed space. For me it was very interesting to measure the concentration of fine dust inside the train. From the process, I was able to learn three things.

The first finding was the relationship between humidity and fine dust. I do not know if this is obvious, but I noticed that the higher the humidity the lower the concentration of fine dust. I was wondering “if the fine dust adheres to the moisture in the air?”

The second finding is that the more people were inside the subway train, the higher was the concentration of fine dust. I thought about this, but I had never checked it myself. By directly measuring the concentration of fine dust inside the subway we found that the more people there are, the higher the concentration of fine dust.

Third, there is a clear difference in the fine dust levels of different subway platforms (open platform on the ground vs. underground). The open platform showed a high level of fine dust than the underground ones. The ambient level of PM2.5 was very high on that day and I didn’t see any air filtering in the open platform. I wonder what the measurements will be when the ambient level of PM2.5 is low.

I want to know where many of these fine dust particles are being generated. I want to make a hypothesis and then start a project to determine the cause of the fine dust by measuring the fine dust to test the hypothesis.

For example, the hypothesis that a coal-based power plant is a major cause of generating fine dust and that the concentration of fine dust around the thermal power plant will be high, and that the cause of fine dust is to be found by measuring the fine dust around the thermal power plant directly.

In urban areas such as Hongdae area (one of the busiest area in Seoul) I could examine bus stops with a lot of moving cars, a factory, a charcoal grill house, and so on. It is possible to find the cause of fine dust and it is an important step to removing the cause. I think it is more necessary to remove the cause of fine dust and develop techniques to replace them instead of finding ways to deal with the problems caused by fine dust.

After measuring fine dust as part of community mapping twice, I changed my behavior. Before, even though the concentration of fine dust was very high I never wore an air filtering mask but now, I wear an air filtering fine dust mask every time the fine dust concentration is high. It is because I learned how fine dust can affect our body from this process. I hope more students will become aware of how serious a problem fine dust is in our society.

Figure: PM Sensor Data Collected by High School Students with Land/Building Use

Figure: PM Sensor Data Collected by High School Students with Land/Building Use

Photos: Senior Students from SongNae High School measuring PM levels in the subway stations in Seoul, S. Korea

Photos: Senior Students from SongNae High School measuring PM levels in the subway stations in Seoul, S. Korea

Posted by Stan On May - 2 - 2019 0 Comment

Recently, we were made aware of Dr. Seth Darling work. FWOP has co-sponsored three Climate Change Discussion sessions at UNT in partnership with Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

Dr Darling’s video lecture gives a comprehensive overview of climate disruption and potential solutions. He likes the term Climate Disruption as opposed to climate change or climate warming for various good reasons he explains. He sees solving the energy needs as crucial for solving issues of water access and reducing poverty as the world move away from fossil fuels.

VIDEO LECTURE: Seth Darling Full Version Lecture (1 hour, 18 minutes.)
“Climate Disruption — What We Can Do.”

Seth’s Argonne National Labs Bio/Profile

Seth’s Institute for Molecular Engineering / University of Chicago Bio/Profile


BOOK: Water Is…: The Indispensability Of Water In Society And Life
by Seth B Darling, Seth W Snyder

BOOK: How to Change Minds About Our Changing Climate


Seth’s Oleo Sponge (chemically altered seat cushion material used for oil spill cleanup) — Invention Team at Argonne National Labs

Seat cushion material used for oil spill cleanup
Federal researchers say they’ve created a new tool to clean up oil spills by tinkering with the foamy stuff found in seat cushions, allowing them to quickly soak up oil floating on water and lurking below the surface. (March 6)
AP 2:32 a.m. EST Mar. 6, 2017


VIDEO: Seth on Renewable Energy Technologies

VIDEO: Invisible Water: The Hidden Virtual Water Market

Published (YouTube) on Dec 7, 2016
There is a virtual water market that is critical to the survival of our species. The problem is that most people are completely unaware of the concept, and the impact it has on “everything.”

Seth B. Darling is a scientist at Argonne National Laboratory and a Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in physical chemistry, he came to Argonne as the Glenn Seaborg Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow in the Materials Science Division. Following his postdoc, Dr. Darling joined the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne as a staff scientist. His group’s research is motivated by humankind’s grand challenges and centers around molecular engineering with a particular emphasis on solar energy and water treatment. Dr. Darling has published over 100 papers and a popular book on climate change, holds several patents, and lectures widely on topics related to energy, climate, and water.

Preview YouTube video Invisible water, the hidden virtual water market | Seth Darling | TEDxNaperville

VIDEO: Water Quality — The End of Water As We Know It

Seth B. Darling, Ph.D. Argonne National Labs (ANL)
Science & Technology / Climate & Weather
Presentation Delivered on Thu, Jan 28 2016 8:00 PM EST — Thu, Jan 28 2016 9:30 PM EST

Posted by Stan On April - 20 - 2019 0 Comment

Some years ago FWOP reported on the Choctaw Band being flooded out of the homes on the coast of Louisiana. Miami Beach as reported on the news (03-24-19) today is building sea walls or structures to stop the flooding in rich and poor neighborhoods. Can they build this walls and houses high enough?
Citizens’ Climate Lobby in Denton sponsored two “Climate Change Discussions” along with co-sponsors – UNT FWOP Chapter, UNT/FWOP Air Monitoring projects, UNT Urban Policy and Planning Degree, Nonprofit Leadership Studies Degree, UNT Health Services Administration Program, UNT College Democrats.
First session featured Phil Andrews, Managing Director of International Innovation Center in Dallas who examined which innovations under the banner of smart cities may assist cities and citizens to reduce climate change and adjust to the impact of climate change.
Second session had Stan Ingman discussing how Denton’s focus on being a more sustainable city has been attempting to mitigate the effects of climate change for many years as well as a respond the challenges of climate change. Denton plans to have 100% of its electricity provided by renewable energy sources, i.e. mostly wind and solar with some burning of methane coming off the solid waste deposited at ECO-W.E.R.C. in east Denton.
The next session at 5pm will be at 180 ESSAT Building at UNT and will host Steve Saunders, CEO of Tempo, Inc. on April 18th. Tempo is a holding company of diverse businesses that work to improve building performance in sustainability, efficiency, comfort and wellness.
Among the many personal awards, Mr. Saunders has received a National USGBC Leadership Award and is a member of the Contracting Business Hall of Fame. Tempo (including subsidiaries) is a 3-time ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, three-time Contractor of the Year and five time National Green Partner of Excellence. The company is owned by its employees and operates on the principles of Servant Leadership and Performance Excellence. His topic will be “Resilience, Regulation, Climate Change in 2020 “.
The discussant will be Eliecer Vargas, PHD, Visiting Faculty from CATIE, a Graduate School in Costa Rica, and Co-Director, Master’s in International Sustainable Tourism (MIST), College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism, UNT.

Posted by Stan On April - 20 - 2019 0 Comment

In the last years, FWOP in partnership with Southwest Airlines has built a network with a wide range of organizations and thus skills.

FWOP helped to incubate the creation of ARISE Veterans Foundation with projects in St. Louis, Nashville ( ) and Carbondale ( ) have been upcycling SWA leather seats for rehabilitation efforts, Knowles Assisted Living facility in Nashville, TN and has helped expand a veteran’s recycling business in East St Louis, IL. In early 2018, ARISE has helped Help Heal Veterans serve 35,000+ with veterans with Rehabilitation Kits, made out of SWA Leather. ARISE now supplies free leather for them to expand their impact across America. ARISE is also sending boxes of pre-cut leather from seats done by elders in Nashville and sending pre-cut leather to 17 Native American Tribes located throughout the United States.
In 2016 with the help of FWOP and Arise Veteran Foundation board members, they were able to assist a mobile shower truck not for profit to get off the ground with grant writing help and help with fund raising and networking. Since then the shower truck has been providing hot showers and hygiene gear to hundreds of Homeless individuals in Saint Louis, Missouri.
In 2017 FWOP held Summit at CATIE ( ) in Costa Rica and many partnerships were formed. In August of 2018 , CATIE hosted Air Monitoring Workshops in linked to citizen science project out of Stuttgart Germany ( ) organized by Constant Marks, a doctoral student at the University of North Texas. As a result a high school team has been established to spread the project across Costa Rica in local schools under banner of STEM education. Workshops in Denton and Nashville have helped spread the installations in USA and Ethiopia, with Mexico, Nigeria and Puerto Rica being next.
We visited the women entrepreneurs in sustainable rural tourism network called RETUS at the 2017 Summit. Rotary Noon Club with many other Rotary Clubs in the District have now raised funds to do three projects: 1st Expand RETUS businesses by training and marketing, 2nd rehab sustainable house and create an office for the women’s network, 3rd create an aquaponic pilot project in four locations within the communities in the women’s network. Abilene Christian University has now joined the team. A team will go south on March 30th, and Apirl will see teams arrive to work on the House and build first aquaponic unit.

Through another two ARISE affiliates, Diving With a Purpose ( ) – DWP- and Tennessee Aquatic Program in Nashville has joined FWOP network on many efforts! Divers in training Costa Rica joined DWP in Key Largo in July 2018 for a week long training workshop on coral restoration and underwater archaeology of ship wreaks. Pen pals have been established between youth in Nashville and Costa Rica. A DWP representative has gone to Costa Rica to work with colleagues in Costa Rica to create a plan for coral restoration and ocean preservation in next coming years They will meet again in Florida .

AWOW ( a girl’s empowerment group had been working in Costa Rica for some years and they joined our Summit 2017. AWOW with Lewisville Rotary Morning Club are expanding their activities in San Jose, Costa Rica. Their current focus is establishing a dental clinic. Locals have raised funds for new building. In 2017 they operated a preventive dental clinic in San Jose and plan to take a Rotary Team down in Spring, 2019.

Green House at Lafayette High School in St. Louis
Just for Kids and FWOP teamed up to establish a sustainable development learning program. This summer the existed greenhouse we opened up and students planted some 300 + plants and now crops are ready to be picked. Hummert International (Green House private company) , Home Depot, Arise Veterans Foundation are working to sponsor the new program. ( ). They have a full plan for the next 9 months to be prepared to expand the effort in the Fall of 2019. Pranav Vashista is the student regional coordinator for Just for Kids at the Layette High School In St Louis, Mo he was able to attend the Summit in 2017. Through ARISE and FWOP they have been able to help them reestablish a greenhouse operation at the high school. Their goal is to help local food banks and people in need to be able to get fresh organic vegetables.

Posted by Stan On April - 20 - 2019 0 Comment

“Resilience, Regulation and Climate Change in 2020” Steve Saunders

Steve Saunders is the CEO of Tempo, Inc. Tempo is a holding company of diverse businesses that work to improve building performance in sustainability,efficiency, comfort and wellness. Steve has received a National USGBC Leadership Award and is a member of the Contracting Business Hall of Fame among many personal awards. Tempo (including subsidiaries) is a three-time ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, three-time Contractor of the Year and five-time National Green Partner of Excellence. The company is owned by the employees and operates on the principles of Servant Leadership and Performance Excellence.

Chair: Jim Moffitt, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Denton Chapter
Discussant: Eliecer Vargas, Ph.D. Visiting faculty from CATIE in Costa Rica and Co-Director, Master’s in International Sustainable Tourism (MIST), UNT College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism

April 18
5 p.m.

UNT EESAT Building
Room 180
Pizza and snacks provided

Sponsor: Citizens’ Climate Lobby
Co-Sponsors: UNT Future Without Poverty Chapter, UNT’s Urban Policy and Planning Degree and Nonprofit Leadership Studies Degree, UNT Health Services Administration Program, UNT College Democrats, UNT/FWOP Air Monitoring Workshops

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