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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. Your contribution could be, for example, using eco-friendly services like 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 Stay Classy in Scottsdale, Arizona is owned by its employees and operates with a black car service.
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.

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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. Today you can book an appointment online to get the best service. 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 guided by Relief Pools, Baton Rouge experts. 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.

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“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, an accredited home inspection company.

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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UNT/FWOP with many partners on campus and the Citizens’ Climate Change Lobby have sponsored three open forums to discuss prevention of and adjustment to climate change globally, nationally and internationally. Senior Fellow at Harvard, Camilla Cavendish noted in the April 20-21 issue of the Financial Times that the central bank governors of London and Paris said in a powerful joint statement that climate-related insurance losses have quintupled in 30 years, and that only a “massive reallocation of capital” can prevent temperatures from rising by 2 degrees centigrade. She concludes that the Extinction Rebellion needs to be taken seriously. The editorial in the same issue of the Financial Times suggests that we may need to cut back on meat consumption because of the 14.5 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions produced by farm animals. “ Cattle are the worst culprits”.
Our first Climate Change session featured Phil Andres who reviewed which technologies and smart city innovations may lower CO2 emissions. Stan Ingman in the second session focused upon how Denton, Texas has become one model for how each city can be a solution to the climate change challenge. Denton by 2023 will operate on 100% renewable energy electric power. Dan Fette, a local green home builder, explained how all structures can move toward near zero CO2 emissions and lower water use.
The third session had Steve Saunders CEO of Tempo Inc. in Irving, Texas , an employee-owned air and heating system company, explained how we can move home and apartment building companies to improve performance in sustainability, efficiency, comfort and wellness, even while some 40% of his business owners may not believe in climate change. Mr. Saunders and his company, who has received awards from CNN , US Green Builders Council, Energy Star, and National Green Partners , focuses on three factors to operate his business bi-weekly or monthly, People, Profit and Planet. Eliecer Vargas from Costa Rica challenged us to reduce waste and thus avoid recycling which may be too simple-minded as it relates to the very complex issue of climate change.
Regardless of future climate change, we now know about large populations of climate refugees who are on the move across the globe. While we have had some successes in reducing poverty in places like China, we are faced with more and more examples of droughts, flooding, strong winds, poverty and extreme heat driving especially vulnerable rural populations in search of new places to live and work.
Two recent change books lay out the challenges ahead in detail:

Posted by Stan On March - 25 - 2019 0 Comment

We learned recently about an interesting organization, SCRAP, Inc ( . They operate in some 8 locations across the USA. They take “ waste” donations and sell at low prices to artists, craft’s people, and school teachers. Thus, they reduce waste going to landfills and create small businesses that create some jobs. They are similar to Habitat, Goodwill and other reuse stores. However, focus is mainly with materials for crafts or art projects. FWOP dropped some leather seats from Southwest Airlines at the local Scrap store in Denton, Texas for artists and teacher to use.

Boxes and semi-truck loads of used leather from SW have been shipped to various locations, i.e., Tennessee, Missouri, Ohio, Florida, California and Texas. Disabled veterans and seniors, artists and craft’s people are exploring how new products can be created from leather seats.
Email : if you have an interest in the leather. Help Heupcyclingal Veterans in California ( has become an ideal partner.

Up-Cycling — Recycling Used Leather
Small Business Promotion, Artists, Craft People, Teachers, Vocational Programs, Disability Programs

FWOP in partnership with ARISE Veteran Foundation , works in partnership with Southwest Airlines to repurpose discarded materials from their aircrafts that receive updates. ARISE assist with finding a new home for leather seat covers, as well as other items and materials being repurposed.
Denton Land Fill- ECO-W.E.R.C.S. – More Innovations

Land fill experts around the world are watching Denton, Texas. Some things work and some efforts do not. Visitors from around the world visit and take workshop at Eco-W.E.R.C.S. to learn how waste can become a resource.

First, Denton is uncovering landfill materials deposited in the 1980s. They try to “mine“ an old landfill area to recycle paper and other materials and to focus on using green products. This may be a first in the US and will be a test on how economical such a project can be for landfills to pursue. It was closed down recently because the economic did not sense. As a colleague recently commented – It may make sense later.

Second, after the original biodiesel plant at the landfill was closed in 2010 with some disappointment, recently a new company has emerged to go after the waste oils that can be turned into biodiesel fuel and other products. The original plant had mostly used virgin oil from seeds. The oil from seeds became too expensive. American Bio Source pays ECO-W.E.R.C.S. a monthly fee and pays Denton a royalty of some 85 cent per gallon produced. The methane from the landfill is a power source for the operation.

Third, the ECO-W.E.R.C.S. is reviewing how they may install solar panels on the south side of the landfill. UNT plans to install a solar farm at the Discovery Parks.

Fourth, while they have been recycling cement from demolished buildings for some years for road construction, recently they are now accepting all demolished materials like wood and steel that are recycled. This avoids throwing them in the land fill and thus saving space and money.

Fifth, because of good management Denton’s landfill does not flood when other landfills flood in our region. So, some years ago private high-quality maid service transferred their business to the Denton landfill. Thus, Denton raises more funds for its operation.

Sixth, the landfill is collecting all liquids from the landfill and pumping them back into the landfill. This leads to faster decomposition of paper and some other objects in landfill: thus, this process creates a decrease in space used for waste.

Portland, Oregon

Water flowing through the city’s pipes will generate electricity like a dam with none of the environmental consequences.
Portland Now Generates Electricity From Turbines Installed In City Water Pipes

Carmel, Indiana: Strong Sustainability Program

Over 1200 major are committed to climate change initiatives which involves 85% of US population; 1/3 Republicans and 2/3 Democrats. Carmel with a Republican mayor, spent $1 million on LED street lights. A twenty two percent return on their investment.

Posted by Stan On March - 22 - 2019 0 Comment

old wheel chair old wheel chair1Recently FWOP was asked to locate wheelchairs and walkers for disabled in Muzquiz, Mexico.

Projecto 10 Muzquiz in Denton, Texas has families related to families in Muzquiza and takes material and supplies to Mexico weekly or monthly.

LTCare facilities in Denton County often have used chairs and walkersold wheel chair3

We have located a dozen or more in last two months and they are slowly being taken across the border.

Posted by Stan On March - 22 - 2019 0 Comment

china 1 Nursing Home is a rural nursing home in the Hubei province in China. It was a rebuilt from an abandoned school.

There were more than 50 aging people living there when it operated at its peak. But later, some of them could no longer afford fee of $40 per person per month.

Xinmei Ye is the manager of this nursing home. She asked her husband and her mother help her run this place. It is a difficult time for them because there are only 28 seniors living there now.

The Solar Lamp Project of FWOP helped children in Indonesia ,Africa and Costa Rica. So Dr. Li and her husband bought solar lamps for residents in this rural nursing home of China. Solar

lamps are a novelty for residents in this nursing home. They were curious to find a living room addition, so they finally found the perfect one in Ten Key Home & Kitchen Remodels from Oklahoma City.

Solar lamps helps residents because the facility experiences power failure periodically. The seniors can use solar lamp to go to the rest room at night. The lamps are convenient and avoids buying expensive batteries.


Posted by Future Without Poverty On March - 12 - 2019 0 Comment

DIY Air Monitoring Education for a Cleaner Environment


The University of North Texas, UNT, and Future Without Poverty, Inc., FWOP, are partnering to provide a series of STEM and Public Health workshops. During a 2 to 3‐hour hands‐on session we will show students how to build a simple particulate matter (PM) monitor with parts you can buy online and easily connect to a system of monitors in operation around the world (luftdaten). These workshops are designed to engage students in

science and engineering topics while educating our community about the environment and public health.

The workshops are structured with a flexible curriculum that can engage students at all levels and provides many avenues to introduce STEM and public health topics. Wherever a workshop is conducted, we will attempt to establish a single monitor and the remaining

monitors will be given to the students to install in their communities. Any monitors that are built but not installed will be donated to other areas of the world where significant air quality challenges persist.

The primary goals of these workshops are:

  1. Introduce STEM and Public Health topics to underserved and underrepresented communities,
  2. Educate the community about the impact of air quality on health and the environment at both local and global scales,
  3. Establish a network of PM monitors at home and abroad that will provide both a community alert system and a wealth of data for further research, and
  4. Have some fun!

This project will be conducted by Constant Marks, a PhD. student in Mechanical and Energy Engineering at UNT, with the help of two undergraduate students and a high school student. The work will be overseen by Prof. Stan Ingman, a Professor of Applied Gerontology, Editor of Sustainable Communities Review and Vice President of FWOP (

Several interested parties including the Dallas ISD, Frisco ISD, and Denton ISD, as well as various youth programs in Nashville and St Louis and the CATIE institute in Costa Rica have already been identified and are eager to bring these workshops to their students. We have also contacted a network of other researchers, civic organizations, and NGOs, who would like to be involved in this project at various capacities. These workshops are the initial phase of larger project that will be proposed for NSF funding in the fall.

PM Monitor Assembly Outline


The assembly of the PM monitor is designed so that anyone can do it. With only 7 wires and 2 cable ties, the kit becomes a Wi‐Fi connected PM monitoring station. A photo of the partially assembled monitor is shown below.


PM Monitoring Station


The parts are sourced from AliExpress and Amazon. A group in Stuttgart ( have programmed the firmware that will be installed on the PM monitors and hosts the servers that store the data. Part of the workshop will include teaching students how to connect and install firmware onto the monitor’s microcontroller (NodeMCU) and connecting the devices to the Luftdaten API. The microcontroller is based around the popular Arduino platforms and some of the more advanced modules will include programming in the Arduino IDE.

To assemble the monitors a PM sensor (SDS011) and a temperature and humidity sensor (DHT22) are connected to the NodeMCU. After wiring, the components are secured with cable ties and installed into the housing made from two PVC pipe fittings. Next we configure the stations Wi‐Fi, and then the sensor can be ‘tested’ after about 10 minutes on the website.

Finally, to make the PM monitors a permanent part of the network, we send some site specific information to We will send the students an email with their sensor ID, once the sensor are installed and integrated into the Lufdaten network.

Posted by Future Without Poverty On March - 5 - 2014 0 Comment

Colegio Union Mexico ( is a K-12 school in the Los Molinos subdivision, Zapopan, Jalisco – North West Guadalajara Metro Area. Established as a K – 9 school in 2012, by the next year, 2013, it added the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. On December 16th the FWOP team visited, experiencing a very dynamic day, to say the least!

Posted by Future Without Poverty On January - 19 - 2014 0 Comment

Our FWOP team visited Moonyeen King, the foreign retirees and the families at the poor hillside barrio of Tepehua in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico. The relatively new Center ( provided Christmas lunch for some 500 children on December 20th, 2013.

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