How sustainable technology is helping Haiti

How sustainable technology is helping Haiti

After the massive earthquake struck Haiti several days ago, many vital services were damaged or destroyed such as plumbing systems and the power grid. Several groups are bringing in sustainable technology to provide safe power for hospitals and rescue workers, as well as clean drinking water.

EarthSpark International, a US nonprofit group, is raising money to bring in 50,000 solar-powered lamps, flashlights, and mobile phone chargers to Port-au-Prince, as well as install a 1.8 kilowatts of solar powered lighting in hospitals run by Partners in Health.

LifeGivingForce is raising money to bring over 500 solar-powered water purification systems to Haiti.

The goal is to deliver 10 large units, capably of filtering 15,000 gallons of water daily, and 500 small units, which can clean 2,500 gallons a day. Both are entirely solar-powered, with the large units capable of running up to 96 hours on battery power should weather conditions prohibit adequate solar charging.

Vapour Inc. is donating an atmospheric water generator called a ‘Water Genie 1000’ through the Hope For Haiti organization. This device produces 1,000 liters of water per day from the air.

As time progresses, more of the efforts will begin to focus on rebuilding Haiti. This is where sustainable solar technology and efficient buildings will really come into play. Leading the way is Architecture for Humanity, who has developed a plan for reconstruction that considers both safety and environmental impacts. I’m a member of my local AFH chapter, but anyone can donate to help AFH rebuild a safe, green Haiti.

Rescue efforts are still ongoing, and support is desperately needed. If you haven’t already done so, please consider donating to a relief organization such as the American Red Cross, or the Canadian Red Cross for my fellow Canadians.

EarthSpark International & LifeGivingForce via Treehugger

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Steve holds a degree in Environmental Engineering Technology from Humber College in Toronto, is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor. He currently lives in Victoria BC and works as a green building consultant specializing in residential projects.


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