Since EARTH’s creation in the mid-1980s, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) has been an important part of the university’s establishment and development.
During 2016, the Agency provided vital support to EARTH through five different projects: the first being maintenance of the roofs of the main buildings in the campus core, including painting 35,000 square meters, the cost of which was shared between ASHA and EARTH.
Also, the subterranean electrical wiring was replaced in the residential areas. New measurement modules were built, guaranteeing compliance with current standards. This project covered more than 80 residences.
Third, maintenance on the electric transformers was carried out. Electric and physical testing was performed on the transformers to determine their current state and identify which ones required further maintenance and eventual substitution in 2018. Additional analysis was performed to measure and register the demand these transformers are under as compared to their capacity to meet the demand.
Also, an automated control and protection system was installed to prevent electrical failure and improve the condition of the water pump distribution operation. This is vital because it provides the necessary pressure for the potable water system.
Last, more than 1,100 lights and bulbs were replaced with LED systems in several office and academic buildings, including the San José office, main administration building, library, and exteriors (street lamps and gardens). This project will result in expected savings of up to $15,000 in the annual electric bill.
EARTH thanks USAID/ASHA for supporting the quality education of young entrepreneurs from across the world, who every year benefit directly from the improvements in the campus infrastructure.