For 15 years, EARTH University has been part of Bandera Azul Ecológica – a program that awards the sustainability initiatives of organizations throughout Costa Rica.
This year, we were recognized in six categories – more than any other university in the nation.
– Protected Natural Spaces
– Community Health
– Climate-Neutral Community
– Climate Change
– Sustainable Homes
“Receiving and retaining the Bandera Azul Ecológica awards represent a challenge year after year for all the members of the EARTH community. Involving students, staff, professors and residents has become a fundamental role for the Institution,” says Manrique Arguedas, coordinator of EARTH’s Environmental Action Unit. “Additionally, it makes the support our donors give – to have sustainable infrastructure on our campuses – go even further.”
Thanks to a series of contributions from the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), we have executed many meaningful new builds, repairs and updates to boost resource efficiency and sustainability on our two campuses.
“ASHA’s support for sustainable infrastructure has been very specific and meaningful,” Arguedas says. “Without a doubt, the collaboration has facilitated the results we have been able to achieve.”
Among the many contributions that ASHA has made to EARTH, a few stand out:
Aditionally, with ASHA’s support, EARTH has planned the upcoming construction of three high-efficiency dormitory buildings. For their design, they will be the cornerstone of our 2020 bid to win in a seventh category of Bandera Azul Ecológica: Sustainable Construction.
The investments and support of partner institutions – such as USAID/ASHA – enable EARTH to offer improved living and learning spaces for our student body and the community at large.