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Engineers Without Borders-USA City College of New York Student Chapter

Engineers Without Borders-USA

EWB-USA is a non-profit, humanitarian organization that collaborates with communities in order to implement sustainable, engineering projects that help these communities improve their quality of life. Through these projects, students become responsible leaders and cognizant world citizens.

 

Our Mission

EWB-USA's mission is to create long-term change in developing communities through forming full partnerships between the host community, EWB-USA chapter, and local leaders/NGOs. Together we implement practical, small-scale engineering projects that the communities want, need, understand, and can maintain, all while working to avoid negatively impacting the community's culture, economy and environment.

 

Our Chapter

The City College of New York chapter of EWB-USA was established in 2005 by a small group of City College of New York, Grove School of Engineering students.  It has evolved as a student-driven humanitarian group, having implemented water-distribution and treatment projects, as well as chimneys, silos, and latrines in several communities in the Cortes, Honduras region.  Due to the high levels of violence in Honduras, involvement was halted in 2013.  Since then, EWB-USA CCNY has worked to become a local force in NYC through volunteer work.

 

Our Current Projects

EWB-USA CCNY currently has two projects. Our international program is located in Tadazna, a rural community located 18 kilometers from the municipal town of Siuna in Nicaragua. The population consists of about 800 people, or 160 households. Currently 46% of population does not have access to potable water and must trek long distances to obtain water from open, often contaminated, sources.The solution proposed entails the construction of a water distribution system throughout the community that will allow for clean and safe water for daily use and consumption, decreasing the risk of contamination and disease.

Our new domestic project is close to home at Harlem's Broadway Presbyterian Church. With the help of Antuan Cannon, CEO of the green development company Envirolution One, our team is designing an energy auditing program for the church in order to help bring electric bills down. Specifically, the program includes analyzing gas and light bills and focusing on convenient and practical changes in light bulbs and fixtures. With the increased savings, Broadway Presbyterian Church will be able to better fund their soup kitchen, nursery program and ultimately better serve their community. 

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