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Apr 25 2012

Students Plan Trip to Build Costa Rican Recycling Center

Nosara Recycling Center

New York, N.Y.  (April 25, 2012)  ΜΆ   The drawings are finished, the plans are almost complete, and NYIT students are nearly ready to build the community-run recycling and education center they designed for a Costa Rican coastal village.
Their next goal: raising $15,000 to help fund living expenses for the student team building the center in Nosara.  A portion of the money also would cover the cost of a professional documentary about their project.
“It’s a great experience to have them see something built that they have designed,” said Tobias Holler, assistant professor in the School of Architecture and Design and a faculty co-leader. “And by helping to build it, they’re going to learn so much about construction.”
Nine students visited the site in January to present their initial ideas to residents, hear their responses, and learn more about the project area.  Most of the 25 architecture and engineering students participating in the project hope to spend a week or two at the building site between July 1 and August 31.  The local community has embraced the project; a civic association donated the land, local construction professionals are offering their services at no cost, and the community is raising funds for construction materials.
The team launched a fundraising campaign this week on  The online platform allows donors to watch a video about the project and make a contribution by May 21.  There is one catch:  the entire amount must be raised by that date.  On May 3, the students will host a reception and screening of a 30-minute preview of the documentary at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway.  They are also publicizing their fundraising efforts on their Facebook page.
The NYIT-designed recycling center will include a sorting facility, an open lobby, and community education space.  In stark contrast to much of the country’s natural beauty, a shortage of solid waste management policies and infrastructure leads to the deposit of tons of waste and pollution in rivers and forests.  The 3,000-square-foot center will reduce the amount of recyclable waste sent to a nearby inadequate municipal dump.
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