Leapfrogging to a Green Building Code in Bolivia

A group of Master's students at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment will be working with Partners of the Americas on a project titled Leapfrogging to a Green Building Code in Bolivia. They will collaborate with Partners chapters in La Paz, Cochabamba, and Santa Cruz to analyze the costs and benefits of green construction codes. Ursula Bustillos-Daza, Environment and Natural Resources Subcommittee Chair of La Paz Partners and Director of Portal Urbano, a sustainability think tank, is looking to raise funds to bring a delegation of consultants from the International Code Council to assist with the project. The students hope to produce a strategic plan for stakeholders in Bolivia to achieve passage and enforcement of green development codes throughout the country. They are planning to travel through Bolivia in separate trips in August, January, and March.

Duke University presentation of project

2014 Annual Meeting Celebrates Year of Successes

North Carolina Partners gathered for its annual meeting last Saturday and enjoyed a number of presentations about programs and projects from the year 2014. New Board members and officers were elected. Plaques and Certificates of Appreciation were presented to several individuals and institutions, including Gregory Poole Equipment Company, Raleigh, NC for their generous financial contribution to the N.C. and Bolivian Partners of the Americas to increase autism services for the people of Bolivia. Also, to the Autism Society-NC who hired two counselors from La Paz, Bolivia for Camp Royall, for the summer of 2014, which provided a new resource to increase and improve autism services in Bolivia.

Linda Watson from UNC Chapel Hill describing the Autism project. Outgoing Board members (left to right) Steve Gibson, Rodney Swink & Virginia Freedman
Karen Brown receiving the James Braham/Eva Marcus Humanitarian Award (left to right) Sallie Abbas, Christian Stalberg, Katherine Stalberg
Jeffrey Manchester 2014 AYLP delegate to Paraguay Darren Legge speaking about the Bolivian Green Building Code project


Formed in the 1960’s and one of the longest-running nonprofit organizations in the US, Partners of the Americas has been instrumental in connecting people and ideas between the southern and northern hemispheres for fifty years. To celebrate the Partners of the Americas’ fiftieth anniversary, the North Carolina chapter will sponsor a night of live Bolivian entertainment to celebrate the chapter’s projects and exchanges on Saturday, October 25th, 7pm at the First United Methodist Church, 117 South Academy Street in Cary.

Cochabamba Partners President Visits North Carolina

To the delight of the North Carolina Partners of Americas, Cochabamba Partners' president Ms. Rosario Claros visited our state in July. She was kept busy, traveling from the mountains to the sea, with numerous meetings of both public and private organizations of strategic value to the Partnership. Among them she gave a talk at the EPA (Environmental protection Agency) in Research Triangle Park on the environmental degradation of the Department of Cochabamba and touched on air quality issues which was of particular interest as the RTP office leads EPA on air quality issues for the entire United States.


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