Cochabamba Environment & Natural Resources Chair Visits North Carolina

NC/Bolivia Partners hosted Jose Miguel Valdivia, a young architect and environmental activist from Cochabamba, Bolivia in September. He visited numerous environmental organizations in the Triangle area to exchange best practices in preserving natural areas.

He gave a well-attended speech at Duke University titled "A Green Building Emergency," cosponsored by the Working Group for Environment in Latin America and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Duke, UNC, and NC State. The talk detailed the severe water problems facing Cochabamba due to poorly planned development.

Mr. Valdivia is the president of the Cochabamba Society of Landscape Architects, and he was able to give another speech and make some great connections at the NC State College of Design with local Partners member and landscape architect Rodney Swink.

He met with new and prospective Partners members, including a group of Bolivia Peace Corps Volunteers led by Erin Shown, to socialize and encourage others to get involved in the partnership. Lee Moore also hosted him for a roundtable discussion at the Paradise Garden Project which opened at a Durham art gallery.

Finally, he got to visit several prominent green building projects, the Duke Lemur Center, and much more. He says he loved North Carolina and got a range of new ideas for his work back home. A million thanks to the many Partners members who volunteered to host Jose Miguel and show him what North Carolina has to offer!

North Carolina Participants Selected for American Youth Leadership Program

As part of the American Youth Leadership Program (AYLP), North Carolina will send 4 youth and 1 adult mentor to Washington, DC then Paraguay from July 16-August 13, 2013. Participants were selected from Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, North Carolina, Texas, and the Washington, DC metro area.

New Member Travels to Bolivia to Speak on Green Building

Cochabamba Colegio de Arquitectos conference

One of the newest members of NC-Bolivia Partners, Darren Legge, traveled to Bolivia in May and June to deliver a series of conferences on green building. Speaking at five universities and the Cochabamba Institute of Architects, Darren reached over 750 people with his training titled "Residential Green Building Science, Programs, and Tools." He also spoke with government officials, environmental NGOs, and local media to discuss opportunities for promoting sustainable development on a large scale.

 

June 15th 2013 Mid-Year Meeting

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NCPOA once again held its mid-year meeting at the UNC Global Education Center at UNC Chapel Bill on June 15, 2013. After lunch we were treated to a series of presentations including
  • Medical Team Trip Report - Carlos Vargas
  • A talk on the Black diaspora in Bolivia by Ms. Lolita Gutierrez Brockington, author of 'Blacks, Indians, and Spaniards in the Eastern Andes:Reclaiming the Forgotten in Colonial Mizque, 1550-1782'
  • Farmer-to-Famer Trip Report - Steve Gibson

We then as a group brainstormed for the future of NCPOA with many good ideas pouring forth. All in all, a very productive meeting and gathering of Partners friend old and new.

 

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