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Dec

19

First Annual EWB-BU Book Sale

By Charles Jahnke

EWB-BU is excited to announce the First Annual EWB-BU Book Sale! We invite all BU engineering students to visit the Photonics second floor lobby on January 16th, where we will be reselling Engineering and Science related books for BU Classes. If you would like to contribute, we ask that you donate a percentage of your book’s sale to EWB-BU and we will sell your books for you. Due to limitations, this event is cash only. We will be collecting books before the event, between 10:00-12:00 and returning unsold books and profits to contributers after the event between 6:00-8:00pm.

Details
Who: Engineers Without Borders at Boston University
What: Annual Engineering Book Sale
When: January 16th, 2008 at 12:30 (earlier if you would like contribute)
Where: 8 Saint Mary’s St, Second floor lobby (Photonics)
Why: Primarily a fundraiser for EWB-BU, but this book sale will get rid of old text books and give you money to  purchase books for next semester.

We hope to see you there!

Dec

17

ENERGY INNOVATIONS – THE HYDROGEN HOUSE

By Paolo Belfiore

The first energy self-sufficient solar, hydrogen house in the USA.

THE HYDROGEN HOUSE

Although there’s a lot of controversy about how efficient hydrogen really is, as it’s quite expensive to produce, it is interesting to notice Mike Stritzki’s work in the bucolic setting of Hopewell, New Jersey.

Dec

17

Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink

By Ranjit

The movie Flow examines the trend towards the privatization of water at a time when fresh water supplies are falling behind demand and the global water crisis continues to worsen.

Dec

14

The Hummingbird House and EWB-BU: Working together in Peru

By Charles Jahnke

Hi, my name is Luis Chávez and I am a graduate student of Spanish Literature in the Department of Romance Studies at Boston University.  I am also the founder of The-Chirimoto-Amazon project: The Hummingbird House, a civil organization that is working with EWB-BU students in Peru.  For more information about this joint effort, please go to: Link.

I will be posting additional information in the coming weeks about my birthplace, Chirimoto, Peru, the community which is the focal point of the collaborative development work that we are doing.

In January, 2008, a group of EWB members from BU made a trip to Chirimoto to assess the town’s condition and its peoples’ needs. The assessment trip resulted in EWB-BU’s current Water Filtration Project.

The Hummingbird House LogoEWB-BU doing solar tests with children in Chirimoto

Dec

13

World’s water event 2009 – AWWA

By Paolo Belfiore

The American Water Works association is organizing an international conference on water in San Diego.

http://www.awwa.org/ACE09/content.cfm?ItemNumber=36648

Dec

9

The best thing since the Segway

By Ranjit

Dean Kamen demos his new water purifier on The Colbert Report.

Dec

8

Before there was Engineers Without Borders…

By Ranjit

…there was Tecnica.

Tecnica was an organization that was formed in the 1980’s to assist Nicaragua in its development by sending engineers, programmers, lawyers, and other skilled professionals. 

Dec

7

Civilization in Reverse

By Ranjit

The failure of the water system in Harare, Zimbabwe has led to an epidemic of cholera. Last Monday the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) ran out of chemicals it needed for water purification. In addition sewage treatment systems have failed exacerbating the spread of the epidemic:

In the townships, the water turns in a deadly cycle. Months without it mean that toilets are blocked, leading to people defaecating in the open, everywhere, at night. At the same time, the pressure of the trapped sewage is enough to flip open cast-iron manhole covers and spew the contents through the streets, into people’s yards. The stench of faeces is all-pervasive.

More than 500 have died so far and, according to Oxfam, up to 60,000 could be infected by March in a country that not too long ago could provide clean water to even the poorest.