Innovative Recycling Project in Costa RicaTurns to Crowdfunding for Completion
Environmentally-conscious architectsfrom the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)are looking to
finish their dream project in Costa Rica,and they are turning to social mediaand crowdfundingto see it come to life.
The name of the project is “
Nosara”, and it is one of the current
listings at KickStarter, a crowdfunding
web site that is billed as the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects.
part of a “design
build” challenge presented by NYIT. The initiative was
created byTobias Holler,Assistant Professor of Architecture at NYIT. Students
were challenged to find a long-term solution to the severe municipal solid wastemanagement problem at Nosara. The once-pristine beach has been threatened byan accumulation of trash as a result of an explosive population growth in thisformer farming and fishing village, which has been turned into a magnet fortourism and a prime retirement destination for foreigners.The trash problem in Playa Nosara is the result of many years of unevendevelopment. Major clean-ups along the beach have been performed in the past,organized by the International Coastal Cleanup initiative of theOcean
Conservancy non-profit. Tons of waste have been collected by volunteers thanks tothese efforts, but the unregulated dumping in Nosara has reached troublesomeproportions. According to Professor Holler:
“250 tons daily are dumped illegally into rivers and tropical forests,
polluting ground water, threatening the health of local communitiesand destroying a fragile ecosystem, whose well-being is of critical
importance not only locally but to the planet.”