Infrastructure
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A community depends on strong infrastructure that enables growth, from basic water, food, and power needs; to shelter, schools, and hospitals; to transportation, supply chains, and communications. Resolution Fellows are working to provide communities around the world with robust infrastructure that leads to stronger, more sustainable development.

A community depends on strong infrastructure that enables growth, from basic water, food, and power needs; to shelter, schools, and hospitals; to transportation, supply chains, and communications. Resolution Fellows are working to provide communities around the world with robust infrastructure that leads to stronger, more sustainable development.

Plastic Vending Machine

Ria Ellysa, Regina Rima Rianti, and Alya Nurshabrina Samadikun are founding Plastic Vending Machine.  This venture aims to reduce plastic waste in Bandung, Indonesia by introducing a reverse vending machine where people can receive money for trading in their used plastic bottles.  This will help address flooding that has been exacerbated by plastic waste clogging the city’s drains.

Team Gyan

Suman Kumar & Avishek Chetri are co-founding Team Gyan in Nuwakot, Nepal to rebuild schools destroyed by the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. Students from the first school they will rebuild have been taught under temporary shelters; they will use a ‘Portal Shelter’ modular design that will allow for rapid deployment, use of local materials, safer and earthquake-resistant construction to provide a safer and more lasting solution throughout Nepal. Recently, the venture has provided one school structure to enable 25 primary school children to get back to school and study in a safe environment.

Avishek Sanjel Chhetri

Born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal, Avishek has grown to realize the health disparity that exists globally in terms of quality healthcare services. Avishek is driven by his passion to bring change to the healthcare sector of Nepal. Avishek is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Rochester studying Biochemistry and International Relations. He plans to pursue an MD-MPH and work with rural communities in Nepal. He co-founded Team Gyan to rebuild schools that were destroyed during the 2015 earthquake in Nepal.

Suman Kumar

Suman is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Rochester in New York, pursuing a major in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Business. He has engineering experience and has worked on several engineering projects in Nepal, including an earthquake relief project that provided shelters for approximately 26,000 earthquake victims. He previously ran a successful fabrication business where he dealt with several international organizations, including the United Nations.

Smart Socket Systems

This engineering student has devised a distributed electric metering and management system through plug-in devices for individual homes.  These plugs provide customers the appliance-by-appliance real-time information to reduce their energy costs by shifting their usage to off-peak times, powered by a mobile app.  These devices would reduce the load on the grid, flatten the demand curve, save families money, and build resilience into a power system that would also eventually be less often forced to turn on additional (potentially environmentally-damaging) power plants at peak times. 

Roots of Renewal

Roots of Renewal is a community development non profit working in New Orleans to break cycles of poverty and crime. The organization employs formerly incarcerated young men to renovate blighted properties in Central City, one of the most dangerous and impoverished communities in the city. While working on the property, the program participants receive hands-on job training from experienced contractors, carpenters, and other construction specialists.

Energant

Jacqueline’s team is developing a product to reduce indoor air pollution and provide electricity through a cheap, scalable platform for families in the developing world.  She also aims to increase the efficiency of cooking fires, consequently decreasing the amount of fuel used, the carbon footprint, and air pollution.

Green Garbage

Resolution Fellow Carlos Garcia has brought together over twenty students to work on his Venture, Clorofila, or ‘Green Garbage’, creating awareness of recycling in Venezuela.

Making the Most of Water

Betsy Graves and Dan Cahill received their Resolution Fellowships for the project, ‘Making the Most of Water,’ through which they piloted micro-drip irrigation in Nyanza Province, Kenya.  The test plots were so successful that the local community and water authority have formed an alliance to bring more of these systems to the region.  

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