Social Equity Matters, and Greener Houses Can Help: A Story from Guatemala

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 -
3:30pm to 4:30pm
Campus Location: 
Room Number: 
Multipurpose Room

A discussion with Green-building Social Entrepreneur, Manuel Antonio Aguilar

CASSA is a Guatemalan company focused on self-sufficient social housing that provides their users with 3 vital services: Clean Water, Clean Energy and Sanitation.  It is projected that by 2030 1.6 billion people will live in inadequate housing globally. However, there are solutions for this problem. In 2014 our generation finds itself in a “perfect storm” where different variables have collided, where technologies and knowledge are finally accessible everywhere, including developing countries. Efficient lighting, water filters, renewable energies, and waste management tools can easily be manufactured, transported and installed even in the most isolated communities, ushering in the era of intelligent social housing. Sustainable design can improve the quality of life through a dignified dwelling that provides its occupants with resources and services in a clean and renewable way.

In this session, Manuel Antonio Aguilar, President of CASSA will discuss the background of social housing, the current technologies available, the variables needed for a holistic approach to green design for self-sufficient houses, CASSA's experiences in developing intelligent social housing, the lessons learned through the process in Guatemala and the potential for this type of solutions worldwide.

Mr. Aguilar and Partner at Cassa, Janet Cole will be presenting a similar talk at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo being held at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans from October 22nd to the 24th.

Manuel Antonio Aguilar is a social entrepreneur from Guatemala focused on the Base of the Pyramid. He graduated from Harvard University in 2006 with Master’s in Astrophysics and a Bachelor with Honors in Astrophysics and Physics.  In 2010, he co-founded Quetsol, a solar energy Company focused on rural electrification, where he served as Director of Technology and Board Chairman.  For his work, he has received awards and recognition in local and international press and has participated in high-level forums in several countries. Previously, he worked for three years in quantitative finance and co-founded a global macro hedge fund in the United States.

CASSA sponsors a Summer Internship Program on the shores of Lake Atitlán, Guatemala for 10 recipients annually.

Connection Information for Distance-Based Students

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Co-Sponsored with the Tulane Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR) and Social Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship at Tulane.

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