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Two New Members Join the National Team!
We are pleased to welcome Anabela Carigo as a Development Coordinator and Chris Thai as a Chapter Relations Coordinator. Click their photos to learn more about them!
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Chris Thai

Chapter Relations Coordinator


Join the Digital Conversation!
Whether you are a student, alum, faculty or professional, we invite you to join fellow ESW members across the world in our online discussions. Whether it's asking for feedback on the design of your chapter project or simply sharing a cool article you read in the paper, by all means, start the conversation by tweeting us @eswusa or posting on the ESW community groups on Facebook, LinkedIn and Reddit. Plus, don't forget to hashtag #ESW in your posts!
What We're Reading
The National Team is reading the Upcycle, which is the heir to Cradle to Cradle - same authors, same concepts, ten years later and full of examples. You should grab a copy and discuss it with us

The Kochia Chronicles, just released by Dr. Khanjan Mehta at Penn State, is a book about a district in Western Kenya. Or, it's a set of stories that show the cultural context that is often overlooked by those doing international 'development' work. Or, it's an amalgamation of the author's experiences and research that could easily be labeled as required reading. 

Read our full review here.
August 2013 Newsletter



Welcome to the August edition of the ESW Newsletter! I hope you are having an enjoyable summer and are ready to get back to school. We - your lovely ESW National Team - have been very busy setting the stage for a groundbreaking year for ESW. Figuratively speaking, of course.


In this issue, you will find information about our four "Project Skills" webinars, as well as a project opportunity to design and build machinery with Open Source Ecology. In addition, you will find this month's featured project - a hydroelectric project in Thailand - and upcoming events, including the ESW Regional Conferences, our Education Webinar, and Campus Sustainability Day. On the left, you can learn more about our two newest National Team members, ways to communicate with fellow ESW members online, and books we have read or recommend. 

To skip around to different sections within this newsletter, simply click on the links on the sidebar under "In This Issue". If there are things you'd like to see or share, please let us know at or tweet us @eswusa.


Sustainably yours,


Andrew Chung

Communications Director


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Fall 2013 Skills Webinar Series and September Educational Webinar
As part of the new school year ESW National has put together a series of webinars on project skills. Each webinar will have 30-45 minutes of presentation by the respective speaker and the remaining time will be open to Q&A. Here is the list of topics, speakers, times, and links for you to register:


Project Skills Webinar SeriesDateTime
101 - Developing a Project with Alex WorcesterTues Sept. 107pm EST
102 - Project Management with Rob BestMon Sept. 167pm EST
103 - Grant Writing with Kyle GraceyMon Sept. 307pm EST
104 - Marketing and Outreach with Andrew ChungTues Oct. 157pm EST


Read more about the series here, and if you have any questions or concerns regarding the webinar series or ideas for future webinars please contact our Education Director, Justin Hess, at


ESW + Open Source Ecology: A Project Opportunity for Chapters
ESW was recently approached by Open Source Ecology, a group that aims to make the machinery of life modular, low-cost, and open-source. OSE is the maker of the Global Village Construction Set, which aims to make open-source designs for 50 common machines so that anyone with the right skills and materials can build a tractor, brick-making machine, or (eventually) laser cutter. Your chapter has the opportunity to conduct a number of design improvements on their open-source machinery, as well as build copies of them for local partners. For more information, visit the full post. 
Monthly Features
ESW-UCSD's Thailand Water & Energy Project
Over the past three years, the ESW chapter at UC San Diego, in a partnership with a Thailand-based NGO, successfully designed and implemented a small-scale hydroelectric system that powers an ultraviolet water filter and an irrigation system for use in northern Thailand. In other words, this project's impact is three-fold, by providing electricity, clean water, and an efficient irrigation system to the villagers of Kraw Tah. Four ESW-UCSD members traveled to Chiang Mai--the northern Thai province--to implement the project with their partner organization, Integrated Tribal Development Program (ITDP).  
The goal of the Thailand Water & Energy Project was to design, develop and implement efficient and cost-effective infrastructures that provide sources of water and renewable energy. The project consisted of four sub-teams: Purification, Irrigation, Hydroelectricity and Bioenergy Teams. These four sub-teams focused on different aspects of the project, aiming to develop technologies and systems that provide water and energy to rural villages in Northern Thailand. The four sub-teams collaborated and shared resources and experience in order to work efficiently, allowing the project to become a success. Each sub-team researched, designed and implemented sustainable systems that best fit the conditions of these Thai villages, in hopes to gradually move the villages out of poverty.


To read about their recent trip and learn more about this featured project, visit the full post.  


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Upcoming Events
Coming This Fall: ESW Regional Conferences! 

Wanted to get to an ESW conference but found the travel too much? Good news - we're expanding our conference lineup to include regional events! Starting this fall at ESW-Pitt and ESW-RPI, come share projects, build community, and discuss regional issues, all while staying relatively close to home. 


Read more here!.



Educational Webinar: Green Buildings and Sensing Networks

In addition to the project skill seminars, our first ESW Educational Webinar topic of the fall semester will cover green buildings and sensing networks. The "Cogent Computing" webinar, presented by John Halloran, will be held on Wednesday, September 25th, at 12pm EST. 


Read more and register here!


Campus Sustainability Day

Campus Sustainability Day is a time to recognize the successes, challenges, and innovation of sustainability in higher education on each campus. CSD 2013 will take place on October 23rd with the theme "Climate Adaptation: Resilient Campuses & Communities." How will your ESW chapter integrate this year's theme into projects and programs on your campus? Tweet us @eswusa! And stay tuned - we have a few programs to share in a month or two. Read the full post here.

If you know of any conference and events in your area that you would like to share, please email us at
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