SWB is sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Systems (CSS) at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources. SWB meets with the CSS External Advisory Board each semester to review progress. The Board provides guidance in planning, and identifies new areas of research or resources we can utilize for our projects.
Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) and the International Institute (II) at the University of Michigan have both provided grants to SWB which has made the Peru Project possible.
More Than Me (MTM) is a non-profit organization seeking to educate and empower young girls at risk for prostitution in one of the world’s worst slums in West Point, Liberia. SWB and MTM pursue joint sustainability projects such as a solar charging station and anaerobic digester for the current MTM locations in West Point.
Christian Revival Church Association (CRCA) is our main partner in Liberia. This Christian NGO has been working in Liberia since the war. Without their support, we would have never been able to do all we have in Liberia.
Liberian Agricultural Company (LAC) is a rubber plantation in the central coastal region of Liberia. This partnership was formed to assist LAC to make their operations and communities more environmentally sustainable.
Comunidad is a nonprofit organization that works with indigenous people in the Peruvian highlands, whose lives and communities were decimated by the Shining Path terrorist group in the 1980s and 90s. Their projects are focused on education and health.
SWB has partnered with the USAID program, Excellence in Higher Education for Liberian Development (EHELD) to develop curriculum and teach summer camps for young Liberian students interested in Agriculture and Engineering. We have designed computer labs and many of our members double as EHELD staff.
African Studies Center, part of the University of Michigan’s International Institute, funded our kickoff program. They continually encourage us and keep us abreast of events, conferences, and partnership opportunities at UM and Africa.
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, a forest-reserve and conservatory, and the home of the University of Michigan Campus farm, houses the aquaponics system that was designed for the SustainEd afterschool program. SWB will continue to work with MBG to integrate the system into their own educational programs.
Better Living Using Engineering (BLUE) Lab is an undergraduate engineering organization at the University of Michigan. They have been partnering with us to help with design and community assessments. They do great work!
Clemson University’s Engineers Without Borders (EWB) has been there from the start. They were our first ambassador group in doing implementations in Konia and Kpondeh Town. We collaborate very closely with this great organization.
Our friends at Brookwood Church in Simpsonville, South Carolina funded the first implementation project in Konia. They have been a great resource and they continue to support us whenever they can.