Action Lines and Sustainable Development Goals
By Engineers Without Borders (EWB) guidelines and through the UN Global Compact we develop our projects in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Those are a collection of 17 global goals set by the UN General Assembly: “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. For strategic reasons we associate each of our lines of action with the corresponding SDGs.
- Educational: Focus on professional training, improvement in teaching, collaborative training with engineering students and awareness initiatives;
- Management and Entrepreneurship: Tools and methods to help organize and manage institutions through the encouragement and promotion of entrepreneurial activities;
- Infrastructure and Basic Assistance: Seeking to soften the needs of the individual and the institutions (raise food and clothes, painting, renovation, water and sanitation project, etc);
- Sustainability: Striving for efficient use of resources such as solar heating, water reuse, recycling and waste disposal, conscious use of spaces, community gardens and water and wastewater treatment.
Below are some projects that we have already done among more than 750 successfully completed, which impacted more than 84.000 lives.
Zero Waste Week
The project seeks to develop awareness activities of correct destination of the waste and the decrease of it. In 2018, it carried out actions focused on: school awareness, cleaning of public places and actions to collect electronic waste.
Promotes environmental education and provides facility upgrades through projects about renewable energy (water and energy) and infrastructure using engineering. In addition to lectures with staff and students they promoted the creation of a vegetable garden and worm farm.
Held in: Florianópolis.
D-Day – Ecological Awareness
The project shows the importance of environmental education for high school students from the Municipal Schools of Caraúbas, as well as for students entering the Federal Rural University of Semiarid, through lectures that promote greater environmental awareness.
Use of Bioconstruction Techniques as an Educational Tool
The objective of the project is to raise environmental awareness and train young people and adults from public communities and schools in the production of solid soap from frying oil, through practical and dynamic workshops. The project was awarded as the best of the action line during the VI cbESF.
Held in: Rio das Ostras.
The CRIATEC project was developed and applied to students, from 10 to 12 years old, with the objective of developing interest in the programming area, with an introduction to the Scratch program and programming a game to apply the concepts developed during the course.
Management and Entrepreneurship
The main objective of the project, in addition to promoting the organization, is the environmental awareness and training of young people and adults from communities and public schools of João Pessoa in the production of solid soap from used oil, through practical and dynamic workshops.
Held in: João Pessoa.
The ALAS project – Lean Application in Healthcare – seeks to apply the Lean philosophy and its tools in the pharmacy sector. Regarding the tools, the following topics were covered: Value Stream Mapping, SMED, 5 Whys, PDCA Cycle, 5S, 4Ps.
Fala Engenheir@!: The Challenges of Being a Woman in Engineering
A series of lectures with varied themes, covering the pillars of engineering, education, sustainability and volunteering related to the role and inclusion of women in this environment.
Held in: Belo Horizonte.
Production Engineering and 5S
This project is an application of production engineering through: Organization and standardization of files / forms / processes, Layout changes, Improve in visibility and marketing, Organization and control of donation and material stocks.
Held in: Juiz de Fora.
Project Management Implementation
The project is based on the implementation of a project management tool through the PMBOK Guide of the PMI (Project Management Institute), at the Vitória Chapter, with the objective of correcting failures resulting from the execution of projects in the organization. The project was awarded as the best of the main areas during the VI cbESF.
Held in: Vitória.
The Business Plan project aimed to identify, discuss and apply solutions in the administrative and marketing part of a company. From the realization of the Canvas, it was possible to outline the project, moving from capturing information to applying the solutions.
Infrastructure and Basic Assistance
The purpose of the project was to guarantee basic sanitation and health for all spheres of the city, creating a sewage collection and treatment network for the entire local community, through a filter tank.
An architectural project was elaborated, the ecological brick was made and the work was done by the volunteers and the local community, in the form of a collective effort. The objective was given in order to supply the need of the local APAE in having the structure for the practice of hippotherapy.
Held in: Passos.
Start Over Project
To combat physical disabilities, 3D printed prostheses were developed from the recycling of waste extracted from the sea. The aim of the project is to distribute these prostheses free of charge to the population nationwide. The project was awarded as the best of the main subjects and also as the best project of all during the VI cbESF.
Held in: Natal.
The activity is carried out in a general task force, with the presence of all NGO members and with a defined date. One action per month is carried out, such as the construction of vegetable gardens, reforms, visits to underserved communities and fundraising.
Held in: Santa Maria.
Popular Engineering to Build Another Economy: Agroecological Experience
Fostered at the approach between the rural settlement São Luiz Sustainable Development Project (PDS) and the São Paulo State Architects Union Responsible Consumption Group, in order to contribute to the population’s food security and promote the sustainable development of the rural territory.
Held in: São Paulo.
Home Without Gaps
In addition to preventing infiltration into the houses where the project is applied, using the properties of aluminum, which compose the long life packaging, to improve the thermal comfort of the houses. The application of thermal blankets made with tetrapak facing the interior or exterior of the residence depends on the weather conditions.
The project consists not only of installing the system, but also in presenting a lecture full of knowledge about water and how we can make rational use of it to the school’s faculty and students. The project was awarded as the best project of the main topics during the VI cbESF.
The high production of food in educational institutions makes the installation of composting viable in order to treat and use organic waste, so a compost with drainage for the slurry was installed.
Held in: Tupã.
The project consists of building, from pallets and PET bottles, a vertical garden, with the objective of teaching children and adolescents sustainability and plant growing.
The project was developed due to water scarcity in Viçosa, Minas Gerais. In order to reuse the waters of the residence, a wetland prototype – filtering garden – was implanted in a residence to mitigate this problem.
Held in: Viçosa.
The projected biodigester will provide the Trangola settlement a new dynamic considering that the cattle waste from the settlement will be used to produce biogas and biofertilizer.
Held in: Natal.
The Engineers Without Borders – Brazil network continues to spread its green wave across the country and beyond. We have over 350 ongoing projects, some of which are listed below.
Reconstruction of Mozambique
Reconstruction Mission with the Engineers Without Borders – United States (EWB-USA) team and with the UN. In its first mission in 2019 it has already carried out more than 30 surveys and created a new model of sanitation system to be applied in the country.
Held in: Moçambique.
Project with Venezuelans
The project in partnership with the Armed Forces and the United Nations to support immigrants and refugees. Creates technical projects to provide housing conditions and immigrants’ insertion in the Brazilian labor market.
Held in: Boa Vista.
The Professional Training and Improvement Project offers young people Scientific Dissemination courses in several topics as: Quality Control, Education/ Entrepreneurship, Applied Logistics, Food Processing and Labor Safety.
Held in: Porto Alegre.
Task force without borders
Assistance is provided to those who are able to build their own home, using their own materials and labor, but are unable to hire a professional engineer to advise during the planning, design and execution of the work.
Held in: Tucuruí.
The Priscila Zanette Institute seeks to provide the community with an humanized transformation. Along with it, it will be possible to give even more magic to the world of books, where children from Jardim Paraíso get to dream in the midst of vegetable gardens and gardens.
Project which aims to raise environmental awareness, healthy eating and food responsibility for underprivileged children and youth in the city of São Paulo.
Held in: São Paulo.