Battle for the Boot is a shoe collection competition that supports the efforts of Shoeman Water Project in providing clean water to developing countries. Saint Louis University has competed in the competition for the past three years. Most recently, the St. Louis Higher Education Sustainability Consortium took on the challenge of coordinating Battle for the Boot.
What is Shoeman Water Project?
The Shoeman Water Projects sells the donated shoes by the pound to distributors who then send them to developing countries like Kenya, Afghanistan, Haiti, Panama, and Guatemala to sell affordable footwear. The Shoeman Water Project uses the revenue from the shoe sales to drill for wells and install pumps and purifiers for clean drinking water.
Last tuesday, march 22nd, world water day, there was a cocktail for the launch of the eBook “Management of Local Water Resources: a reflection for the city of Rio de Janeiro”. The happening gathered teachers that were involved in the book’s elaboration, as well as NIMA’s team and a few guests.
The publication – previously presented at the COP 21, in December 2015, by PUC-Rio’s scholars and the dean Father Josafá Antônio de Siqueira S.J.- was officially released as an eBook and is now available for download free of charge.
The importance of environmental education for conscious water preservation actions, the importance of geographic knowledge and the use of maps for the management of water resources and the legal protection of hydric resources in brazilian constitution are among the aspect approached on the essay, in order to create a multidisciplinary content.
A group of Fairfield University engineering students is helping a rural farming community in Bolivia get access to safe drinking water. The Fairfield students, along with a student chapter of “Engineers Without Borders” from South Dakota State University, traveled to the Unidad Academia Campesina (UAC) in Carmen Pampa, where expansive growth has created challenges with providing adequate potable water systems.
The students used their mechanical engineering skills to work on a water treatment system under the guidance of Bruce Berdanier, professor and dean of Fairfield’s School of Engineering.