Social entrepreneurship: integrating sustainable projects to strengthen community resilience

Tue. 21 Jan 2020


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Come along to this lunchtime CPD and hear Armando talk about his work at the ‘Ecological Park Cuitláhuac de Iztapalapa’ in Mexico. A light lunch and tea/coffee will be provided.

Mr. Armando Alonso Beltran, is a social entrepreneur integrating sustainable projects to strengthen community resilience. He will be presenting his work at the ‘Ecological Park Cuitláhuac de Iztapalapa’ in Mexico. The ecological park is an ongoing urban development project in which Armando has been an integral part over the last few years.

The Project began its first stage of three in June 2019, it is an ambitious and exciting initiative to develop one of Mexico City’s largest landfill sites which covers 145 hectares, with garbage once towering more than 100 meters high. After 220 specialists from various scientific disciplines met to coordinate evaluative studies of the site (including geographers, urbanists, hydrologists, botanists, biological, geophysicists, chemical engineering, environmentalists, landscapers, soil mechanics, topographies, biostatistics, among many others), the project was supported by the current Mexico City administration as a pilot initiative within Mexico’s green plan.

Mr. Armando Alonso Beltran will offer an introduction to site’s priorities with regards the project’s sustainable approach to construction, using recycled materials and city development. He will discuss the site’s history, the initial design concept and scheme design before explaining the project’s unique characteristics which stem from innovative schemes of material re-use, localised social inclusion programmes, local businesses initiatives supporting the re-use of plastic and other construction material and promoting fabrication methods involved in developing new plastic composites which are resilient to local climate and offering increased ‘stress and strain’ properties which allow for a new approach to strengthening the roads and groundworks in the park, minimising land shift or subsidence.

The project has generated international interest with businesses and governmental bodies from Europe visiting the site.

This event will be supported by the Newton-funded project “Climate Smart Resilient Communities”

A collaboration between University of Edinburgh, Heriot Watt University and Universidad Iberoamericana in Puebla.

Further details:

Please contact: Dr Soledad Garcia Ferrari

Visit the project’s Facebook Page.


Room 1.2, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre
5 Roxburgh Place
United Kingdom

12:30pm - 2:30pm

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