Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Guest Blog Post: SAISers in Brazil

Today, we have a guest photo blog post from SAIS student Kari Hatcher, who we previously interviewed for our Student Spotlight Series, about her recent Spring Break trip to Brazil.

During spring break, March 16-24, 2013, seventeen Energy, Resources and Environment (ERE) students traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to study the challenges of sustainable urban development. The goal of the trip was to explore investments in urban sustainability in light of the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. The areas of focus will include smart cities and environmental protection and clean up. The students met with local stakeholders including community organizers, elected officials, and non-profit and for-profit organizations. Notable visits included a trip to the Brazilian Development Bank, the Gramacho Landfill biogass collection site and a tour of the Salgueiro Caldeirao favela.

Instituto Baia de Guanabara, which does research on the bay to contribute to clean up and protection efforts.
Students in the meeting at the Instituto Baia de Guanabara.
Lunch in Niteroi, which is located about 30 minutes outside of Rio.
Inside the meeting at the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) offices in the center of Rio.
Outside the BNDES offices following our meeting about the bank’s investments in sustainability and the World Cup.
Some students at lunch in a well known restaurant in downtown Rio.
Students before a meeting at the Brazilian Sustainable Development Foundation.
Students visiting a Cooperative for Women’s seamstresses in Duque de Caxais outside of Rio.
Walking through the mud in the Mata Atlantica rainforest to the Waste picker’s Cooperative.
Brazilian school kids in Duque de Caxias.
Students sitting on the famous Escadaria Selaron in the Santa Teresa neighborhood in Rio.
After a meeting with Congressman Alfredo Sirkis in Ipanema.
A scene from the Escadaria Selaron.
Image of Rio de Janeiro and its well known favelas in the mountains.
The group of students outside the world famous Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer).
Thanks for reading!
– Erin Skelly Cameron, Associate Director of Admissions