Appropriate Technology Collaborative

The Appropriate Technology Collaborative creates sustainable technologies that promote economic growth and improve the quality of life for low income people worldwide. We design, develop, demonstrate, and distribute affordable technologies. Working in collaboration with local talent and other nonprofits (NGOs) we create solutions that are culturally sensitive, environmentally responsible and locally repairable in order to improve the quality of life and reduce adverse impacts on the environment.

Appropriate Technology Collaborative
3796 Plaza Dr. Ste. 1E
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
United States
734-668-4811
http://apptechdesign.org
 BRIDGE Number: 6356595142

Executive Director

John Barrie

Management Team

Cora Lively, John Barrie, Colleen Connor Barrie, Merilynne Rush, Ruben Mata, Monika Goforth

Board of Directors

Diana Wong, Christina Watson, Jeffrey Benko, Craig Harvey, Samantha Kleitsch, James Herbin, Lori Hart

Project Leaders

Monika Goforth
John Barrie
John Barrie

Mission

The Appropriate Technology Collaborative creates sustainable technologies that promote economic growth and improve the quality of life for low income people worldwide. We design, develop, demonstrate, and distribute affordable technologies. Working in collaboration with local talent and other nonprofits (NGOs) we create solutions that are culturally sensitive, environmentally responsible and locally repairable in order to improve the quality of life and reduce adverse impacts on the environment.

Programs

ATC development programs aim to grow sustainable, local economies that provide dignified job opportunities to low-income communities by using locally available resources. Our program areas include: - social venture business development - educational appropriate technology design workshop for local communities - student design challenges to develop appropriate technologies Our appropriate technology designs make life easier, healthier and wealthier for low-income people by providing technologies such as: -alternative energy systems (solar/wind/hydro power, bio-char, human/bicycle-power) -solar refrigeration -solar lighting -water filtration and sanitation -affordable natural building techniques -squatter-city infrastructure -rural healthcare equipment. We work with engineering and design students from various US universities to design, build and test new solutions in Guatemala and Nicaragua. Our appropriate technology designs are shared open-source online, where designs have been built in over 43 countries. Our most recent program, "Mayan Power and Light" (MPL) educates Mayan women about electricity, circuit design and solar power. Young women learn how to use power tools to install solar power systems from small 2 watt solar lanterns to 2,000 watt solar installations. Working in groups of 4 - 6, MPL students take charge of installing a solar power on a home that lacks electricity. Having learned solar installation concepts, graduates can choose to start solar businesses, supported by ATC's Social Venture Program.

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Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2013: $97,000
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $97,000
  • Other funding sources: 40% Individuals, 40% Foundation, 20% Other
  • Religious Affiliation: None
   

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