Preserving the Environment and Promoting Social Well-being
With its 232 thousand square meters, located in an area of springs and water sources, the FEI campus in São Bernardo do Campo boasts a vast green area with a wide variety of fauna and flora. With technological progress always in mind but without harming nature, the socio-environmental projects run at FEI have not only contributed to environmental preservation but also to social transformation and sustainability.
In 2003, 18 thousand square meters of asphalt which covered the access roads within the campus were substituted with interlocking permeable pavement (known as blocrete), allowing better drainage of rainwater. In this same year, more than 1000 flower seedlings were planted making the campus even more agreeable and preserving the garden areas where grass is laid and mown throughout the year.
Waste Recycling Project
In order to find an alternative destination for the 11 tons of recyclable material generated by the institution other than the public waste dumps, 10 years ago FEI introduced the Waste Recycling Project. Efforts to make students, teachers and employees aware of the need to recycle resulted in the installation of differentiated waste collectors across the campuses. Today all the recyclable material collected at FEI goes to the "Lar da Mamãe Clory", an entity which cares for needy children. There, a team of 15 employees separates the material which is pressed, baled and sold to recycling centers. All proceeds are destined to the maintenance and upkeep of the home.
Roda D'Agua Project
Invented by the Electrical Engineering course teacher, Mario Kawano, the aim of the project is to take electrical power in a sustainable way to places far from urban centers, mainly in rural properties, and consists of converting part of the water from mountains and lakes into sufficient electricity to light bulbs and appliances in a home.
To obtain energy, the owner has to install the equipment in places where there are waterfalls. This water goes to a wheel, which when it turns, generates electrical power and the energy is stored in batteries that can be used to supply a small-sized home at night. Approximately 27 watts of electricity is generated, enough to power lights, radio and television. Part of the day the wheel can pump water, which, when finished, starts the process to store power and for this power to supply the house, a no-break is needed.
Located two hours from Ubatuba, on the North coast of São Paulo, is the house of banana planter Domingos Chrispin Santos, in the region of Maranduba, who was a beneficiary of the project. The banana planter used to have a generator fueled by diesel to produce electricity, which resulted in a monthly consumption of 88 liters of fuel. With this project the environment will now receive about 4 tons less of CO² this year.
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