GIC Challenges

Arkhangai Cold Storage

Country or Countries Where Challenge Takes Place: 

Create a cold storage facility near the Hasu Shivert Facility in the Arkhangai Aimag, Mongolia.  This facility will be used to store vegetables for sale throughout the year.  As a collection point for the local area, the facility must be of reasonable size.  Many hills are available in the area.  

Commodity: 
Hills, arable soil, dairy, vegetables, buildings, hot springs, hot water (69 degrees C), large glass piles, pool, basketball courts, showers, passable road, greenhouses, farm equipment.
Custom & Culture: 
Resort has been traditionally Russian but has since been operated by Mongolians. Proprietor Munkhbat Hasu runs the facility and staff are trained in hospitality. Many agriculture workers work in the greenhouses, on grounds and near the property. Hasu is well known for his prized racing horses. Sporting facilities, swimming and hot tub facilities are all on grounds. Traditional Mongolian activities such as horse riding and archery are available.
Knowledge: 
Local knowledge about banking, business, short term debt cycles and credit matched with timeline. Farming, greenhouse, algae growing, resort operations, food and beverage, dining, health spa operation, massage, tourism, horse training.
Money: 
Value is currently unknown.
Technology: 
Geothermal heating on property, greenhouses, plant and algae growing technology, plumbing, heating, cooling, pipes, nozzles, equipment for greenhouse and farm.
Well-Being: 
Employment opportunities at resort, in greenhouses, and on grounds. Tourism to area significant in summer months. Plentiful food, vegetarian, dairy, and meat in the region. Health facilities for water treatment, massage, rest.

Arkhangai Greenhouse

Country or Countries Where Challenge Takes Place: 

 

Use available glass resource and collaborate to find ways to improve an existing greenhouse and thus extend the growing period of the Hasu Shivert Resort in the Arkhangai province.

Commodity: 
Hills, arable soil, dairy, vegetables, buildings, hot springs, hot water (69 degrees C), large glass piles, pool, basketball courts, showers, passable road, horses
Custom & Culture: 
Resort has been traditionally Russian but has since been operated by Mongolians. Proprietor Munkhbat Hasu runs the facility and staff are trained in hospitality. Many agriculture workers work in the greenhouses, on grounds and near the property. Hasu is well known for his prized racing horses. Sporting facilities, swimming and hot tub facilities are all on grounds. Traditional Mongolian activities such as horse riding and archery are available.
Knowledge: 
Local knowledge about banking, business, short term debt cycles and credit matched with timeline. Farming, greenhouse, algae growing, resort operations, food and beverage, dining, health spa operation, massage, tourism, horse training
Money: 
Value is currently unknown.
Technology: 
Geothermal heating on property, greenhouses, plant and algae growing technology, plumbing, heating, cooling, pipes, nozzles, equipment for greenhouse and farm.
Well-Being: 
Employment opportunities at resort, in greenhouses, and on grounds. Tourism to area significant in summer months. Plentiful food, vegetarian, dairy, and meat in the region. Health facilities for water treatment, massage, rest.

Gobi Tree Greenhouse

Country or Countries Where Challenge Takes Place: 

Use local abundance to construct an appropriate greenhouse that can weather the harsh climate and extend the tree growing season of in the South Gobi Desert.

Commodity: 
Haloxylon ammodendron trees on farm, land near Dalanzadgad city and airport, water springs, well, glass, municipal waste from Dalanzadgad, coal fired electric plant within 10 kilometers. No electric on site but transport to site and roads are very good, easy for glass transportation.
Custom & Culture: 
Haloxylon ammodendron trees are popular in the Gobi Desert as they have large root systems and bring water from depths to the surface. Bark and needles are water rich and provide a food and water source for grazing animals and livestock.
Knowledge: 
Haloxylon ammodendron seeding, planting, growing and harvesting expertise. Local business acumen and local business network links.
Money: 
Value is currently unknown.
Technology: 
Well, pumps, water drip systems, generators, garden equipment
Well-Being: 
Livestock have successfully lived in partnership with this tree for a very long time. Cultivation of the tree is a relatively recent phenomenon but provides the local economy and environment with many benefits. Trees reduce desertification, provide food/water for animals and humans, reduce erosion and provide employment in cultivation, sales and replantation.

Reynosa Mexico - Plastic Recycling and Water Cleanup

Country or Countries Where Challenge Takes Place: 

 Many Reynosa residents lack clean water and safe, durable living conditions.  In abundance, there is plastic and water filled with chemicals.  Therefore, the challenge is to identify water purification technologies, and plastic recycling technologies which can turn the plastic into building materials.  Some technologies may be compatible and accomplish both at the same time.  

Commodity: 
Plastics, water filled with heavy metals and chemicals, sand, dirt, minimal scrub, large multinational corporations continuing to produce plastics (constant stream).
Custom & Culture: 
Reynosa is on the Mexico and United States border. Due to the location, it is one of the largest border crossing points on the entire US/Mexico border. This creates commerce, but also conflict. There has been a recent increase in drug cartel violence. Also, flooding has been problematic in many areas. Water must be imported because groundwater is poisoned, there is a need for adequate shelter.
Knowledge: 
Value is currently unknown.
Money: 
Value is currently unknown.
Technology: 
Value is currently unknown. There is a local labor technology training as many work at large multinational factories.
Well-Being: 
Residents in Reynosa have strong community. Basic living standards need to be improved. Water is poisoned and needs to be imported. Food, clothing and shelter do not meet basic needs. Crime and violence are high. Good groups and individuals are working on these issues. The situation has improved - a few months ago, the situation was extremely dangerous.

Integral Urban Ecovillage Challenge

Country or Countries Where Challenge Takes Place: 

The challenge is to create a network of Integral Urban Ecovillages in the St. Louis Missouri region, as a model for emergency preparedness, distributed renewable power, food and water production, that is grid positive, more as an exporter of goods and services, including capturing and treating precipitation that falls on the site and treating greywater, vegetative waste and sewage for nutrient energy and water recapture and reuse.

Commodity: 
Water, rivers, caves, trails, people, parks, gardens, mineral springs, water, food, old buildings
Custom & Culture: 
Pride in neighborhood, importance of family, symphony, students earning service hours, schools, universities, art galleries
Knowledge: 
Future residents, universities, schools, engineering professors, climate scientists, school of nutrition, Capstone projects, storytellers, gardeners, Botanical Garden
Money: 
Contract with Commerce Bank for tax credits, sub-local currency, equity, unit reservations
Technology: 
Tools, equipment and materials for SCIPs manufacturing and gardening, Integral Urban Ecovillage, You and I technology, cohousing and ecovillage methodology, cost savings synergies among businesses healing arts, transformational training
Well-Being: 
Community focus, health care facilities, alternative health practitioners, dance, gardens, relationships

Papua New Guinea Water Project

Country or Countries Where Challenge Takes Place: 

Overview

In 2010, approximately 3,000 families in Papua New Guinea were displaced by a new Liquid Natural Gas extraction operation installed by Exxon Mobil.

The extraction operation displaced four distinct tribes, each with their own unique culture and traditions.  These four communities families are now living together in an open encampment just outside of Port Moresby, without access to clean water, sanitation, power, or adequate shelter.

Commodity: 
Water, land, fertile soil, grasses, trees
Custom & Culture: 
Displaced communities, custom, highland traditions, organization, elders
Knowledge: 
Site/property design/layout, water depth, gravity usage, technology implementation
Money: 
From project contributors, crops, market exchange
Technology: 
Windmill, well drilling technology, piping/distribution, holding tanks, Satellite imagery, photography, video, storytelling
Well-Being: 
Currently negative health conditions, aiming for improved health conditions. Currently organized in a displaced persons community, relocating to a community managed property. Healing, cultural rebirth, sharing, stewardship

Coconut Processing

Country or Countries Where Challenge Takes Place: 
Commodity: 
Coconut
Custom & Culture: 
Picking, drying, food product
Knowledge: 
Drying, need mass dehusking, meat processing
Money: 
Grant funding
Technology: 
Drying, need mass dehusking, meat processing
Well-Being: 
Food and export source