A new supplementary program from the Colorado College is transcending beyond the traditional classroom approach. Being part of the “Innovation for Poverty Alleviation: Water in the Tropics” initiative, the course intends to instil comprehension on water concerns, to in turn guide the design of a water reclamation network. The undertaking has already overseen the design and production of a recycling model that collects condensed water from industrial cooling/air conditioning machinery, to in turn facilitate the provision of drinkable water to those without sufficient access.
Dr. Kumar, author of the case study project, first approached Economics Faculty Professor Daniel Johnson and presented the idea of supporting technology adoption, a motive that prompted Johnson to form the class. The course seeks to assist students in investigating multidisciplinary aspects including cultural norms, environmental concerns, technology restrictions, implementation difficulties and financing/partnership frameworks; before they come up with final project proposals that are genuinely advantageous to societal members.