JIUS Case Studies: Projects

Asta Social Business

December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

Asta, a social business and producers/direct-sales network, has worked since 2008 to "transform lives by producing 'for good'"-promoting the production and distribution of quality goods that also do good for those in the network and Brazilian society at large. Founded and headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, Asta seeks to decrease inequality, increase market access for low-income artisans and entrepreneurs-especially women-and mobilize the consumer market for socially and environmentally beneficial goods.

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Baixada de Jacarepaguá Water Infrastructure

December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

Since 1995, the Baixada de Jacarepaguá area was the fastest growing region of Rio de Janeiro in terms of population and new construction, but the lack of available potable water seriously threatened the quality of life in the region. To overcome the lack of resources and of operational capacity to take on the challenge in a timely manner in the public sector, the Barra da Tijuca Community Association Câmara Comunitária da Barra da Tijuca (CCBT) reached out to the State Company of Water and Wastewater (Companhia Estadual de Águas e Esgotos-CEDAE), and to interested construction and commercial companies in the area, to leverage private financing for new water pipelines in exchange for water for future development project completion.

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Gramacho Landfill Gas to Energy System

December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

Through a plan to install a methane capture system throughout the landfill, Novo Gramacho Energia Ambiental and Companhia Municipal de Limpeza Urbana (COMLURB) were able to leverage Clean Development Mechanism financing to reduce the climate change impact of the Gramacho operations and to create a potential income stream for these actors in the future, through sell-back of the energy to a nearby Petrobras facility.

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"Bike Rio" System

December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

Since 2011, the "Bike Rio" project has installed an integrated system of over 60 bicycle stations in 14 major neighborhoods (over 600 bicycles) for use in Rio de Janeiro. This project complements the City's effort to provide bicycle lanes and alternative transportation options-the municipal government is in the process of doubling the cycle path system to over 300 km2.

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Integrating Transport Modes for Sustainability

December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

The City of Rio de Janeiro has identified the need for efficient intermodal stations and has included plans to implement several stations in critical areas of the City. In light of the upcoming global events of FIFA 2014 and the 2016 Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro is planning to implement a comprehensive network of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridors, which will serve close to 2 million people per day.

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