Partnering for the environment

Project name:

Partnering for the environment

Project location: 

Brazil 

Sub-focus area: 

Education

The Geração+ Program aims to promote students’ creativity and leadership through social and environmental challenges related to natural resources, contributing to the creation of solutions that positively impact communities. The project trains public elementary school teachers to address concepts and values of sustainability in four categories: energy, fauna and flora, waste management and leisure and safety and. For each category, participants develop research activities that strengthen reading, writing, artistic expression, observation and critical sense skills. 

Impact:

Since 2019 the program has benefited 5,856 students and 409 teachers in 10 cities of São Paulo, Brazil

Partners:

Municipal Department of Education, LaFabbrica Brasil and AES Brasil Volunteers 

Dominican Association of Rehabilitation Association

Project name:

Dominican Association of Rehabilitation Association

Project location: 

Dominican Republic 

Sub-focus area: 

Health 

As of the 2010 census, there were more than one million people suffering some kind of physical disability in the Dominican Republic. On May 22nd 2018, a partnership between the AES Dominicana Foundation and the Dominican Rehabilitation Association was launched to support people with physical disabilities and offer physical, occupational, language therapy, pedagogy and other services.  

A national tender called for NGOs that could manage the center responsibly and with a proven track record in the Dominican Republic. In the case of the center, 15 new positions have been created for the residents of Los Mina over the course of the first year of operations, and part of the quota has been reserved for handicapped individuals. This is AES Dominicana Foundation’s first social project, creating an alliance that generates jobs for nearby community members and free assistance for our people.

Impact

11,168 services have been performed since inauguration 

Partners:

The AES Dominicana Foundation and the Dominican Rehabilitation Association 

Sustainable and specialty coffee and cocoa in the Tenza Valley

Project name:

Sustainable and Specialty Coffee and Cocoa in the Tenza Valley

Project location: 

Colombia 

Sub-focus area: 

Capacity Building 

Colombia is the largest producer of mild coffee and one of the few countries that produces fine cocoa worldwide. The Esmeralda Reservoir located in the Tenza Valley is surrounded by optimal areas for coffee and cocoa crops that historically have not been used properly, and whose potential had been unrealized.  

The Sustainable and Specialty Coffee and Cocoa programs develops high quality and high value products through sustainable agroforestry systems while simultaneously promoting the conservation of biodiversity, the protection of water resources and the strengthening of social structures to support new generations in the region. 

By partnering and sharing knowledge with coffee and cocoa producers, AES Colombia is empowering local producers and improving community knowledge, skills, attitude, and motivation for the management of crops.  

Impact

More than 102 coffee producing families and 43 cocoa producers have benefited

About 10,000 coffee seedlings were planted for renewing the coffee plantations in the municipalities of Garagoa and Sutantenza.   

Partners:

AES Colombia formed a strategic alliance with the Colombian NGO SELVA and 9 trade associations in a joint effort with the municipal mayors and government departments of Macanal, Garagoa, Almeida, Somondoco and Guayatá, the environmental corporation – Corpochivor, the national federations of coffee and cocoa growers and the Colombian National Institution for Technical Learning – SENA, Agrosavia and Corpoica among others.  

Through the development of centralized processes and the improvement of the quality of the grain, the project aims to develop specialty coffee and cocoa to conquer specialized market niches and increase profitability. With better market prices, producers can afford the costs of managing their crops, receive a wage payment and still obtain profits for other needs. Additionally, a mechanism of adaptation to climate change, was used for both programs to ensure better income in the long-term for the local coffee and cocoa farming families as well as more sustainable productive chains over time. 

EnerLab

Project name:

EnerLab

Project location: 

Mexico

Sub-focus area: 

Rural electrification

AES México partnered with a local university to implement EnerLab, a social energy challenge that tasked students to solve a problem in our communities using renewable energy solutions. The program merges theoretical-practical training for college students to design, build, and implement a solution in the community. In the first edition, over 30 students participated in the training to provide reliable electrical power to a rural school in Tamaulipas, México through the development of a small-scale windmill paired with energy storage.

Impact:

30 university students designed a solution for a local school with 100 children  

Partners:

Vestas   

Electricity safety in Vietnam

Project name:

Electricity safety in Vietnam   

Project location: 

Vietnam   

Every year on Values Day, we celebrate our values and recognize how we put safety first. AES Mong Duong has implemented an educational program on electricity safety that includes presentations and games to provide helpful information and increase awareness for the people in the local Cam Hai commune.  

In its first year, the educational program was combined with a home electric system renovation for fifty low-income households and nine public facilities where inspections and assessment had been carefully done by AES’ technicians one month prior to Values Day. All unqualified sockets, electric lines, light bulbs and appliances with a high-risk of electric shock were replaced or reinforced to ensure the safety of our community members. 

Impact:

In total, 100 households in need and 9 public facilities have been supported

Partners:

AES employee volunteers and People’s Committee of Cam Hai Commune

Trees for Indy and Indy free Tree Day

Project name:

Trees for Indy and Indy Free Tree Day  

Project location: 

Indiana, U.S.   

Sub-focus area: 

Green spaces  

Trees for Indy program, a partnership of IPL, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc., and DPW/Indy Parks, works to significantly increase plantings of public trees in Indianapolis and surrounding IPL service areas, provide care to those trees to enhance their longevity, and educate the public about the importance of trees to our quality of life.

IPL celebrates Arbor Day each year with the annual Indy Free Tree event to support ongoing sustainability efforts. At the event, 1,000 free trees are available to the community on a first-come, first-served basis. IPL encourages those receiving free trees to plant smart with utilities in mind and follow IPL’s Right Tree, Right Place planting guidelines. 

Impact:

Trees for Indy has planted more than 15,000 trees in the Indianapolis area since 1990

Indy Free Tree has worked with community partners on Arbor Day to give away 11,000 trees since 2008

Partners:

  • Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. 
  • DPW/Indy Parks,  
  • City of Indianapolis/Marion County Tree Board 
  • Hoosier Heartland Resource Conservation and Development Council 
  • Woody Warehouse Nursery 

DP&L Foundation Power Grants

Project name:

DP&L Foundation Power Grants 

Project location: 

Ohio, US  

Sub-focus area: 

Capacity Building 

Power Grants are strategic investments aimed at local partner organizations supporting new or continued innovative growth initiatives that will make a long-lasting impact on the people and communities in the Dayton Region. Collectively, these projects are transforming the landscape of the Miami Valley region, attracting businesses, fueling growth, and improving the quality of life for our families and neighbors. 

Impact:

Over the past seven years, The DP&L Foundation has awarded 79 Power Grants and one Community Power Grant totaling nearly $6.3 million to DP&L’s community partner organizations  

Partners:

AES employee volunteers and around 100 partner organizations including:

  • American Red Cross
  • Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
  • Clothes That Work
  • Crayons to Classrooms
  • Culture Works, Daybreak
  • Dayton Art Institute
  • Dayton Children’s Hospital
  • Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
  • Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
  • Development Research Corporation
  • Friends of Levitt Dayton
  • Gem City Market
  • Goodwill Easter Seals of the Miami Valley
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton
  • K-12 Gallery and TEJAS
  • Murphy Theatre Company
  • The Muse Machine
  • Omega Hope Center for Families
  • Rebuilding Together Dayton
  • Sinclair Community College Foundation
  • Think TV
  • United Way of Greater Dayton
  • University of Dayton
  • Dayton Live
  • Wright State University Foundation
  • WYSO Public Radio
  • YWCA of Dayton 

Rural electrification in Changuinola

Project name:

AES Energía Rural

Project location: 

Panama 

Sub-focus area: 

Rural electrification

AES Panama launched an initiative to bring electric power to the homes in the community where we operate. Through this project, AES Changuinola built 50 Km of electric lines and home installations in neighboring communities to our hydro power plant, providing electricity to 2,500 people for the first time and improving their quality of life in a significant way.

Impact

2,500 people in 5 communities with a large indigenous population 

Partners:

National Office of Rural Electrification – Panama

AES energía rural

Project name:

AES Energía Rural

Project location: 

El Salvador 

Sub-focus area: 

Rural electrification

Since 2001, through AES Rural Energy, we have contributed to reduce the number of households without electricity. We’ve been improving the quality of life of thousands of families from rural zones and providing them with new economic and social opportunities, including the possibility to create businesses and to enjoy the benefits of energy in order to receive better education, health services, traffic safety and healthy entertainment. Between 2009 and 2012, we established an alliance with Fomilenio that enabled the construction of 1,110 electrification projects. In 2016, we developed our first Solar Rural Energy pilot plan to provide households in remote zones acccess to electrical energy. This innovative project provided electrical energy from highly reliable solare nergy sources, benefiting 14 families in the Los Encuentros settlemen within the municipality of San Francisco Menéndez. In 2019, we started an intiative to support families in poverty by providing free installation of the electrical service and a basic system that included a breaker box, an outlet and an energy-saving lightbulb.  

In parallel with these initiatives, we give talks to rural communities on the safe use and efficient consumption of electricity. To date, more than 60,000 people from 1,047 rural communities throughout the country have benefited from these talks.

Impact

77,400 families

Partners:

Fomilenio, FINET (National Electricity and Telecommunications Investment Fund), municipal offices, and our AES people 

In parallel, we give talks to rural communities on the safe use and efficient consumption of electricity. To date, more than 60,000 persons from 1,047 rural communities throughout the country have benefited from these talks.