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CRUSA Foundation Appoints New Executive Delegate

The Board of Directors of the Costa Rica United States Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA) announces the designation of Flora Montealegre as the new Executive Delegate for the organization, who will take on the position next November 1.

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CRUSA Forum analyzes finance opportunities for development works

Participating in the forum were Myrtille Danse, director of Hivos Latin America and chief panelist; Marcela Román, professor at the UCR’s School of Economics and representative of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Costa Rica; Ronald Vargas of the Banco Nacional; Ernesto Moreno of Yuxta Energy; Antonio Pérez, director of Mercado de Valores de Costa Rica and member of CRUSA’s Investment Committee; and Federico Villalobos, expert in infrastructure, financing and public and private project management.

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Climate Change News Waste Management

Municipalities make headway on decarbonization

Six municipalities are seeking to guide their cantons toward sustainable cities and develop waste collection and industrial support programs.

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Green Growth News

First competition for non-reimbursable funds invites companies to transform their exportable offer

In the first stage of this competition, 25 small and medium enterprises will be selected to apply for grants for projects such as certifications and environmental process and product innovation with an eye to energy efficiency, renewable energy use, emissions reduction, efficient water use and integrated waste management.   

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Six technical high school youths will be going to the U.S. on scholarships

The youths are receiving scholarships for two years of study at community colleges in the U.S.

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News Rural Economic Development

Less paperwork and better value-added products mark the difference in Costa Rica’s central Pacific zone

“Reaching for Scale has been a great opportunity for the company, since it has provided us with technical assistance for improvement and development of new products, and it has helped us build ties with different entities that have been very useful for improving our business,” remarked Noé Vargas, owner of Cosméticos Monteverde, which is getting ready to launch a papaya-based line of hair products.

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CRUSA pushes for a Costa Rica without single-use plastics

The national strategy for substitution of single-use plastics seeks to turn Costa Rica into a plastic-free zone through the collective volunteer actions of public and private sectors and civil society aimed at substituting disposable plastics such as straws and plastic plates with renewable and compostable alternatives.

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News Sustainable Transportation

Public transportation: crucial in the fight against climate change

The national inventory of greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sinks prepared by the National Meteorological Institute indicates that 68.7% of the energy sector’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions correspond to transportation.

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Costa Rica will pilot public electric buses

Three electric buses, known as e-buses, will be circulating on national roads in 2019 as a result of a project kicked off with the signing of a partnership between MINAE, the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT), the German development cooperation agency (GIZ), the Costa Rica USA Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA), and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

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Blue Growth Green Growth News

Our CRUSA partnerships will boost sustainable export businesses

Two strategic partnerships will help Costa Rica build an ample, robust and innovative offer of exportable products: one between the Costa Rica USA Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA), PROCOMER (the Costa Rican foreign trade promoter) and Fundación Banco Ambiental (FUNBAM) for creating a green growth program; and another between CRUSA and Conservation International (CI) for developing a blue growth program.

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