Alternative and Integrated Techniques to Addressing Challenges in the Developing World - Justin Trezza (Sustainable Harvest International)

Abstract: Since 1997 SHI has been confronting challenges faced in rural Central America, specifically deforestation, climate change, quality of life and food sovereignty.  In order to effectively combat these issues, SHI has taken a hands-on approach to development that empowers individuals to improve their current living conditions and pave the way for a healthy and sustainable future.  Presentation will cover the basic history and mission of the organization, and our philosophy towards development.  The majority of the presentation will direct the audiences attention to sustainable alternative and integrated design system including...
- Recycling of nutrients
- Biodigesters
- Solar eco-toilets
- Agroecology
- Guild systems
- Improved wood conserving stoves
- and more

Biography - Justin Trezza (Sustainable Harvest International):
    Since spring of 2008, Justin has worked as Field Program Director for the small Maine based international non-profit, Sustainable Harvest International.  To date, Justin has focused heavily on reformulated the organizations approach to sustainable and regenerative development, with specific on participatory research action.  Presently Justin is working with staff to devise new tools to measure and evaluate current programs in Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama and verify success of participants.   

    Justin received his undergraduate degree in International Development and Latin American Politics and Culture from George Washington University.  Justin has spent four years abroad living in Chile where he studied cultures and politics, and Honduras working as an agriculture volunteer for the Peace Corps.  Previous to SHI, Justin worked on Greenpeace’s climate change campaign, and did fundraising consulting for capital campaigns. 

    Passionate about the environment and food sovereignty, Justin enjoys spending his free time in the garden, promoting local food systems, or feeding his worms.  When not in the garden or Central America, he can be found cycling through Maine’s hills, cooking up a new culinary invention for friends, or learning more about biodynamic farming techniques.