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SMIT: DEVELOPING SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES FOR A BRIGHTER TOMORROW

SMIT: DEVELOPING SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES FOR A BRIGHTER TOMORROW

SMIT is not an ordinary company. We are busy innovating means to be able to provide the needs of our fellowmen and at the same time, working towards a better society and a better world for an even brighter tomorrow. And just how do we do that you might ask. SMIT pushes technology to the limits in order to solve the world’s most pertinent problems. Among the world’s most important concerns, SMIT has decided to focus on the issue of light. There are many homes and communities without access to light and we believe that having access to this resource will help them in many ways. It can help them to see things better and make them more productive along the way. Right now, SMIT is working on solar ivy products which use photovoltaic leaves that generate solar and wind power. Through the energy harnessed by the sun and wind, we are able to provide light in a renewable and sustainable way. These can be used in houses, commercial establishments, and community settings. The solar ivy products just need to be attached on the outside walls for them to harness the energy from the sun and wind. Our basic size comes in 4×7 feet measurement and this can produce 85 watts. But our products are customizable so we can have them in bigger sizes according to your requirement. Our solar ivy products can be used on their own as an alternative source of energy or they can also be used along with other solar panels to meet the demands of the household, establishment, and community.

While SMIT focuses on providing sustainable light through the use of renewable energy, we also work with other companies in the development of other sustainable technologies such as sustainable housing, sustainable agriculture, and sustainable ecosystems. SMIT works together with architects, engineers, and urban planners to discuss the latest trends in building and construction. We discuss green architecture, renewable energy, vertical urbanism, inclusionary zone, and participatory development. To cite an example of one of our collaborations, we are currently working with a company that manufactures residential garage doors in Phoenix using sustainable wood. We have also joint forces with other organizations in using green architecture for designing homes. Where possible, we incorporate the use of our solar ivy to ensure the use of renewable energy source and sustainability in the communities.

We have come up with this website to promote awareness about our solar ivy products. This is also a channel to reach out to more people and make them aware of renewable energy sources and other endeavors that make use of sustainable technologies as they provide the needs of our fellowmen. We do this in the hope of making the public realize that there is a better alternative out there, one that is friendlier to the environment. It can be done and it has been done. Many projects have been successful. But they need our support to help make this world a better place to live in and the promise of a brighter tomorrow can become a reality.

SUSTAINABLE HOUSING SOLUTIONS

SMIT Technology, SUSTAINABLE HOUSING SOLUTIONS

After studying the market for the most part of the previous year, 2019 is seen as a good opportunity for stakeholders to come together and share their thoughts, practices, and concerns regarding the housing situation among the urban poor so that ultimately, we can provide sustainable housing solutions and finally put a roof over each homeless person and family living in the streets. It is expected that the engagement of different stakeholders will prove to be fertile ground for the progress of housing and urban development in our society. Sharing of best practices from local and international organizations will be helpful. First of all, it is important to define what makes up a sustainable housing solution? Then, each organization can share their experience with sustainable technology. From here, we can come up with a Best Practice Sustainable House that incorporates all the valuable points of the different organizations. Although we have seen from some organizations that this is already being done, we want to give the target consumers more options and informed choices to make their investment worthwhile and also uplift their conditions from informal to formal settlements. It is also important to define the issues and challenges that the housing sector faces and what they entail to each sector – public or private alike. Issues such as laws and policies, architectural design, pricing of sustainable construction materials, financing among others need to be discussed. There are also cross-cutting issues that need to be considered such as disaster risk reduction and management, age and gender sensitivity, environmental concerns, and holistic community development. At the end of the day, it is about delivering solutions and results. This can be demonstrated through direct involvement in a best practice sustainable housing project as a test run. We can work with the government and community groups that are already involved in sustainable housing.

IMPORTANCE OF PARTICIPATORY DEVELOPMENT IN SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY

SMIT Technology, IMPORTANCE OF PARTICIPATORY DEVELOPMENT IN SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY

We should all be involved in the process of change. Everyone – individuals and companies alike – have a role in our pursuit of sustainable development. The common elements to sound participation are as follows. Many people are involved. The work of the community is not considered to be the special province of a knowledgeable few – perhaps the same elite leaders who have always run community affairs – but it is the business of everyone. Development is people-centered. Participating communities and companies are open to involvement by many groups. They divide up responsibilities in a way that draws on the special talents and interests of contributing organizations by assigning responsibility for independent action to these groups. Participatory development is open and advertised. The business of participating communities is open to all and widely-publicized. Citizens are informed by a variety of means about the community’s work, and opportunities for citizens to find meaningful roles in contributing to that work. Secrecy – which only leads to suspicion, distrust, and ultimately to the death of community involvement – is strictly avoided. This kind of development is open to all ideas. In participating communities, there is no such thing as a bad idea. All ideas are welcomed and treated with respect. This not only honors the person whose idea is put forward, but it also sets a welcoming tone for fresh ideas and inspirations that might otherwise be hidden due to fear of ridicule. Participatory development is inclusive and diverse. In a participating organization or community, no distinctions are drawn among various groups and types of personalities who offer themselves to community involvement. All persons are actively welcomed into useful roles, regardless of their color, age, race, prior community involvement, level of education, occupation, personal reputation, handicap, language, appearance, religion, or any other factor. Participating communities know and recognize that, truly, we are all made equal, that we have an equal right to share in the work and benefits of community enhancement, as well as in its costs. The road towards sustainability involves everyone.

LEARNING FROM THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

SMIT Technology, LEARNING FROM THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

There is an abundance of concerned organizations where we can learn the best practices for sustainable technologies towards sustainable development. Habitat for Humanity is committed to building communities in its advocacy to end poverty. Habitat for Humanity uses a holistic approach that provides not just shelter but child and youth development, health, productivity, community values formation and empowerment, and a green and sustainable environment. Ashoka is an international network of the globe’s leading social entrepreneurs – individuals who are committed to innovate and to be changemakers in response to the most urgent social problems of the world. As such, they are working on issues concerning affordable and sustainable urban housing and are looking for possible national and international solutions and areas of intervention. Ashoka held a competition regarding sustainable urban housing. They challenged concerned individuals to come up with affordable housing solutions for anywhere in the world keeping these in mind: they should be sustainable, safe and transferable. Ashoka has funded the projects that they deemed worthy. One of the projects that they funded was concerned with zero waste, sustainable architecture, and renewable energy. After a strong typhoon hit the Philippines last 2009, My Shelter Foundation, a non-profit organization, was motivated to come up with disaster-resilient and sustainable housing in urban settings. Together with the innovative minds of architects, urban planners, and designers, they aimed to build the first-ever green and disaster-resistant community. They pioneered this project in a distant province and hoped that it could be replicated in other parts of the country. They used plastic bottles as mold then fill them up with silicon as alternative construction materials for housing. They also have another project called A Liter of Light which is an inexpensive way of providing light to the homes of the community members. This is made possible by water refracting the sun’s light and shedding light into the homes’ interiors. All of these endeavors made use of innovations and sustainable technology to achieve their goal. There are many other organizations who are involved in sustainable technology and they give us hope as we anticipate how they can solve the world’s most pressing problems with the help of sustainable technology.