Laurie McGinley's (MS Sustainable Design) Acara team, Sewasan, has been selected as one of four winning teams in the 2011 Acara Challenge, a competition sponsored by the Institute on the Environment's Acara Institute which invites international student teams to learn about and develop social businesses.
Teams were charged with developing business ideas to tackle global challenges of food and water security. The winners will receive $5,000 plus tuition to attend the Acara Summer Institute in Bangalore, India where they will move their proposed businesses from plan to action.
McGinley's team will create and maintain toilet facilities in urban slums for a fee. The presence of these facilities will decrease the spread of food- and water-borne illnesses, increase quality of life and provide employment for local residents.