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Through different projects and environmental initiatives implemented on the campuses, INCAE aims to transfer the knowledge acquired by students in the classrooms to their daily lives, through the experience of living on a sustainable campus.
Get to know our Campuses
Executive Residences Building on Walter Kissling Gam campus
The building was designed as a space for participants to be in a cool place with a bioclimatic design that incorporates criteria to make it more efficient in the use of resources. Some of the actions carried out were:
- Design of a ventilated cover, where the heat captured by the cover is dissipated, allowing the wind to pass between the cover and the enclosures
- Water heating by solar thermal equipment.
Stephan Schmidheiny Building
On October 25, 1995, the Swiss businessman Stephan Schmidheiny participated as an observer in a summit of the presidents of the Central American countries held at the Business School of Harvard University. After this event, INCAE proposed the creation of a new organization in the Central American region: a center for research, dissemination of knowledge and promotion of key ideas on competitiveness and sustainability. The initiative evolved into the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS).
Rooms- Executive Residences Building
The building uses materials with recycled content such as the carpet in the corridors and the plastic wood in the decks, low-consumption lighting fixtures, and low-consumption bathroom fittings and taps.
Most of the materials and construction systems were acquired locally and each room has natural lighting and operable windows to allow natural ventilation and low consumption air conditioners, in addition, they have a “smart” closure that turns off all energy consumption when leaving.
Executive Houses in Campus Francisco de Sola
When taking a walk through the Bellavista and La Cañada areas of INCAE's Nicaragua campus, it is easy to imagine that one is in a Mediterranean town. The simple elegance of the white houses contrasting with the green of the plants and the shadows of the palm trees makes you almost expect to see the sea between the white silhouettes of the buildings.
The houses have solar panels for water heating.
Executive Houses in Campus Francisco de Sola
Each room has its own bathroom and study space. Each house has a small kitchen and a shared living room, to encourage networking among the participants in the executive programs.
All the houses were designed incorporating sustainability criteria such as low consumption lighting fixtures and taps.
Fauna in INCAE
A fauna inventory was carried out in order to identify some of the species present in INCAE. The objective was to determine the areas of natural interest and to achieve through educational campaigns to broaden the level of environmental awareness and awareness of INCAE students and officials, as well as to improve the management of campus trails.
If you visit any of our campuses, you may have the opportunity to observe some of the 71 or 87 species of wildlife present on the Francisco de Sola and Walter Kissling Gam campus, respectively.
On the Costa Rica and Nicaragua campuses you will be able to find 80 and 53 species of trees respectively, when visiting INCAE's facilities and trails.
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Origins of the Walter Kissling Gam Campus
Originally, the Costa Rica campus facilities were built to house a country club called the Racquet Country Club. In 1982, an agreement was signed with the government of Costa Rica, with which, through the National Bank of Costa Rica, the facilities of the old Alajuela Racquet Club, located in La Garita de Alajuela, are donated. The operation had the support of Presidents Rodrigo Carazo and Luis Alberto Monge of Costa Rica and with USAID, which made a USD $ 4 million donation to refurbish the new campus that, being a country club, was to become the headquarters of an academic institution .
Some years ago INCAE owned a coffee farm located near the singles residences, located in the south-east of the CFDS. From this farm the coffee that was consumed throughout the year in the INCAE cafeteria was extracted.
One day, the farm workers who carried out their daily work, discovered a cave full of bats; When they entered, they saw that there were some drawings on the walls ... Later, I could see with my own eyes that they were drawings carved in the rocks, authentic petroglyphs. The workers began to call that place: "La Cueva del Indio"
Source: This story is part of INCAE's oral tradition and is based on an interview with Mr. Antonio Acevedo, Director of the Library System, and one of the institute's senior collaborators.