Santa Clara University

Use of Local Resources

Identifying local and readily available materials and manufacturing within a region for use within design rather than being limited to traditional resources which may be too expensive or may not be available. ex. "A SCU senior design project in Ghana involved the design and construction of a food storage facility that used readily available local building materials."

Case Study: Liter of Light


Isang Litrong Liwanag (A Liter of Light), is a sustainable lighting project which aims to bring the eco-friendly Solar Bottle Bulb to disprivileged communities nationwide. Designed and developed by students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Solar Bottle Bulb is based on the principles of Appropriate Technologies – a concept that provides simple and easily replicable technologies that address basic needs in developing communities.