Harvard University Principal Investigator
Dr. Andreas Georgoulias
Zofnass Program Research Associate in charge
CG/LA Infrastructure contact person
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) – Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure of Harvard Graduate Scool of Design collaboration began in mid-2013 with two pilot case studies from their private sector finance department, expansion of the airport Juan Santamaria in Costa Rica (download case study in EN|SP) and a wind-farm Peralta in Uruguay (download case study in EN|SP). Later that year the collaboration was expanded in creating the first private sector infrastructure sustainability awards program, the Infrastructure 360° Awards, in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The IDB and Zofnass Program selects the 12 best projects submitted every year to undergo a detailed sustainability assessment, from which 3 will be chosen by a panel of experts for the People and Leadership Award, Climate and Environment Award, and Infrastructure 360° Award. The group of awardees will be announced each year at the IDB’s Annual Meetings.
The main objective of the Infrastructure 360° Awards is to help identify, raise awareness and promote ways in which sustainable approaches by the private sector and public private partnerships in the IDB borrowing member countries can be used to plan, design, construct and operate infrastructure projects.