Current Partners

Center for Sustainable Systems

SWB is sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Systems (CSS) at the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS). SWB meets with the CSS External Advisory Board each semester to review progress. The Board provides guidance in planning, and identifies new areas of research or resources we can utilize for our projects.

International Institute

Support from the International Institute (II) at the University of Michigan has made the Peru Project possible.

Christian Revival Church Association

Christian Revival Church Association (CRCA) is SWB’s main partner in Liberia. The Christian NGO has been working in Liberia since 2007 and has played an instrumental role in all of SWB’s projects in Liberia.


African Studies Center

The African Studies Center, part of the University of Michigan’s International Institute, funded SWB’s first project (in Liberia). They continue to encourage us and keep us abreast of events, conferences, and partnership opportunities.

Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Matthaei Botanical Gardens (MBG), a forest-reserve and conservatory, and the home of the University of Michigan Campus farm, houses SWB’s ‘Incubator’ — where SWB researches, builds, and tests new technological prototypes (e.g., aquaponics systems, biodigesters, etc.).

Past Partners


Comunidad is a nonprofit organization that works with indigenous people in the Peruvian highlands, whose lives and communities were decimated by the Shining Path terrorist group in the 1980s and 1990s. Comunidad facilitated SWB’s initial involved with the community in Chaquipampa, Peru.

Center for Research on Learning and Teaching

Support from the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) at the University of Michigan has made the Peru Project possible.

Liberian Agricultural Company

The Liberian Agricultural Company (LAC) is a rubber plantation in the central coastal region of Liberia. SWB formed a partnership with LAC formed to help make their operations and communities more environmentally sustainable.

More Than Me

More Than Me (MTM) is a non-profit organization seeking to educate and empower young girls at risk for prostitution in one of the world’s worst slums in West Point, Liberia. SWB and MTM have jointly implemented a solar charging station and anaerobic digester at MTM locations in West Point.

USAID Excellence in Higher Education for Liberian Development

SWB partnered with the USAID program, Excellence in Higher Education for Liberian Development (EHELD) to develop curriculum and teach summer camps for young Liberian students interested in Agriculture and Engineering.

Better Living Using Engineering Lab

Better Living Using Engineering (BLUE) Lab is an undergraduate engineering organization at the University of Michigan. SWB has previously partnered with BLUE Lab to design and perform community assessments.

Clemson University’s Engineers Without Borders

Clemson University’s Engineers Without Borders (EWB) was there at SWB’s start. EWB members formed the first ambassador group for project implementations in Konia and Kpondeh Town, Liberia.

Brookwood Church

Brookwood Church in Simpsonville, South Carolina funded SWB’s first implementation project in Konia, Liberia.