Updated: Sep 27
Earth & Life University | Mexico
Team members: Alejandro Aceves Jiménez, Valentina Díaz Alcalá, Rocío Toledo, Fadra Fonseca, and Lesly Solis
Hi! We are the Programa Biomasa team. These are the profiles of our team:
1. Alejandro Aceves: Bachelor's Degree in Biology with specialization in Molecular and Aquatic Biology; Candidate for a Master's Degree in "Ecology and Human Health". Expert in Industrial Safety, Occupational Health and Environmental Planning.
2. Valentina Díaz: Experience in standardized operating procedure of Hermetia illucens for animal concentrate in the municipality of Palmira, department of Valle del Cauca. Colombia.
3. Rocio Toledo: Designer and specialist in communication focused on sustainability.
4. Fadra Fonseca: Student of the master's degree in ecotechnologies and sustainable innovation
5. Lesly Solis: Specialist in forestry management and academic coordinator at Earth & Life University
Report 1: June 2022
ADMINISTRATIVE LEGAL BACKGROUND
In 2009, in the Federal Government's Chamber of Deputies (Representatives), the citizen representative of District 34 of the Municipality of Toluca was presented with alternative energy programs (solar stoves), the production of vegetables in hydroponics, and the implementation of the Biomass Program.
In 2013, The H. Municipality of Toluca created the "Environmental Education Center" in the Matlatzincas Urban Park. One of the Environmental Education programs is the Biomass Program, where the benefits of transforming urban organic solid waste (RSOU) plus the Vegetable Cutting in Soil Base are shown.
In 2016, with a new administration, the H. Municipality of Toluca approved in Cabildo the implementation of the Biomass Program with Oficio y Expediente No. SHA/CABILDO/124/2016.
The Municipal Council for the Protection of Biodiversity and Sustainable Development (COMPROBIDES) of the H. City Council of Toluca approved on July 21, 2016, the Biomass Program to be implemented in the municipality of Toluca through the Directorates of Environment, General Services, Economic Development, and the Subdirectorate of Sustainable Rural Development.
With the No. oficio 21401A000/5985/2016, the "Gaceta Municipal Semanal No. 46/2016", dated December 19, 2016, where the authorization of the Biomass Program is reflected in the Bando Municipal of the municipality of Toluca.
In the year 2018, in Toronto, Canada, in the meeting of the parties of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition CACC and the Methane Gas Initiative, the Biomass Program and the development of Soil Base were presented. Here, this technique was qualified as a GOOD PRACTICE PUBLIC POLICY. Also, noting the considerable elimination of GHGs.
The work of the Biomass Program continues at the Environmental Education Center in Matlatzincas Park. And in the Research Center for Organic Production in the development of "Base Soil" for the production of:
1. Organic vegetables
2. Elaboration of bricks
3. Vegetable cutting stoves
I.Continue promoting the Biomass Program in communities in the area and replicate it in other regions.
II.Continue to prepare the GOOD PRACTICE PUBLIC POLICY document so that the "Biomass Program" can be presented at a BINDING level to the countries participating in COP27.
Report 2: July 2022
In the Municipality of Rayon, State of Mexico, the work of the Biomass Program continues at the Research Center for Organic Production in the elaboration of "Base Soil" to produce:
Elaboration of bricks
Vegetable cutting stoves
Liquid organic fertilizer
At this time of agricultural production of cacahuazintle corn, fava bean, quelites (leafy greens), creole squash, and mushrooms, local and green economies are being promoted. "Base Soil" is being used to nourish the soils, promoting the Biomass Program in communities in the area and replicating it in other regions.
We are continuing to prepare the GOOD PRACTICE PUBLIC POLICY document so that the "Biomass Program" can be presented at a BINDING level to the participating countries in COP 27.
Master students from Earth & Life University are being incorporated into the Biomass Program in collaboration with the Global University Forum on Climate Change.
We are beginning to count the Tons of Soil Base produced with the RSOU to determine the positive impact that is being generated in terms of the Carbon Footprint to minimize the greenhouse gases that are precursors of climate change, specifically methane and carbon dioxide.
Report 3: August 2022
Earth & Life University has uploaded the Biomass Program's publication on its website: Foro Universitario Global sobre el Cambio Climático 2022 - Earth & Life University (earthuniversity.edu.mx) We currently have the following numbers: LinkedIn (118 views, 88 direct interactions). On Instagram (271 views, 18 direct interactions, and 6 comments) The students who joined the Biomass Program, Master's students of the Earth & Life University, and the Global University Climate Forum. They uploaded the LinkedIn post and the blog article they wrote. So far, what the numbers have been like (+2637 views, 492 direct interactions, 12 comments)
IMMEDIATE TASKS We continue to count the Tons of Soil Base produced with the RSOU, 40 tons of "Soil Base" production as of July 2022. The positive impact that is being generated in terms of the Carbon Footprint is 1,523 tons of CO2. The formula used by the E&LU is to minimize the greenhouse gases that are precursors of climate change, specifically methane and carbon dioxide.
Report 4: September 2022
Earth & Life University has uploaded the Biomass Program:
This information is an Opinion and an Administrative Report on the operation of the Biomass Program the intention is that it will serve so that other municipalities interested in the implementation of the program in their territory have the notion of which administrative and operational areas should be involved and the tasks of each one of them.
For COP27 be a BINDING "Public Policy of Good Practices", where the participating countries commit to implement the Biomass Program in their territories.
Implementation of the BIOMASS Program
TOLUCA MUNICIPAL PRESIDENT PRESENT.
I am referring to the opinion of the File: SHA/CABILDO/124/2016. That it be approved in the Forty-first Ordinary Session of the Council of the Honorable City Council of the Municipality of Toluca, on
December 19, 2016. Based on the provisions of articles 115 of our Magna Carta; 18 and 139 section II paragraph a) of the Political Constitution of the State of Mexico; 31 section XXIII, 69 section I paragraph m) and 162 section VIII of the Municipal Organic Law of the State of Mexico; 31 section XXIII, 69 section I paragraph m) and 162 section VIII of the Municipal Organic Law of the State of Mexico; 1.1 section I, 4.5 section XV, and 4.86 section VIII of the Code for Biodiversity of the State of Mexico
1.- Derived from official letter number 21401A000/3871/2016, dated September 14, 2016, signed by the Secretary of the H. City Council and in compliance with the instruction received at the Thirty-first Ordinary Session of the Cabildo, it refers to the Commission of Preservation, Restoration of the Environment and Ecological Reserves, file number SHA/CABILDO/124/2016, regarding the request for authorization so that in all the Delegations that make up the Municipality of Toluca the Biomass Program is implemented (transformation of urban organic waste plus vegetable cutting of gardens on a soil basis), in order to carry out the corresponding analysis and opinion.
2.- Once File: SHA/CABILDO/124/2016 related to the Biomass Program was approved, this commission held working meetings with the Directorates involved; these being in accordance with the functions entrusted.
3.- In the month of February of the current year; a Service contract was worked out between the H. City Council and a Citizen of the Municipality of Toluca, delivering the document to the Legal Department for approval. Where the Legal Directorate commented on its inadmissibility because the agricultural land (1 hectare) for the production of corn, broad beans, beans, and pumpkins, located
in the Delegation of San Felipe Tlalmiminolpan did not have a Public Deed before a Notary Public of the Property.
4.- Personnel from the First Regiduría carried out a verbal survey to find out how many agricultural lands are in production in the Delegations of San Felipe Tlalmiminolpan; San Juan Tilapa; Tlacotepec; Capultitlan; Cacalomacan, had a Public Deed before a Notary Public; having as a result that of 30 neighbors interviewed who are dedicated to agricultural production, none had a Public Deed before a Notary Public.
5.- To date, the Biomass Program, which is already authorized by the Cabildo and published in the Municipal Government Gazette, is not in operation.
I.- That the Municipal Decree of Toluca 2016, in the Third Chapter related to the attributions in terms of protection of the environment, biodiversity, and the sustainability of water, First Section of the Protection of the Environment and Biodiversity; in its article 68, it determines the attributions of the municipal authorities in matters of protection of the environment and biodiversity, applying to the specific case sections I, III and VI. Related to promoting, fomenting, disseminating, designing and implementing programs to prevent and restore ecological deterioration and environmental contamination in the different sectors of the community.
I.- Economic resources are considered for the operation of the Biomass Program as of the date of presentation of this document.
FIRST.- That the Municipal Presidency instructs the corresponding areas to locate and allocate land owned by the H. City Council with the characteristics required to start the operation of the Biomass Program.
SECOND.- That the Municipal Presidency instructs the Directorates Involved in Legal, Administrative, Operational, and Logistics issues to operate the Biomass Program immediately and permanently.
THIRD.- That the Legal Directorate deliver a "Collaboration Agreement", where Citizenship, Rural Delegations, and Indigenous Peoples are privileged and benefit from the management of the Biomass Program. With the proof of ownership documents that adhere to the reality of the Agrarian Law and the General Law on Climate Change.
SO THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION OF PRESERVATION, RESTORATION OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND ECOLOGICAL RESERVES, GIVEN IN THE MUNICIPAL PALACE OF THE CITY OF TOLUCA, CAPITAL OF THE STATE OF MEXICO, ON THE TWENTY-THIRD DAY OF THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER OF THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN, SIGNING AT THE SHEET AND IN THE MARGIN
THOSE WHO INTERVENED IN IT, FOR THEIR DUE LEGAL RECORD.
We continue to elaborate a video about the project.