Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center

Patagonia Chile Project — help the Recyclapolis Foundation secure a major grant for green recycling & educational centers with social inclusion

Recyclapolis Foundation

Santiago, Chile and (under construction)


RECYCLAPOLIS is a non-profit foundation that began in 2012 as part of RECYCLA, in response to the growing need for environmental education, the low rate of recycling in Chile and investigation into new areas of recycling of waste and the dream of converting cities (Polis) into centers where citizens become responsible for the management of waste that negatively affects the environment. Our mission is promote the development of sustainable communities in Chile through waste recycling, environmental education and sustainable tourism.

We want to be a social entrepreneur, leader in sustainable education, transforming Polis (cities) into active members of a waste-recycling society and pioneers in the development of sustainable tourism in Chile.

The Challenge

Out challenge is the construction of sustainable cities and sustainable tourism, both with social inclusion. We are handling recyclable household waste to improve the quality of life of low-income communities.

We need help from an MIT student because our foundation is new and our team is small. We have the opportunity to apply for funds from the Inter-American Development Bank, but don't have the staff capacity to undertake the application.

The first phase of the work is to develop a project proposal with the IDB, which is based in Washington, D.C.

The selected student will have the opportunity to work alongside social entrepreneurs who are supported by the Schwab Foundation and who have receive national and international recognition. They will help to lead a pilot initiative in Chile that can be replicated in other countries in Latin America.

The student will work primarily in Santiago, Chile. The Foundation will also arrange a visit to Patagonia.

The Recyclapolis Foundation has a team of 5 people and offices in Santiago. They have a good support network, alliances with other recycling companies, government sponsorship, and collaborations with private companies, government, and foundations.

Qualifications, Preferences, and Assets

Time constraints

We would welcome help with this at any time.


Pia Leon, Project Manager
56 2 2 949.30 40

Fernando Nilo, President

PKG Center Support

MIT students who develop projects around these ideas may apply for support from the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center's Fellowships program. You will first need to contact the community partner to develop your plans.

If you want to volunteer or you have funding from outside the PKG Center that enables you to work on this project, that's great! However, please do let us know if you work on a project you saw advertised here, even if you don't use our funds. And remember, the PKG Center staff are happy to advise on service projects even if we are not funding them ourselves.