Our Partners

Secretary for the Environment – City of Medellin

The Secretary for the Environment is central-level dependency responsible for defining the City’s environmental policies, as well as the planning, design, coordination, execution, and evaluation of corporate, institutional, and mobilization strategies of the Local Administration.

Web Site: Alcaldía

ProSUR Corporation

ProSUR was born in 2010 with the intention of strengthening the business community sense of union, promoting corporate social responsibility initiates, and influencing a harmonious development with equity. For this, CITA, Corporesterella, and Corposabaneta corporations decided to unite their experience and capacities to create ProSUR as a new corporation that, since its beginning, sought to group entrepreneurs of the municipalities of Envigado, Sabaneta, Itagüí, La Estrella, and Caldas.

Along with Proantioquia, under a strategic consultancy figure, all actions undergone by the corporations that precede ProSUR are collected. Consultations with entrepreneurs, organization, and public and private institutions with great national presence are carried out.

Web Site: ProSur

National Infrastructure Agency – ANI

The National Infrastructure Agency – ANI- is a National State Agency of Special Nature of the National Order Executive Branch’s decentralized sector. It holds legal capacity, own property, administrative, financial, and technical autonomy, attached to the Ministry of Transport, 4165 of November 3rd, 2011.

The National Agency of Infrastructure - ANI, plans, coordinates, structures, contracts, executes, administers, and evaluates concessions projects and other forms of Public-Private Partnerships, for the design, construction, maintenance, operation, or exploitation of public transport infrastructure in all its modes, or related services; the development of public-private partnership projects for other public infrastructure when expressly determined by the National Government, in reference to similar infrastructures to those enunciated in this article -in compliance with the norms that regulate distribution of functions, competences, and their allocation-. Its center of operation is located in Bogota D.C.

Web Site: ANI

Embassy of Peru in Colombia

"Colombia is an important partner for Peru within a framework of prioritizing relations in the neighborhood and regional environment. Beyond the geographical context and deep historical link, both countries have built solid shared interests in the political, economic, commercial, and cultural spheres. In addition, Peru and Colombia are strategic partners in the neighborhood and regional environment, with a clear desire to deepen bilateral integration, as well as in CAN, UNASUR, CELAC and, especially, the Pacific Alliance. "

Web Site: Embassy of Peru in Colombia

Center for Research, Energy, Environment and Technology

The Documentation and Libraries Unit carries out the permanent activity of directing, coordinating, and planning both the Document Center and the Library Network of the agency and its funds. It also collects, disseminates, and accesses the most relevant information on energy, environmental aspects related to production, planning, energy policy, etc., in order to provide researchers with the necessary bibliography and scientific-technical literature for the performance of their investigative mission.

This Unit is also responsible for updating and maintaining Ciemat Thematic Portals, virtual spaces dedicated to the exchange of ideas and disseminating information in different areas: renewable energies, radiation protection, and air pollution.

Web Site: CIEMAT

University of Missouri - Kansas City

The University of Missouri-Kansas City takes seriously its role as the Kansas City university. This commitment is evident in the 2014 master plan, which foresees growth benefiting not only students and teachers, but also the communities of Kansas City and Missouri.

Since the 2008 update to the master plan, new and extraordinary buildings have transformed the campus landscape, while earning honors for their aesthetics, innovative design, and environmental sustainability. The construction projects described in the 2014 master plan will advance the UMKC strategic plan as they continue this excellence trajectory.

Web Site: UMKC

Cámara de Comercio Aburrá Sur

The Aburrá Sur Chamber of Commerce was born on February 24, 1992 at the request of merchants and industrialists of Caldas, Envigado, Itagüí, La Estrella and Sabaneta, the five municipalities that make up their constituency. Its character is private, has its own autonomy, and is a non-profit institution.

True to precepts stayed in the Law, the Chamber is responsible, by delegation of the State, of handling the following: Public Commercial Registry, Bidders Registry, and Non-Profit Entities.

Nevertheless, its work does not end there. Thus, in line with its mission, the Chamber reverts much of the resources in its different business support programs and in various strategic socio-economic, cultural, and environmental projects, at the sub regional and departmental levels.

Web Site: CCAS

Metro de Medellín

Throughout its history, Metro de Medellín has consolidated as one Aburrá Valley’s icons, and as an integrating element for the citizenship. The Mass Transit Company of the Aburrá Valley, public entity in charge of its management, has ensured through its management that, more than a means of transport that takes people from one place to another, it becomes a form of life and a place for social and cultural encounter. To materialize this purpose, METRO Culture, one of its distinctive characteristics, was created.

As part of its commitment to procure the life quality Aburrá Valley’s inhabitants, the company has sought ways to address the challenges posed by the geography of this region, dominated by mountains. In order to integrate inhabitants of the mountainsides with the rest of the city, the first cable airlift system conceived as an urban mobility solution was inaugurated, in 2004. That was the beginning, nevertheless innovation did not stop there. Around the cables other urban facilities were built, giving life to what is now called Integral Urban Plans, which more than technological, generated social innovation.

Web Site: Metro de Medellín

International Sustainable Systems Research Center

ISSRC is committed to identifying approaches and technologies to support environmentally sustainable economic growth. Present world population of 6.3 billion is expected to pass 9 billion by 2050. If future per capita pollution and energy use matches present rates in developed countries, the impact on the world's environment will be catastrophic. It is critical to reduce the per capita pollution and energy use in developed countries and to find ways to help developing countries to obtain the desired economic growth at a reduced pollution and energy use rate.

ISSRC works with developing countries in Central and East Asia, Africa, and North and South America to build capacity and to meet sustainability goals.

Web Site: ISSRC

ACI Medellín

The Cooperation and Investment Agency of Medellín and the Metropolitan Area - ACI Medellín, is an association of public entities: Alcaldía de Medellín, EPM, Aburrá Valley Metropolitan Area and EMVARIAS.

Since its creation in 2002, it has established as a key player in the internationalization process for the development of the territory, by building strategic international relations, facilitating access to the city and to the region of international cooperation resources, as well the interest of domestic and foreign investment.

Web Site: ACI Medellín

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology - KIT

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, briefly referred to as KIT, was established by the merger of the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH and the Universität Karlsruhe (TH) on October 01, 2009. KIT combines the tasks of a university of the state of Baden-Württemberg with those of a research center of the Helmholtz Association in the areas of research, teaching, and innovation.

The KIT merger represents the consistent continuation of a long-standing close cooperation of two research and education institutions rich in tradition. The University of Karlsruhe was founded in 1825 as a Polytechnical School and has developed to a modern location of research and education in natural sciences, engineering, economics, social sciences, and the humanities, which is organized in eleven departments. The Karlsruhe Research Center was founded in 1956 as the Nuclear Reactor Construction and Operation Company and has turned into a multidisciplinary large-scale research center of the Helmholtz Association, which conducts research under eleven scientific and engineering programs.

Web Site: KIT


MK-IFU, at KIT’s Campus Alpin in Garmisch-Partenkirchen at the foot of Zugspitze (2962 m a.s.l.), joined KIT and IMK in 2002, after 50 years as an independent environmental research institute (IFU, in the Fraunhofer Association).

Today, the common theme of research at IMK-IFU is the investigation of sources and sinks of biogenic greenhouse gases (and other atmospheric trace constituents), as well as their long-term trends, at a regional, high-resolution scale. The bulk of research activities is concerned with observation and modelling of exchanges and interactions at the land surface – atmosphere interface (soils, hydrology, vegetation, atmosphere), including the effects of global climate change and land-use / land-cover change (LUCC), and water availability in regions of enhanced climate-change sensitivity.

Web Site: KIT Campus ALPIN

Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María

The university’s mission is to train professionals who have tools to lead teams, develop creative and innovative initiatives, and are sensitive to their sociocultural environment, complementing their excellence and competence in their respective disciplines. Thus, each new generation is called to enhance the legacy inherited from Mr. Federico Santa Maria Carrera.

Web Site: USM

Centro de Ciencia del Clima y Resiliencia (CR)2

Our aim is making of the Center for Climate and Resilience Research (CR)2, a world-class research center focusing on Earth System Science, which in an interdisciplinary manner and in close relation to stakeholders, improves our understanding of the Earth System and is functional to the enhancement of societal resilience in Chile.

The proposed research will tackle highly relevant questions in biogeochemistry, climate dynamics, ecosystem services, social science, and modeling and observing systems.

Research is oriented towards an integrated approach to urgent issues and problems for Chile: the scarcity and variability of water resources in the Central and North zones; the growing urbanization in Central and Southern Chile; and the rapid changes of land uses in the Central and South of the country.

Web Site: (CR)2

Physics and Mathematical Sciences Faculty – Universidad de Chile

Geophysics is an earth science discipline that uses physical measurements and physical-mathematical models to explore, analyze, and understand the structure and dynamics of our planet, including its interior, ocean, and atmosphere.

The complexity of the terrestrial system, coupled with an inherent difficulty for observing and measuring large-scale natural processes, poses formidable challenges that geophysicists attempt to solve by integrating theory with numerical modeling and data acquired with sophisticated measurement systems.

The location of our country, covering much of South America 's active margin, with a variety of geological and climatic conditions, generates unique opportunities for geophysical research oriented to understanding and giving solutions to Andean problems, and ocean - atmosphere - land interaction.

With a 50 plus years of tradition, the Department of Geophysics (DGF) of Universidad de Chile is the leading national institution in research and teaching (undergraduate and postgraduate) in various aspects of Geophysics, including seismology, climatology, and Meteorology, applied geophysics and geodynamics.

Web Site: FCFM

Brigham Young University

Brigham Young University (BYU), is a private research university in Provo, Utah, United States. It is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Is the largest religious university and the third largest private university in the United States, with 29,672 on-campus students. Approximately 98%-99% of the students are members of the LDS Church, and one-third of its US students are from Utah.

BYU offers a variety of academic programs, including liberal arts, engineering, agriculture, management, physical and mathematical sciences, nursing, and law. The university is broadly organized into 11 colleges or schools at its main Provo campus, with certain colleges and divisions defining their own admission standards. The university also administers two satellite campuses, one in Jerusalem and one in Salt Lake City, while its parent organization, the Church Educational System (CES), sponsors sister schools in Hawaii and Idaho. The university's primary focus is on undergraduate education, but it also has 68 master's and 25 doctoral degree programs.

Web Site: Brigham Young University


EPM is a public company that has a story to tell through figures and facts of a social and environmental responsibility, which give meaning to its origin, development and its business strategy. Initially, EPM only served the inhabitants of Medellín, the city where, in 1955, began its operation. Since then, it has reached a high growth that places it at the forefront of the public services sector in Colombia.

EPM reaches 123 municipalities of Antioquia. In Medellín and in the Aburrá Valley Metropolitan Area (Área Metropolitana del Valle de Aburrá), it serves 3.6 million people. Organized under the "industrial and commercial enterprise" figure owned by the municipality of Medellín, EPM engraves the highest international quality standards to the services it provides: electricity, gas, water, and sanitation. Experience, financial strength, transparency, and technical capacity are the main traits that identify this organization, whose main focus is its social and environmental responsibility. Through its Air Quality Program EPM advances initiatives that contribute to improving Aburrá Valley’s air quality. Por un aire más limpio (for cleaner air) offers sustainable mobility alternatives, with vehicles powered with natural gas and electricity. EPM also carries out actions in other strategic lines related to clean industries, green areas, and SIATA cooperation.

Web Site: EPM

Contraloría General de Medellín

It is a supervisory body in charge of overseeing the fiscal management of the City of Medellín, its Decentralized Entities, and of individuals that administer public resources of a technical nature, with administrative, contractual, and budgetary autonomy. It is an independent entity with the power to formulate its own policies, plans, and programs, aimed at fulfilling its mission, and shaping its administrative and financial structure, as well as to determine the proper use of human, physical, and economic resources allocated in accordance with current legal standards.

Web Site: Contraloría

Área Metropolitana del Valle de Aburrá (Metropolitan Area of the Aburrá Valley) - AMVA

It is the result of a territorial association process integrating 10 municipalities that conform the Aburrá Valley: Medellín (as the core city), Barbosa, Girardota, Copacabana, Bello, Envigado, Itagüí, La Estrella, Sabaneta, and Caldas. It was created in 1980 with the purpose of generating alliances and strategic projects that promote the autonomous and self-sustainable development of its communities, sustained on a principle of redistribution and territorial equity.

As of today, it fulfills the following purposes:

  • To plan the territory under its jurisdiction.

  • To be an environmental authority in the urban area of the municipalities that compose it.

  • To be the Metropolitan Mass Transport authority.

  • To execute projects of metropolitan interest.

Web Site: Área Metropolitana


Mission: to consolidate the scientific and technological cooperation network for the study of meteorology and air quality - REDAIRE.

Management on air quality in the Aburrá Valley began in 1992, when a few institutions attended the invitation made by Antioquia’s Sectional Health Department, to form an interdisciplinary and institutional group to coordinate works on air quality surveillance. This entity convened representatives of Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Universidad de Antioquia, and Politécnico Jaime Isaza Cadavid to analyze, along with the Metropolitan Health Institute of Medellín (METROSALUD), the possibility for a joint operation of an Air Quality Surveillance Network for the Aburrá Valley and San Nicolás. Over time, with the demands placed over the management of air as a resource, new institutions have joined the network.

Today, REDAIRE is recognized in several countries in Latin America and other regions of the world for an unusual feature: because of this agreement, the region has a mechanism capable of articulating the academy with government entities to deal with air pollution issues in the Aburrá Valley.

Web Site: Redaire

CAÍA Ingeniería

CAIA Ingeniería is a company with the following purpose: to make the greatest contribution to global sustainability by improving its customers performance. Its business model seeks to cover all possible environmental needs organizations might face, with a highly skilled team of professional, and an important network of associates with complementary knowledge, in four Strategic Business Units:

  • Corporate Environmental Sustainability

  • Climate Change Management

  • Sustainable Economic Schemes

  • Energy efficiency

Web Site: CAÍA Ingeniería