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Light the World Project!

As part of ASHRAE of Southern Nevada’s commitment to advance human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment, they are taking on another task to help the less fortunate.

This year they will be helping people in rural Guatemala. Many people in the outlying villages of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala live by candlelight as electricity is simply too expensive or not yet available in the region. As a result, women and children often cannot leave their homes at night as it can be very dangerous. The lack of light also means children are unable to complete schoolwork as they work in the fields until sundown and have no other light source.

ASHRAE of Southern Nevada seeks to remedy this problem by providing exterior and interior light(s) to as many homes as possible. They have obtained solar home kits that provide LED lights, battery pack, electrical charging station and ceiling fan. This kit provides light comfort and home ventilation comfort at a minimal impact to the environment and will help to elevate the quality of life for the recipients.

Additionally, they partnered with a local elementary school to sponsor a design competition in connection with our lighting initiative. They hosted a design competition with the students in a local elementary school/ youth group. The task was to design a light diffuser that can be placed on the light bulb that will be affixed to the interior of the home.

They ask you to please donate to help them achieve their goals. If you are interested in going to Guatemala to help install the panels and lights, please let them know as well. ASHRAE of Southern Nevada is a 501(c)(3) organization and contributions are tax deductible.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your ASHRAE of Southern Nevada Board of Governors at the following email address:

There are multiple sponsorship levels:

  • Chief Benefactor: $2,000 and up

  • Platinum (1,000W): $1,000-$1,999

  • Gold (500W): $500-$999

  • Silver (100W): $100-$499

  • Bronze (50W): $50-$99

  • Honor Roll (up to 10W): less than $50

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