iCast International Center for Appropriate & Sustainable Technology

Rating: 4.94 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Environment, Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: 8745 W 14th Ave Ste 220 Lakewood CO 80215 USA

Mission: iCAST's mission is to promote sustainable development using a triple bottom-line approach that promotes environmental health, economic viability and social responsibility. iCAST projects are designed to encourage self-sufficiency based on the development, application and commercialization of appropriate and sustainable technologies.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been working with iCAST part time for the past half year. It is fun and a excellent learning experience, not only about professional financial area which I worked in but also about the community supports and efforts in the new energy area from iCAST.
The first mega project I worked with was 5 local biofuel companies. They intended to roll-up and either went public or private. So the work I did was to make financial statements roll-up analysis for the 5 companies and to create the financial model for evaluation to figure out the best interest for the companies. Because I never touched the financial modeling and evaluation of a company, I had no idea what to do at first. But Ravi, the president of the organization, taught me from the very start of the project. I could not learn so much without his help. After the project, I had better understanding of valuation under DCF model and knew well of setting deal structures.

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My work in iCAST provides me with an excellent learning experience. I taught myself as well during the process of practicing with a lot of staffs' help and guidance. This, in combine, rewarded me with a lots of real-life techniques in the arena I will work in in the future. To sum, great teamwork, great people, great cause and great prospect!!

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I would promote the organization and make it more known.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Having worked in a diverse array of projects at iCAST, I have found the diverse array of projects to be highly impressive. From micro-lending in Pakistan, textbooks for Tanzania, Green Jobs workforce training, to helping local businesses become more energy efficient, this is the epitome of a can-do attitude. It's an honor to be given the opportunity to contribute to such a wonderful organization.

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Using some of my work in helping a wide variety of companies.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not do a thing to change it.

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Rating: 4 stars  

In the short time I have been working with iCAST I have been extremely impressed with the organization's involvement in so many different social and environmentally responsible initiatives. Constantly looking for innovative ways to address the multitude of issues facing the world today, iCAST is expanding its reach across the globe furthering its mission of creating positive change in communities that need it most.

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Currently working to achieve results

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase sustainability of funding sources

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with iCAST for over two years in different capacities. iCAST does an excellent job of aligning with their mission of providing triple bottom line solutions to disadvantaged communities. A few examples of successful projects include; micro-hydro studies, bio-energy projects, and waste utilization projects.

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iCAST provided me the training to become BPI Certified.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

FInd additional funding opportunties to expand their reach.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

ICAST has provided excellent training opportunities to myself as well as a co-worker or two. Their work with industry partners has made training and acquiring certifications a relatively easy process.
They have worked with my co-worker in terms of scheduling and course accessibility to provide him with much needed additional professional training.

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the manner in which they conduct their training programs

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to expand their services in order to be able to provide more training for professionals

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I was referred to iCAST for their free online training and it was great. The training provided a great overview of the green industry. I was most impressed with the industry partners and support from iCAST. I have referred people all over the world to their website www.icastusa.org It is a very interesting website that contains information about weatherization, training and community sustainability projects.

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Helping expand my knowledge in the green industry.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes, great service, support and staff.

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Rating: 5 stars  

iCAST has help me in so many ways. They gave me training in Fundamentals of Energy Efficiency, but not only did I take a class with them I have worked with them hands on as an admin assistant. I learned even more with hands on experence. I was able to help others and iCAST meet dead lines and be apart of the team. With gaining the knowledge that I did with iCAST I now have a job where I can use what I have learned with them and help others. Thanks iCAST.

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being able to help others.

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I would not make any changes I think it is a good organization

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Rating: 5 stars  

Getting involved with the iCAST team has broadened my horizons, period! I came in to use their computers for job search and ended up with a whole new outlook on life and some great experiences to help make my new vision a reality! I started with the OSHA class and went on to Green Construction, from there I was made part of the iCAST team to help modify a curriculum for a carpentry class. I have been amazed at the warmth and support offered by all the staff in helping individuals meet and beat thier potentials in the wide variety of experience opportunities available here. Their goals and visions are an inspiation to everyone and I see hope in the eyes of clients and staff alike. I couldn't say enough about how much good I see this operation doing when i think of what they are accomplishing with so little. They are a beacon of hope for this community and the Earth.

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I have experienced eye opening knowledge of the challenges our planet is facing while being given the tools to start making a difference in my life and the lives of our children. I came here a carpenter and have gained skills in IT, management, communication, research, global consciousness, and much more. I feel more a part of a bigger cause than myself by being a part of such a great team of individuals united in a vital struggled to do great things in peoples lives that will effect out planets furure.

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I have been involved in the staff meetings and am thoroughly impressed with how they are directed towards always making this oganization better in all ways possible. These people really care. More funding is what is needed. In the hands of iCAST it will be put to the best possible use. More money to better serve everyones better interests is all I could want for iCast.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Design (EPICS) has worked with iCAST since I was Director of the programs. They have provide outstanding projects in a variety of arena. These projects have provided our students with engineering challenges, the opportunity to be creative and innovative and projects that require an analytical experience consistent with their level of studies at Mines. More important, as clients, Ravi and his staff has introduced the students to working with a client and have provided the mentoring they need to develop both the technical and communications skills they will carry into their careers. A very special thank you to the iCAST staff.

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Our experience with iCAST has been primarily in the classroom. The projects, however, take the students into the field and give them an opportunity to work with the customer as well.

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I would like to see the organization cloned. It is important to get the quality interactions and mentoring that the iCAST staff provides to the students. They and their customers expect a qualtiy product and this motivates the design teams. The support and authentic analytical demands of the projects give the students the exposure to engineering that drives their education. I work with three organizations of this quality but could use the services of several more like iCAST

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Being a part of iCAST has been a great and rewarding experience. I have learned a lot about technologies that can really have an impact for communities and our world, and I've also been able to see how partnerships among different governments, organizations and universities can work to provide new knowledge and opportunities for all involved. The mission iCAST has to assist disadvantaged and low-income communities particularly resonates with me, as I grew up in poverty. iCAST not only cares about the health of the planet, but the souls of those who inhabit it by working as an advocate for those who are too often left behind by the system. They also work within the system to make positive change. I am happy to be part of this work!

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my own life, as I have grown professionally and have also learned a lot about RE/EE and sustainable technologies.

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