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iCast International Center for Appropriate & Sustainable Technology

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Economic Development, Energy Resources Conservation & Development, Environment, Microfinance, Rural Economic Development

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.

Programs: Projects to promote sustainable communities using a triple bottom line approach of environmentally friendly, socially responsible and economically viable.

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Iv worked at ICAST as volunteer, then intern, and now as a full-time employee. What I like most about ICAST and its programs is that they strategy in making the most impact possible not only works, its lasting! All together, its great working here, because we get to see positive improvements on society, the environment, and the economy all at the same time!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Marty L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first experience with iCAST was through the Denver Green Jobs Initictives, in the Fundamentals of Energy Efficiency and BPI Certification. I was excepted into the internship, inwhich I monitered classses, technical writting, special projects, and a numberous other activities. My leadership skills where very helpful, but my computer needed some improvement. I worked with power point, excel, word, etc., that improved these skills that needed more work. I have had two great role models, in Chris Stone, and Laura McGaughey who have been a blessing in helping me grow confidence and encouragement, along with the rest of the staff. I feel that iCAST has played a vital role in the success of the Denver Green Jobs initctives program, and helping those who are disavantaged, lack self convidence, and feel like they have no place in the marketplace. I beleave that iCAST has so much to give and is a vital part in developing a positive hope in a world of dispare. I still volinteer with the iCast office at denver Green Jobs Initictives, to try to carry on what I have expericenced and give back to those in need of a encouraging role model.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was first introduced to iCAST through Denver Green Jobs Initiatives. iCAST was doing the Solar training. I was enrolled in this class. During my training the iCAST personel asked the students if they would like to volunteer in the iCAST office. I volunteered, when I first started volunteering I was told I would be doing technical writing. This scared the B-Jesus out of me because my writing skills are not that good. I excel in Math and Science but I've never been known for my writing skills. Through a lot of patience on the iCAST's staff part and a lot of hard work on my part I became a technical writer. Then I became a paid intern. iCAST offers internships to the student at DGJI and it is a confidence builder and helps to build work skills. Being able to say you worked as an intern will help make me more marketable to future employers.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

iCAST gives back to the community in many ways. It provides students with the opportunity to contribute to real world solutions in business, renewable energy, engineering situations, energy efficiency and waste stream management both benefitting the communities they serve and increasing the students ability to find work. it provides companies and farmers the technical assistance to assist in the development of their economic sustainability. It provides green jobs training for many of our nations unemployed and underemployed. And it provides energy audits and weatherization of low income housing, government agencies and non-profit organizations in order to save energy and lower utility costs.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am working with iCAST on a Sustainability Planning project for a local community with their role being the coordinator for the overall sustainability plan while my role is focused on the transportation aspects. I find iCAST to be a refreshingly innovative and out-of-the-box thinker as an organization (especially as a non-profit). They are not like a typical consulting outfit that wants to do their study and get paid. The staff cares about their work and wants to make an impact in the community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

iCAST helped me to get real world experience while at the same time helping out economically disadvantaged people in Colorado's San Luis Valley. As a service learning intern I performed computer simulations of several houses in the San Luis Valley as part of a study on the economic feasibility of various energy efficiency and solar energy technologies specific to the San Luis Valley. The experience I gained from my work with iCAST was invaluable and the result of the study was to provide people of the San Luis Valley with general guidelines about the most cost effective ways to reduce their energy expenditures.

Vic A.

Board Member

Rating: 5

ICAST is an outstanding organization that is helping communities adopt triple bottom line projects that involve University students also. Their have involved thousands of students in the last 10 years and have substantive contributions to communities they work with.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Matt, and I was a volunteer working for iCAST through the University of Colorado in Denver last fall from September through December. Over the course of that Service Learning opportunity, I was quickly made to feel like a part of the team, working with the home office staff. iCAST really does amazing work, particularly in the areas of renewable energy technology and sustainability.

Some of the projects that I was working on included installing a bio-diesel facility in Stratton, CO, refitting a sawmill in Delta, CO to use their own wood waste to dry the lumber, and conducting Energy Efficiency studies throughout the city of Denver, installing new and more efficient improvements to the houses there.

My experience working with iCAST was 100% positive, and I highly recommend it to anyone in the Denver area who is looking to volunteer for a company that is making a difference for people on a daily basis.