Our Hero School Centro Educativo Tecnico Chixot (chee-shoat)
has been constructed with over 400 tons of garbage since it began in January 2009. There are many different green building technologies used across the campus and it includes everything a school could need and more! Sustainable school including rainwater harvesting, dry composting toilets, tire and earthbag structures, waste management systems.

 
 

Tire Classrooms - 4 High School Workshops

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Tire Barrel Vaults - 4 Primary School Rooms

Tire structures with more glass bottles and oculi in the roof for natural lighting. Round structures are seismic resistant.


Earthbag Dome Classrooms

Started in 2013, we have built three connected domes using Earthbags. They are plastic propelyne bags that are filled with a mixture of dirt and manure. Each layer is laid on top of each other to create the dome structure. Outside is finished in different types of secure finish such as plastic bottle shingles and waterproof sidings. 


Dry Composting Latrine

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Glass Bottle Domed Library

The structure was extended on top of the 45,000 gallon cistern with tire structure walls and a mixture of cob, glass bottles and eco-bricks.


Terraced Gardens and an Outdoor Theater

The structure was extended on top of the 45,000 gallon cistern with tire structure walls and a mixture of cob, glass bottles and eco-bricks.  


Rainwater Harvesting Systems including 4,000 and 45,000 Gallon Cisterns

First we built a 4,000 gallon cistern which collects water from the roofs of our first 5 tire classrooms. Every roof 


Retaining Walls

We have supported our school site with hundreds of square feet of tire retaining walls. It is crucial for this part of Guatemala where landslides are a common occurrence, protecting our property.


Waste Management Systems

Our school is built out of waste. Every student, employee and member of our team have to bring trash which become our building materials! Each piece of trash has a different use, and our school is zero-waste. So this is our system we use to keep track of all we collect.