Isla Urbana seeks to detonate a large-scale adoption of rainwater harvesting systems in Mexican urban and rural households, schools, and health clinics as a response to the water crisis.
To ensure sustainable and equitable access to people living without water.
To detonate the adoption of rainwater harvesting in Mexico as a way to achieve access to clean water.
Isla Urbana has designed an environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable rainwater harvesting system that collects and cleans rainwater for households, schools and health clinics. The system is inexpensive, easy to install and provides individual residences with about 40% of their water supply. Implemented on a large scale throughout Mexico City, this simple technology could provide 30% of the city’s water and could help give a sustainable source of water to the 12 million Mexicans with no access to clean water. Our rainwater harvesting systems are promoting sustainable water management practices, mitigating the city’s flooding problems, relieving poverty, reducing carbon emissions, and providing a reliable source of water for the citizens of Mexico City and throughout the country.
As half of the people on earth now live in cities, creating sustainable urban systems has the greatest impact on environmental and social issues. To ensure a future with access to clean water, the most vital resource on the planet, innovative water saving technologies need to be enacted on a large scale starting today.
Isla Urbana Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Non Profit Organization in the United States and Lluvia Para Todos is the main partner in Mexico who is run by the same team with the common mission to provide clean water for Mexico through the sustainable tecnology of rainwater harvesting.
Carlos Moscoso, Co-founder (1964 – 2009)
Carlos Moscoso, our beloved friend, was one of the original founders of Isla Urbana. He was older than most of us but his inner calm, experience and enormous generosity remain an inspiration to us all today. He taught us about plumbing and a thousand other things relating to life and work. Isla Urbana would not be where it is now, were it not for him. We miss you Carlos.
Community Relations Director
Products and Services Coordinator
Isla Urbana Foundation Coordinator
Environmental Education Coordinator
The Carpa Azul Coordinator
Mexico City Award
Environmental Action award, Mexico City, 2017.
Social Design Circle Member
Social Design Circle Member by Design Prize, 2017.
VIVA Schmidheiny Award
Third place in Social Innovation, Costa Rica, 2016.
Entrepreneurial Merit Award IMMPC
In recognition to young enrepreneurs, Guadalajara, Mexico, 2015
Visionaris Prize UBS
For innovation in social enterprise, Mexico DF, Mexico, 2015
Momentum Project-BBVA Bancomer Prize
For innovation and the massification of social enterprise, 2014
Mentes QUO-Discovery Recognition
For dedication to positive change in Mexico, 2013
MTech35 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Tech Review Recognition
35 innovators under age 35 worldwide, Boston Massachusetts 2013
Civic, Environmental and Social Work Merit Prize
Clinton Global Initiative
Member by invitation, 2012
Nomination "INDEX Award"
Rompe con el cambio climático (Breakaway from climate change) Prize
SEMARNAT, México, 2011
Finalist El agua, fuente de vida (Water, source of life) Prize
For best practices in water management, United Nations, ONU-Agua, Spain, 2011.
Finalist Iniciativa México (Mexico Initiative)
One of 25 finalists of 56, 958 initiatives. Mexico, 2011.
Genera (Generate) Prize
Pase Usted Project, Transforming Mexico through ideas. Mexico, 2010
Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award Honorable Mention
Finalist BBC World Challenge
One of 10 Finalist, among 800 projects from all over the world, England, 2010