Isla Urbana USA is a nonprofit representing Isla Urbana throughout the US. Our mission is to support clean and sustainable water projects in Mexico while building young leaders in the US. We see ourselves as a bridge between donors, partners and volunteers and the life changing work that Isla Urbana does in Mexico.
The organization was formerly known as Isla Urbana Foundation and was started in 2009 as a Dallas nonprofit supporting Isla Urbana’s rainwater harvesting efforts in Mexico. As support grew from the US, Isla Urbana USA was created to better represent the organization throughout the United States.
We are a group of individuals who are passionate about growing efforts in making clean and sustainable water available to all communities in Mexico. Join us!
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 annual water supply. If implemented on a large scale throughout Mexico City, this simple technology could provide 30% of the city’s water and help give a sustainable water source to the 12 million Mexicans who lack access to clean water.
Our rainwater harvesting systems promote sustainable water management practices, mitigate the city’s flooding problems, relieve poverty, reduce carbon emissions, and provide a reliable source of water for Mexico City’s residents, and throughout the country.
As half of Earth’s population now lives 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 must be enacted on a large scale starting today.
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.
Director of Installation
Director of Installation
Community Relations Director
Director of Installation
Director of U.S. Operations
Impact Assessment Coordinator
Social Environmental Education Director
Research and Development Director
Director of Lluvia para Todos A.C.
Ana Paula Mejorada
Rain Schools Director
Mapping and Community Relations
Graphic Design Coordinator
Content Development Coordinator, Rain Schools
Research and Content
Javier Melchor Orozco
Program Planning Coordinator
Pablo Dante Sosa
Ignacio Reyes A.
Customer Service Coordinator
Rain Schools Coordinator
Quality Control Coordinator
José Guzmán Cruz
Gustavo Alonso Flores
Juan Carlos Méndez
Erik Enrique Alberto
Jorge Luis Flores
César Alejandro Méndez
Luis Alberto García
RISD Serves Award 2021
RISD Alumni Awards 2021, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), USA, 2021.
Iberoamerican Youth Awards
Prize for the category “Knowledge Without Borders: strategies for the production, diffusion, and application of knowledge that actively involves and impacts vulnerable or excluded communities or groups.” Dominican Republic, 2019.
Honourable Mention Lighthouse Awards 2021
Brave Blue World Foundation, Vancouver, Canada, 2021.
National Award for Technological Innovation for Social Inclusion
First Place– a project that demonstrates an outstanding positive outcome by using technology for poverty reduction and to influence social wellbeing, 2018.
Finalist Premio al Liderazgo Social (Social Leadership Award)
Kybernus, Mexico City, 2021.
World Design Capital Award
Socially Responsible Design recognition, Mexico City, 2018.
First Place, Chile, 2020.
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 entrepreneurs, Guadalajara, Mexico, 2015.
Visionaris Prize UBS
For innovation in social enterprise, Mexico City, 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, Mexico, 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 Finalists, among 800 projects from all over the world, England, 2010.