Isla Urbana






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


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 waterthe most vital resource on the planetinnovative 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.

Enrique Lomnitz

General Director

Renata Fenton

Design Director

Gabino Hernández

Director of Installation

David Vargas


Hiram García

Engineering Director

Javier Hernández

Director of Installation

Carmen Hernández

Administrative Director

Jennifer White

Community Relations Director

Alejandro Hernández

Director of Installation

Nabani Vera

Communications Director

Sol García

Director of U.S. Operations

Martín Liedo

Impact Assessment Coordinator

Priscilla Azamar

Sales Director

Delfín Montañana

Social Environmental Education Director

Emilio Becerril

Managing Director

Mariana Balderas

Research and Development Director

Jesús Sotomayor

Director of Lluvia para Todos A.C.

Ana Paula Mejorada

Rain Schools Director

Petra Sánchez


Alejandro Alcántara

Mapping and Community Relations

Óscar Gómez

Graphic Design Coordinator

Shiara González

HaTaTukari Coordinator

Fernando Alcántara


Liliana López

Content Development Coordinator, Rain Schools

Daan Elsen

Social Service

Aliyeri Díaz

Distributor Coordinator

Daniel Nava

Community Relations

Carlos Torres


Cecilia Vargas

Research and Content

Astrid Domínguez

Audiovisual Production

Marita Rodríguez

Database Management

Javier Melchor Orozco

Program Planning Coordinator

Pablo Dante Sosa

Community Relations

Óscar Gaxiola

Community Relations

Ignacio Reyes A.

Communication Coordinator

Luis Martínez

Customer Service Coordinator

Valeria Enriquez

Rain Schools Coordinator

Karen Aguilar

Graphic Designer

Javier Arévalo


Marcos Tlatenchi

Quality Control Coordinator

José Guzmán Cruz

Installer Coordinator

Nazario Ruíz


Fernando Pérez


Gustavo Alonso Flores


Adrian Ramírez


Felipe López


Manuel González

Installation Coordinator

Abel Hernández


Eusebio Herrera


Saúl Alberto


Juan Carlos Méndez


Samuel Cruz


Mariano Bautista


Alfredo Castillo

Installation Coordinator

Lucas Espinoza


Fabián Orduña


Luis Hernández


Erik Enrique Alberto


Jorge Luis Flores


César Alejandro Méndez

Installation Coordinator

Demesio Baltazar


Felipe Cobos


Luis Alberto García


Eduardo Hernández


Lupe Carrillo



Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities
Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities


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.

Water Challenge

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.

Ashoka Fellowship

Changemakers, 2012-2015.

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

INJUVE, 2013.

Clinton Global Initiative

Member by invitation, 2012.

Nomination "INDEX Award"

Denmark, 2011.

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

Mexico, 2010.

Finalist BBC World Challenge

One of 10 Finalists, among 800 projects from all over the world, England, 2010.