- USAID-Global Development Research Lab and First Solar – USAID-GDR administered the fellowship for international development, and First Solar provided the financial support towards the fellowship.
- ONG Conscienca Limpa – an Itajuba, Brazil-based NGO, which was the host agency for the internship and the administrative partner for the Rio Claro project.
- Rio Claro residents’ association – the primary stakeholder in the sustainable transformation project.
- University students from Rio Claro – four individuals from Rio Claro, students at the University in the nearby cities who are taking the lead in one or more project area as coordinators and bringing their innovative ability to create local solutions.
Saurabh Biswas, a PhD student in Sustainability, spent his summer visioning sustainability in Rio Claro, an agricultural village of the Delfim Moreira municipality, in Minas Gerais, Brazil as part of the United States Agency for International Development’s Global Development Research (USAID-GDR) Fellowship. The project, Sustainable Rio Claro: Vision 2020, encompassed multiple partners working together from June to August 2016 to build a sustainable vision for the Rio Claro community by 2020. Stakeholders came together to study and analyze the unique sustainability challenges of Rio Claro and explore possible solutions. These partners included: