|Motto||Voz de las Aguas, los Bosques y Nuestra Gente
(Voice of the Waters, the Forests, and our People)
|Headquarters||Adjuntas, Puerto Rico|
|Alexis Massol González|
|Website||Casa Pueblo Website|
Casa Pueblo is a non-profit environmental watchdog community-based organization in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, headed by Alexis Massol-González, a civil engineer and winner of the 2002 Goldman Environmental Prize. His son, Arturo Massol Deyá, Professor of Microbiology and Ecology at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, is assistant executive director of Casa Pueblo
The organization was established in 1980 as a cultural center named Taller de Arte y Cultura (Art and Culture Workshop). In 1985, the organization acquired a house that was converted into a headquarters for the group and as a non-governmental, independent, self-supporting, community cultural center. The house was used as a cultural center, with a meeting and expositions hall, library, carts shop, butterfly garden and museum hall, running on solar energy. The cultural center was named Casa Pueblo, a name eventually adopted by the environmental organization itself. The organization has a radio station, with environmental and cultural programming; it opened an environmental school in August 2013.
Casa Pueblo is a community-based organization that promotes, through voluntary participation of individuals and groups, protection of the environment. Its mission is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places in Puerto Rico; to practice and promote the responsible use of the land's ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist others to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.
Casa Pueblo has official policies on many conservation issues. They group these into 17 categories: agriculture, biotechnology, energy, environmental justice, forest and wilderness management, global issues, government and political issues, land management, military issues, nuclear issues, oceans, pollution and waste management, precautionary principle, transportation, urban and land use policies, water resources, and wildlife conservation.
Some of the achievements of Casa Pueblo are:
- Successfully stopped gold mining operations in the Adjuntas area in the early 1990s after a decade long opposition battle.
- In 1989, it began production of its own brand of coffee, Madre Isla Coffee via a self-sufficient coffee farm maintained by community members and outside volunteers.
- Lobbied in the Government of Puerto Rico for the creation of the community-sponsored forest in the Puerto Rican mountain region called Bosque Pueblo, the only forest in Puerto Rico managed under an agreement between the government and a community-based organization.
- In 1995, the group also purchased Bosque del Pueblo, a 737-acre nature conservation area.
- In 2003, Casa Pueblo opened the Communitarian Institute of Biodiversity and Culture, which offers high school level courses, undergraduate courses during summer, environmental workshops and alternative programs with a couple stateside universities.
- In 2012, the organization successfully lobbied against the Vía Verde project., ending the government's plan to run a gas pipeline through sensitive areas of Puerto Rico's interior.
- In 2013, it inaugurated the "Escuela Bosque", a school for training in environmental issues, problems, and solutions.
- On 31 March 2013, Casa Pueblo successfully lobbied the Government of Puerto Rico for the establishment of the "Corredor Ecológico del Bosque Modelo", a conglomerate of model virgin forests in central Puerto Rico.
The organization has been involved in the following campaigns:
- 1980-1995: Fight Against Mining
- 1996: Community Management
- 1999: Biological Alley Act (Ley Corredor Biológico)
- 1999: New Biological Reserves and Country-wide Community Agreements
- 2003: Law 268: Funds for the Acquisition y Preservation of Lands with High Ecological Value
- 2004: La Olimpia Forest and New Community Management Agreement
- 2004: Plan for the Preservation of Sensitive Areas for Adjuntas and Adjacent Municipalities
- 2005-06: Puerto Rican Preservation for the Biosphere of the “Tierras Adjuntas”
- 2006-2013: Via Verde project
- In 2009, the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, an agency of the Government of Puerto Rico, recognized Casa Pueblo's contribution to Puerto Rican culture with a poster that announced a weekend event dedicated to Casa Pueblo.
- On 21 April 2012, Plaza del Caribe duplicated a bonsai version of Casa Pueblo's typical Puerto Rican country house that serves as its headquarters, as well as its butterfly farm and its Radio Casa Pueblo radio station (WOQI 1020AM) during Plaza del Caribe's Week of the Environment.
- On 2013, Casa Pueblo's Bosque del Pueblo (aka, "Tierras Adjuntas") received the "Model Forest Award" from the International Model Forest Network, the only one of two such forests in Puerto Rico out of 20 forests total.
- On 23 May 2013, the Puerto Rico Legislature passed a joint resolution of support to Casa Pueblo for UNESCO to declare Bosque Pueblo "Patrimonio de la Humanidad" (World Heritage Site).
- Casa Pueblo. Archived March 15, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
- Conmueven amigos a Alexis Massol. Sandra Torres Guzmán. La Perla del Sur. Ponce, Puerto Rico. Volume 30. Issue 1482. Page 28. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
- Crece en tamaño y factura el Gasoducto. Omar Alfonso. La Perla del Sur. Ponce, Puerto Rico. 19 October 2011. Page 6. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
- Puerto Rican Governor Faces Opposition To Pipeline. Greg Allen and Marisa Peñaloza. National Public Radio (NPR) News. 25 August 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
- Massol: 'El país necesita este sacrificio'. Omar Alfonso. La Perla del Sur. Ponce, Puerto Rico. 7 September 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
- Ilegales los emplazamientos de Vía Verde. Omar Alfonso. La Perla del Sur. Ponce, Puerto Rico. 2 November 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
- Journal 2: Father and son arrested for civil disobedience acts in Washington, D.C. 6 September 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
- Vía Verde opponents arrested in White House protest. Puerto Rico Daily Sun. 4 September 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
- Casa Pueblo. Casa Pueblo. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- Sigue creciendo Casa Pueblo de Adjuntas. Reinaldo Millán. La Perla del Sur. Ponce, Puerto Rico. Year 31, Issue 1550. Page 27. 14 August 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
- Sigue creciendo Casa Pueblo de Adjuntas. Reinaldo Millán. La Perla del Sur. Ponce, Puerto Rico. 14 August 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
- Casa Pueblo. El Nuevo Dia. 30 December 2002. Page 13.
- Casa Pueblo. Puerto Rico Daily Trips. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
- Bosque Pueblo. Archived November 11, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Hojas de nuestro Ambiente. Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources. Publication P-042. June 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
- Items of Interest: Via Verde Natural Gas Pipeline U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Jacksonville, FL. Website. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
- Inauguran la Escuela Bosque en Adjuntas. El Nuevo Dia. Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
- Gobernador firma orden ejecutiva que impulsa el Corredor Ecológico del Bosque Modelo. Marielisa Ortiz Berríos. Revista Abatey. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
- Casa Pueblo celebra la victoria de Puerto Rico al detener la explotación minera. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
- Ibero-American Model Forest Network. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
- En las entrañas de Adjuntas un bosque para el pueblo. Marielisa Ortiz Berríos. Revista Abatey. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
- Senado apoya mensaje a la UNESCO sobre el Bosque del Pueblo en Adjuntas. 23 May 2013. Partido Popular Democratico de Puerto Rico. Retrieved 11 November 2013.