iCAST (International Center for Appropriate & Sustainable Technology) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Lakewood, Colorado. iCAST started as an initiative at the Engineering College at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 2002, iCAST registered as an independent organization.
iCAST works with local partners to develop sustainable solutions to the infrastructure and economic development needs of underserved rural communities. iCAST's mission is to promote sustainable development using a triple bottom-line approach that promotes environmental health, economic viability and social responsibility. iCAST projects are designed to encourage self-sufficiency based on the development, application and commercialization of appropriate and sustainable technologies.
iCAST also provides opportunities for university students to learn how academic studies and concepts such as sustainable development can be practically applied to the real-life problems facing disadvantaged communities. Through participation in service learning projects, students enhance technical and business skills while learning valuable lessons in teamwork, communications and ethics that will help create more valuable professionals.
iCAST projects bring together a variety of partners representing industry, government agencies, research facilities and educational institutions to serve the needs of local communities. By leveraging available technical, financial and intellectual resources, iCAST helps meet the challenges of the future by building stronger communities and a well-prepared workforce.