RioÆs cup overflows

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To celebrate the World Water Day on 22 March 2010, the State Company of Water and Sewage (Cedae) released the Cedae Programme for Environmental Education in schools. The promotion of educative projects that are focused on the environment was one of the commitments of Rio de Janeiro's victorious candidature for the 2016 Olympic Games.

The World Water Day was created by the United Nations Organisation (UNO) in 1992. The objective of Cedae's programme is to make children aware at a young age about the need to use water in a rational and economic way. "Initiatives like this encourage young people to develop habits that preserve the environment. The rational use of water is one of the main points of the environmental project for the Rio 2016 Games" said the project manager for the Rio 2016 Committee, Alexandre Techima. The launch of the programme featured the presence of Cedae president Wagner Victer and the first lady of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Adriana Ancelmo. In the audience were tens of children from Rio Outreach project, which promotes social inclusion of poor young people. In order to reach and create awareness in such a young audience Cedae relied on two important tools: the animated film 'The route of the waters', which shows the course of the water since its capture at the sources until it reaches the taps and the comic book 'Caring for our planet'. Meanwhile, Rio 2016 is set to feature an eco–architectural solar waterfall. The RAFAA–designed solar waterfall is set to be an amazing representation of how architecture has begun to adapt itself to the environment. The 344. 5–foot tall 'Solar Tower', which is built on an island and incorporates an urban plaza and an amphitheater about 196 feet above sea level, is large enough to accommodate the opening and closing Olympic ceremonies. The tower also includes a cafeteria and shops beneath the waterfall which offer breathtaking views. The most visually amazing and appealing feature of the design is the ability to convert the tower into an enormous waterfall, almost twice the height of Niagara Falls. The result, dubbed eco–architecture, is aimed at bringing human structures into alignment with natural systems to create sustainability. Sustainability is defined as "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs", and is the overarching goal of modern, conscientious environmental movements. RAFAA Architecture & Design, based in Zurich, designed the tower as part of its push toward a global green movement whose sustainability factors put man back into the landscape, but in a much more eco–friendly fashion than in the past. Other RAFAA designs include the 2009 Copenhagen Bike Share System, and a Zurich apartment reconstruction that includes zero–energy upgrades and architectural features oddly reminiscent of Bauhaus design.

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