The Chinampas garden

Published on Tuesday, 7 November 2017

“The main value of this initiative is that it was born and developed in collaboration with the community of Chinampas and with local authorities. Working together, we managed to a regain a gathering place dedicated to educational and cultural activities, a place that had been abandoned and unused for years and that now has come back to life.”

– Óscar Salcido, Head of Sustainability for Mexico and Central America

Alongside the local authorities, we sponsored 50% of the restoration works, allocating 50,000 US dollars. This investment allowed the rebuilding of the old central gazebo, the redevelopment of the garden with the public green and the creation of a playground for children.

Creating Sustainable Cities

With this project, we continue our commitment to work towards the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Specifically, the renovation of the Chinampas Garden responds to two specific goals: guaranteeing conditions of health and well-being for everyone, at all ages (3) and making cities and communities safe, inclusive, resilient and sustainable (11). 

Public spaces are places to meet, socialise, exchange experiences. They have a positive effect on the habits, the lifestyle and the solidarity of communities, in addition to being a stimulus to organise cultural and recreational-educational events.

This is why redesigning public spaces, from a sustainability point of view, to make the city more liveable by giving a gathering place back to the local people, is an essential goal for Enel Green Power. 

“Every stage of our work is guided by the Creating Shared Value (CSV) model, starting with the desire to listen carefully to the needs of the communities we are working with.”

Enel Green Power’s presence in the area has been an enormous benefit for the local community. The wind farm, with its 129 MW of installed capacity, is a significant benefit for the environment: in one year we recorded a reduction of 163,083 tonnes of CO2.

Furthermore, the 1,863 residents of the community now have a renewed enjoyment of spending time together, perhaps thinking back to the glorious history of Chinampas.