Logo The current urban model and growth without adequate planning have made our activities increasingly hostile to the environment and they are, to a great extent, responsible for the ongoing social and cultural divide which we are experiencing. As this process intensifies, voices and social movements are also multiplying, clamoring for the concept of a city that instead of responding to market inertia, will consider the principles of sustainable human development: the Sustainable City.

The City of Knowledge is a city that recovers and energizes its own life, and therefore, the lives of its inhabitants while favoring regeneration and respect for its natural environment, as well as social unity, peace education and cultural integration. It is a city that builds itself using, as its primary elements, its people and social equity for its inhabitants, and it does so in accordance with economic, ecological and welfare principles.

The great challenge for the City of Knowledge Foundation is to create and ensure an efficient, competitive and supportive environment, whose development is sustained by the delicate balance of economic, social and environmental aspects with an effective blend of local and global. This is the reason why the City of Knowledge aspires to be a Sustainable City, through its master development plan, whose management and urban planning model is supported by a sustainability plan that is unique in Panama.



Areas Use Management

The Master Plan for the City of Knowledge is a benchmark, guaranteeing levels of efficiency and sustainability for the urban development of the 120 hectares that make up its campus.

Land use, zoning and traffic plans for the area take into consideration both the existing infrastructure and buildings, and developments planned 20 years from now, to house new activities that fulfill the Foundation's purposes.

Although the design and construction of buildings contemplate high efficiency standards in the use of energy and water, people who work or use these buildings must be conscious of their consumption in order to avoid wasting resources. The responsible use of utilities is essential for a sustainable city.

Sustainable Buildings

We seek to design, remodel and/or construct buildings that are healthy, comfortable, multi-purpose, efficient in energy and water use, with low operating and maintenance costs; but which are above all designed to have a long useful life.

Buildings must comply with a plan guaranteeing the preservation of the natural environment, decent housing for all inhabitants who work on campus, the complete elimination of architectural barriers (facilitating access of people with limited mobility) and getting citizens closer to the buildings.

For the sustainability criteria to be met, it is essential to have the appropriate environmental impact studies and expert advice on sustainable architectural plans.

The Master Plan for the City of Knowledge regulates the use and growth of campus activities, allowing orderly and efficient development of new buildings and spaces. These new buildings will be registered to obtain the LEED Certification, granted by the Green Building Certification Institute. This certification serves as a tool in order to measure just how sustainable a building is on matters of efficiency in its use of water, energy, materials, resources, indoor environment quality and design innovation.


Alternative Mobility

The objective of the Sustainable Mobility Plan (SMP) is for City of Knowledge to achieve connectivity with the rest of the metropolitan area in order to facilitate access, adopt an effective internal signage system and implement more efficient and sustainable ways to move about.

Public transportation shall be enhanced, by using low or non-polluting vehicles, thus allowing a true alternative to private methods of transportation, equipped with a greater number of lines, destinations and routes, with extended hours and frequency. Furthermore, the plan will develop more ecological initiatives for the use of individual transportation and will promote the use of bicycles and walking paths as a means to revitalize social life and access to green areas.

Waste Management

The reduction and proper waste management are key components of a Sustainable City. It is absolutely necessary to manage our waste and reduce our garbage to be able to create a Sustainable City. In this sense criteria are being developed and applied to reduce and manage waste. The guidelines being followed are elimination, reduction, reuse, recycling and waste disposal, including necessary treatments to prevent pollution or environmental risk.

Buildings must comply with a plan guaranteeing the preservation of the natural environment, decent housing for all inhabitants who work on campus, the complete elimination of architectural barriers (facilitating access of people with limited mobility) and getting citizens closer to the buildings.

Reducing the amount of garbage that is discarded, reusing certain items and recycling elements such as paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and tin cans, and sorting them at the point they are generated using proper waste management, are essential steps towards a more human and sustainable future.


Knowledge Management

Knowledge Management

A major goal is to promote environmental education and facilitate research on the different environmental aspects, favoring the study of the ecosystem of the City of Knowledge and its related areas. Such information should be disclosed to all users of the City of Knowledge, enabling them to apply new knowledge and together create a sustainable city. Reaching the goal means information, participate individually and collectively, and especially acting.