AmICUS - Advances in Cleaner Production School



The Advances in Cleaner Production Network (ACPN) gives cordial congratulations to all who successfully attended the Internacional Advances in Cleaner Production School (AmICUS), an activity recognized by ACPN, which took place from August 12 to 14, 2019 in Sonora University, Mexico.


We are extremely grateful to the invited speakers, specialists of international level, who provided their extensive knowledge and experiences enriching the professional profiles of the participants:


Dr. Biagio F. Giannetti
Universidade Paulista-UNIP - Brazil


Dr. Carlos Montalvo
Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)


Dr. Krystal Perkins
University of New York - USA


We also express our great gratitude to all those who in some way have contributed to the planning and development of it.


To the officials and representatives of the Commission of Ecology and Sustainable Development of the State of Sonora (CEDES), specially Mr. Luis Carlos Romo Salazar, for facilitating such interesting and diverse locations, such as the Ecological Center of Sonora and the Estero "El Soldado", in which activities of great interest for regional sustainability were carried out.


To foreign and national students who attended academic and recreational activities with a lot of responsibility and enthusiasm, especially to the delegation of the Corporation University of the Coast (CUC) in Colombia led by Dr. Kelly Berdugo Sarmiento.


To the teachers and students of Postgraduate in Sustainability who participated on the preparation and logistics of the event.


Special thanks to the AmICUS' Organizing Local Committee of Sonora University which performed the event with perfection and dedication: Dr. Javier Esquer Peralta, Coordinator, and Collaborators Dr. Luis Eduardo Velázquez Contreras, Dra. Nora Elba Munguía Vega and Dr. Héctor Manuel Guzmán Grijalva.


A special and particular thanks to Dr. Biagio F. Giannetti, from Paulista University in Brazil, who has idealized the event with the Advances in Cleaner Production Network (ACPN). Special thanks are also addressed to Dr. Yugo Okida, Vice-Rector of Graduation and Research of Universidade Paulista, Dr. Marília Ancona-Lopez, the Vice-Rector of Under Graduation of Universidade Paulista, and to Dr. Marina Soligo, Main Coordinator of Graduation and Research of Universidade Paulista, for their unconditional support.

Finally, we would like to highlight our broad thanks to the authorities and personnel of UNISON, especially Dr. Enrique Fernando Velázquez Contreras, Rector, Dr. Francisco Javier Castillo Yáñez, Secretary of the Rector, Dr. Martin Antonio Encinas Romero, Director of Engineering Department, and MSc. Guillermo Cuamea Cruz, Head of the Department of Industrial Engineering, whose support was indispensable for the successful culmination of the event.

We say goodbye, reiterating our gratitude and desire to continue to promote such initiatives.


Advances in Cleaner Production Network

Advances in Cleaner Production School (AmICUS)


Post-docs, undergraduate and graduate students of any nationality or scientific background conducting research in Sustainable Production Systems are strongly encouraged to apply to the Advances in Cleaner Production School (AmICUS) at Hermosillo in Sonora, Mexico (August 12 to 14, 2019).

The course is free of charge. All expenses, transportation and maintenance, are borne by the participants. The local organizer can provide a Homestay under demand.


Premise of the International School: Highly productive, profitable production systems can benefit from public policies, technology and environmental sustainability. Current challenges including depleting fuel and resources, freshwater shortages and climate change threaten the global supply of goods and services. Because sustainability invariably deals with living, complex systems, the knowledge on Sustainable Production Systems is interdisciplinary per se and significant conceptual advances will unquestionably occur when specialists from diverse areas are united with the goal of exchanging and creating understanding.

The AmICUS aims to address the issue of sustainability in production systems under conceptual and practical viewpoints. Focus will be given to decision-making tools that can be employed by public institutions and private companies.



The goal of International School AmICUS is to provide opportunities for close interaction among students and leading experts Partner of Advances in Cleaner Production Network conductingcutting edge research in Sustainable Production Systems, as well as to stimulate interdisciplinary discussion about hot topics in Sustainability. To achieve this goal, the school's program was organized around a series of lectures and presentation of research projects by the participating students.





12nd, 2019


13th, 2019


14th, 2019

08:00 to 09:00
Registration of Participants



Estero "El Soldado"

During the visit the instructors will lead dynamic discussions on sustainability issues.

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09:00 to 10:00

Lecture and Recognition Ceremony

Prof. Luís Velázquez and Javier Esquer

10:00 to 11:00


Prof. Krystal Perkins

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11:00 to12:00


Prof. Biagio F. Giannetti

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12:00 to 13:00
13:00 to 14:00

Lunch and Spare Time

14:00 to 15:00

Lunch and Spare Time

15:00 to 16:00
16:00 to 17:00


Dr. Carlos Montalvo

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Students Presentations Session
Students present their projects and dialogue with the researchers​

17:00 to 18:00
18:00 to 19:00
19:00 to 20:00

Spare Time

Spare Time

20:00 to 21:00

Mexican party

of fraternization: Food, music and joy

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Night visit

Centro Ecologico of Sonora

14:00 to 15:00
21:00 to 22:00
22:00 to 23:00



In Day One, after the scheduled activities, Professor Velázquez offered a party in his house for all the AmICUS crew. In the Day Two, students' presentations, the lecturers led a round of discussions about the content that were presented. Also in the Day Two, the students and lecturers identified common themes of study that could result in projects to be developed by the teams of Advances in Cleaner Production Network experts. In the Day Three, the AmICUS crew visited Estero "El Soldado", a beautiful protected area in Sonora State.

Conceptual map of the International School AmICUS


List of Performed Oral Presentations - August 13th, 2019




Maat Yered Ochoa Cantón (with Special Mention)

Energetic sustainability in a building of a manufacturer of expanded polyestyrene

Martín Francisco Zamarrón Pule (with Special Mention)

Polymeric matrix for the removal of colorants present in water

Sandra Margarita Villalba de la O (with Special Mention)

Sustainable strategies for the interior design and construction of a sauna bath

José Abraham Luzanilla Borbón (with Special Mention)

Resource optimization in the construction and operation of Eco-University Center for Health Promotion “ECUPS

Gabriela Acuña Ibarra (with Special Mention)

Sustainable architectural project for a rural recreational space

Vanessa Jimenez Hernandez (with Special Mention)

Fungal microflora of the child development center indoor air

Marcela Armenta Vásquez

Sustainable development plan for rural communities

Marisela Trillas Ortiz

Integrator model of ecological footprint, happiness and academic performance in a university

Ricardo Ernesto García Castrejón

Innovation for Sustainability Applied to a Solar Air Heater to be used in a Sauna Bath
Antonio Plascencia Encinas

Strengthening safety in the highway transportation of hazardous materials (HAZMAT)

Martín Alan Mar Barceló

Energy savings of social housing in dry climate

Dania Lizeth Castro Diaz

Housing design opportunities promoting energy efficiency habits

Ariadna Isabel Ibarra Balderrama

Cleaner Production in Fragrance Device Assembly Company: Hermosillo Case

Dany Daniel Donado Mendoza

Generación distribuida con la participación de agentes de generadores pequeños en una red de distribución
Claudia Velasco Cabarcas
Diseño y modelamiento energético sostenible de un sistema fotovoltaico integrado con conexión a la red en el estadio metropolitano
Ubaldo Rafael Bolaño Jiménez
Supervisión del mercado eléctrico considerando el HHI como referencia de participación de la compañía de generación

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The lecturers are Partners of Advances in Cleaner Production Network (ACPN) and recognized as leaders in Production and Environment, and play a vital role in advancing the science of sustainability through Cleaner Production or other connected approaches (Industrial Ecology, Life Cycle Assessment, and so forth):

Dr. Krystal Perkins Dr. Carlos Montalvo Dr. Biagio F. Giannetti

Invited Lecturers for the International School AmICUS

Dr. Krystal Perkins, Purchase College - University of New York (USA)

Dr. Carlos Montalvo, TNO - Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Dr. Biagio F. Giannetti, Paulista University (São Paulo, Brazil)


Local Professors

Dr. Luis VelazquezDra. Nora E. Munguía Vega
Dr. Javier Esquer PeraltaDr. Hector Guzmán

Local Professors

Dr. Luis Velazquez (Leader)
Dra. Nora E. Munguía Vega

Dr. Javier Esquer Peralta

Dr. Hector Guzmán


Special Guests


Prof. Aldo Muro Júnior Prof. Kelly Berdugo Sarmiento

Special Guests for the International School AmICUS

Prof. Aldo Muro Júnior, Federal Institute of Goiás (Goiás, Brazil)

Prof. Kelly Berdugo Sarmiento, Corporación Universidad de la Costa - CUC (Barranquilla, Colombia)



Universidad de Sonora Departamento de Ingeniería Industrial y de Sistemas [MAP]


Centro Ecologico of Sonora [MAP]

Centro Ecológico of Sonora


Centro Ecológico y Estero "El Soldado (about 130 kilometers away from Hermosillo) [MAP]

Centro Ecológico y Estero "El Soldado", Mexico