Center for Renewable Energy & Appropriate Technology

In The Right Hands

There are no greater stakeholders in a land than the people who have lived on it for centuries. Our priority at CREATE is to equip indigenous youth with the means to preserve their culture while competing in a growing economy and taking responsibility for their environmental stewardship through appropriate technologies.



TObpinai NIngkokoton koBUruon KampuNG (Friends of Village Development) is an indigenous-lead non-profit group that develops sustainable alternatives for rural electrification while advocating for native rights and supporting local entrepreneurship and innovation around Southeast Asia. TONIBUNG headquarters is based in the village of Nampasan, Penampang, in Sabah.

NatGeo Great Energy Challenge


CREATE is made possible with backing from National Geographic and its partners in “The Great Energy Challenge”. This program identifies and provides key support for projects focused on innovative and solution-based energy alternatives around the world.


Green Empowerment


A US-based organization that champions renewable energy solutions, social justice, and local leadership towards a sustainable future in eight different countries, including Myanmar and the Philippines in Southeast Asia. The group is based in Portland, Oregon, United States.