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Inauguration of the G3 Makerspace postponed | Business section

HAGÅTÑA (UOG) – The grand opening of Guam Green Growth or G3 Circular Economy Makerspace and Innovation Hub scheduled for Thursday, January 13 has been postponed until further notice due to the increase in Covid-19 cases on the island.

However, small group tours of the facility are still possible by emailing Myracle Mogul at [email protected]

Located in three houses in the village of CHamoru in Hagåtña, the facility aims to help entrepreneurs and creators across the island put their innovative skills to work and turn waste into marketable products in one convenient place.

“Our team looks forward to all of the creative products that will be developed by our talented community,” said Austin Shelton, director of the Center for Island Sustainability at the University of Guam, which developed the center and facilitates the G3 initiative at the G3. island-wide in coordination with the Governor’s Office. “The hub will reduce our island’s waste and diversify our economy by stimulating new green industries.”

Tools for community use

The facility provides tools and machinery to recycle materials into new products and prototypes with the added benefit of reducing the amount of waste sent to the local landfill and providing alternatives to imported products.

The makerspace area includes machines capable of processing wood, metal and various other materials. Creators can access a laser cutter, CNC router, 3D printer, vinyl cutter, and power tools, among other gear. One area is dedicated to machinery from the world-renowned Precious Plastic brand, which can shred, extrude, inject, press and melt plastic.

Customers can take advantage of the space and tools available for $50 per month or $500 per year with a 20% discount on annual subscriptions.

Learning opportunities and cooperation

An innovation space in the center allows clients to collaborate with others, attend workshops and training sessions, and engage in business mentorship.

The center’s management and support staff are experienced in business and product development and are ready to share their skills and knowledge with those who use the spaces.

Those interested in learning more about circular economy tools and process can attend creative workshops and hear from members of the UOG School of Business and Public Administration, Guam Unique Merchandise and Arts, Small Business Development Center and the Guam Economic Development Authority.

Merchandise for environmentally conscious consumers

The general public can also support the island’s emerging economy by stopping to browse the facility’s green store, which features wares created in the maker space sold on consignment.

Support cottage industries

The facility supports part of the G3 initiative’s mission to establish sustainable and profitable cottage industries and support regional economic development.

Myracle Mugol, G3’s circular economy coordinator through the UOG Center for Island Sustainability, sees the operation as a place to grow with like-minded people and practical resources — often the missing factors to bring ideas to fruition. , she said.

“These are the three Cs of G3: 1) maintaining equipment, tools and workshops to bring our ideas to life; 2) working with development and resource partners, who help innovation and expansion in businesses and cooperatives; and 3) the community – the people surrounding these spaces that allow ideas to grow, develop and move,” she said. “The community is the support and backbone of sustainability – the same changemakers who drive the culture necessary for initiatives to move forward.”

The development of the center was supported by the Guam Ecosystems Collaboratorium for Corals and Oceans project at the University of Guam, better known as EPSCoR GECCO, which is funded by the National Science Foundation’s established program to stimulate research competitive. Additional funding comes from GEDA and the Governor’s Office.