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H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta Applauds wPOWER Hub’s Progress at the 2016 Nairobi Innovation Week

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President Uhuru Kenyatta attended and presided over the official opening ceremony of the 2016 Nairobi Innovation Week, held at the University of Nairobi’s main campus, to engage policy makers on the growth and support of the innovation ecosystem in Kenya.

The President was drawn to the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences’ (CAVS) stand which hosted exhibitions from the Wangari Maathai Institute and clean cooking and lighting innovation technologies from the wPOWER  Hub. The President familiarized with the different technologies and observed as they were presented at the exhibition, learned about existing global energy problems and wPOWER Hub’s intervention.

The President’s visit came at a critical time when approximately 70% of Kenyans neither have electricity nor access to alternative sources of energy. About the same number rely on traditional fuels, such as fuelwood, charcoal, dung and agricultural residues for cooking and heating. Speaking during the presidential visit, wPOWER  Hub Project Officer Simon Kiragu explained how the wPOWER Hub initiative was participating in the socio economic empowerment of grassroots women in clean energy solutions and expressed hope that as a result of the exhibition and forum, which has drawn a huge volume of clean energy stakeholders and practitioners, an innovative and sustainable energy action plan will be drawn.

The Project Officer stated that the wPOWER  Hub initiative complemented the government’s efforts to enhance global energy security, drive economic growth, bring life-changing energy services to grassroots women  and increase ambition in combating climate change.

President Uhuru assessed as inspiring the efforts of the wPOWER  Hub in recognizing and addressing the critical importance of increasing clean energy access, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and improving resilience in the face of climate change.

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The US Ambassador, H.E. Robert Godec visits the wPOWER Hub at the Wangari Maathai Institute

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By Tindi Sitati / wPOWER Hub News

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya, H.E Robert F. Godec, today visited the wPOWER Hub at the Wangari Maathai Institute, University of Nairobi and was received by hosts, the Vice Chancellor UoN, Prof Peter Mbithi, the Principal, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS), Prof Kiama Gitahi and the wPOWER Hub Director Wanjira Mathai.

The visit started with an interactive presentation, by Wanjira Mathai, the wPOWER Hub Director, who described the global energy scenario and emphasised the role of the wPOWER Hub in promoting the critical role of women in clean energy solutions to climate change. ‘ Only 30% of Kenyans have access to electricity and 70 % of the population uses kerosene and candles to light their nights’ said Wanjira Mathai .

Ambassador Godec praised the efforts of the wPOWER Hub at the Wangari Maathai Institute in addressing environmental, health and economic challenges facing grassroots women in rural Kenya. “ It is great that the wPOWER initiative is bringing clean energy technologies to the communities” said the Ambassador.

Following a wide-ranging discussion on partnership working and innovation, Ambassador Godec visited the clean energy exhibition at the Hub, which provides information on the costs associated with various clean energy technologies, their availability, the fuels they use, and the distributors who supply them. The exhibit has been displayed at trade fairs, exhibitions, and public meetings to raise awareness and create public visibility of clean energy alternatives.

Ambassador Godec visited the green campus site, that will soon be home for the Wangari Maathai Institute. He planted a tree at the Green Belt Movement (GBM) initiated peace park,situated  at the green campus site, to honor victims and survivors of the Garrisa University terrorist attack in Kenya.

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     From left ( Director wPOWER Hub, Wanjira Mathai, Principal CAVS, Prof Kiama Gitahi, US Ambassador to Kenya, Robert Godec, Vice Chancellor UoN, Prof Peter Mbithi

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From Right ( Vice Chancellor UoN, Prof Peter Mbithi, US Ambassador Robert Godec, wPOWER Hub Director Wanjira Mathai, wPOWER Hub Partnerships Director, Linda Davis, Green Belt Movement Executive Director, Aisha Karanja, Wangari Maathai Institute Director, Prof Henry Mutembei, Green Belt Movement Programs Manager, Charles Mwangi

 

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Wangari Maathai Institute hosts Environmental Partnership Launch

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By Tindi Sitati / wPOWER Hub News

May 27th, 2016

The Global Environmental Education Partnership Africa (GEEP) was launched at the University of Nairobi courtesy of the Wangari Maathai Institute, 27th May, at the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS), underscoring the Institute’s credentials as a global front-runner in environmental education.

Initiated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration and the North American Association for Environmental Education, the partnership was praised by University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi and the Principal, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, Prof. Kiama Gitahi who were both on hand for the launch ceremony.

According to the Vice Chancellor, the program paves the way for expanded collaborations and the Universities’ increased influence on the global community in this key area.

The Global Environmental Education Partnership (GEEP) brings together leaders from countries around the world to leverage the power of environmental education to create a healthier environment for all.

The initiative highlights the Wangari Maathai Institute’s commitment to sharing its successful experiences with the rest of the world and seeking an expanded global presence.

Other leaders present during the ceremony were, Jane Nishida, Acting Assistant Administrator United States Environmental Protection Agency, Mahesh Pradhan, United Nations Environmental Program, Ginger Potter, Senior Education Specialist, Judy Braus, Executive Director, North American Association for Environmental Education, Dr. Ayub Macharia Director at National Environment Agency in Kenya among other guests.

From left ( Mahesh Pradhan, Jane Nishida, Prof Henry Mutembei, Prof Peter Mbithi, Ginger Potter, Judy Braus, Prof Kiama Gitahi)

From left ( Mahesh Pradhan, Jane Nishida, Prof. Henry Mutembei, Prof. Peter Mbithi, Ginger Potter, Judy Braus, Prof. Kiama Gitahi)

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The wPOWER Hub: Preserving Forests through Tree Planting

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The wPOWER Hub at the Wangari Maathai Institute today hosted a tree planting ceremony to promote the management and conservation of the environment, as part of its core mandate.

The ceremony was attended by the University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor, Prof Peter Mbithi, The Green Belt Movement, students and staff members from The College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, and other stakeholders.

More than 2,300 tree seedlings from indigenous trees were planted.

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Right, wPOWER Hub Academic Director Prof Henry Mutembei, Aisha Karanja,Executive Director,Green Belt Movement

Right, wPOWER Hub Academic Director Prof Henry Mutembei, Aisha Karanja,Executive Director,Green Belt Movement

 

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ADOPTING A SUSTAINABLE APPROACH TO CHARCOAL

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By Tindi Sitati / wPOWER Hub News

Charcoal is a prime source of energy, and is a driving force in many economies. In Africa alone, over 80% of the population still depends on firewood and charcoal for cooking, and this is unlikely to change due to population growth and rising urbanization.

A team from the wPOWER Hub at the Wangari Maathai Institute, paid a visit to Cookswell Jikos, a small Kenyan owned hybrid business that provides quality charcoal and wood fueled stoves to the market, to discover how the business is providing sustainable solutions to the challenges facing the charcoal industry in Kenya.

Cookswell has established an eco friendly charcoal making kiln used to produce charcoal from sustain-ably managed forests in a more environmentally friendly way. The Kinyanjui Kiln makes about 1kg of charcoal per hour, and is made from 20 gauge sheet metal.

‘We are trying to reduce the amount of emissions from charcoal production and have also been able to condense and recover as much of the smoke into a usable product for your home’ said Teddy Kinyanjui who spoke as he demonstrated how the charcoal making kiln works.

Cookswell Jikos advocates for the sustainable production, management and utilization of wood fuels as one of the many renewable energy resources for East Africa’s cooking needs.

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The American Jewish World Service at the wPOWER Hub,Wangari Maathai Institute

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By Tindi Sitati / wPOWER Hub News

Jewish World Service(AJWS) is a human rights organisation which supports community based organisations in 19 countries in the developing world . Dahlia Rockowitz and Eva Lerner from AJWS visited the wPOWER Hub at the Wangari Maathai Institute to explore more about the Hub activities and areas of partnerships.

AJWS is the first and only Jewish organization dedicated solely to ending poverty and promoting human rights in the developing world. Its headquarters are in New York City. In Kenya, AJWS’ focus is on natural resource rights and grassroots gender mainstreaming.

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From left, Wanjira Mathai (wPOWER),Eva Lerner (AJWS),Prof Henry Mutembei (wPOWER),Aisha Karanja (GBM), Dahlia Rockowits (AJWS), Mercy Karunditu,Gitahi Githuku(AJWS),Simon Kiragu (wPOWER)

 

 

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Proud to host Maria Moser and Tatum Albertine from the State Department

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By Tindi Sitati / wPOWER Hub News

wPOWER Hub at the Wangari Maathai Institute today hosted Ms Maria Moser from the Department of State and Ms Tatum Albertine an Environment, Science and Technology and Health Officer from the Embassy of the United States of America.The two paid a courtesy visit to the Hub to learn more about the development of the Hub’s activities towards promoting the role of women in clean energy.

Wanjira Mathai the wPOWER Hub Director thanked Ms Moser and the Department of State for their continuous support, towards the project, and gave an overview of the Hub  activities and progress.

Prof Kiama Gitahi, the Principal CAVS, who was also present in the meeting, underscored the significant role that the wPOWER Hub plays at the Wangari Maathai Institute, and stated that the project’s mission is well in line with the Wangari Maathai Institute’s vision to provide excellence in experiential learning, transformational community outreach, and research for sustainable environments and cultures of peace.

In January 2013, the Department of State and USAID teamed up with the MacArthur Foundation, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, CARE International, Solar Sister, Swayam Shikshan Prayog and the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace & Environmental Studies to launch the Partnership on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewables (“wPOWER”) that aims to empower more than 8,000 women clean energy entrepreneurs across East Africa, Nigeria and India who will deliver clean energy access to more than 3.5 million people over the next three years.

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From left( Robert McAyoo, Social Enterprise Officer, Dr Mary Kinoti, Dean, Business School, University of Nairobi, Simon Kiragu, Project Officer, Prof Kiama Gitahi, Principal, CAVS, Tatum Albertine, Environment,Science,Technology and Health Officer, Embassy of the United States of America, Wanjira Mathai, wPOWER Hub Director, Maria Moser, Department of State, Prof Henry Mutebei, Director Wangari Maathai Institute, Anne Misiko, M&E Officer, Lilian Kong'ani Project Assistant

From left( Robert McAyoo, Social Enterprise Officer, Dr Mary Kinoti, Dean, Business School, University of Nairobi, Simon Kiragu, Project Officer, Prof Kiama Gitahi, Principal, CAVS, Tatum Albertine, Environment,Science,Technology and Health Officer, Embassy of the United States of America, Wanjira Mathai, wPOWER Hub Director, Maria Moser, Department of State, Prof Henry Mutembei, Director Wangari Maathai Institute, Anne Misiko, M&E Officer, Lilian Kong’ani Project Assista

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