Turning plastic back to liquid gold – at the Alternative Energy Systems Limited

Turning plastic back to liquid gold – at the Alternative Energy Systems Limited

The Alternative Energy Systems Limited (AESL) in Thika, Kiambu County provides an ideal platform for experiential learning on how to convert waste plastic into usable forms of energy. Its positive social impacts include reducing plastic pollution, generating employment and producing a charcoal substitute from carbon black (a pyrolysis byproduct). Read more

Energy from biomass of constructed wetlands

Energy from biomass of constructed wetlands

Taking the next step forward in enhancing the value of constructed wetlands, a pilot biogas plant to extract energy from the biomass of constructed wetlands was installed on ICRISAT campus recently.   Read More

The Sustainability of Wood Fuel Will Be Determined by Women

The Sustainability of Wood Fuel Will Be Determined by Women

Partnership on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPOWER Hub) at the Wangari Maathai Institute, will participate at the 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV), Summit, which will be held at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) headquarters Nairobi, Kenya on 25th -26th August 2016. The wPOWER Hub Director, Wanjira Mathai will speak at a side event  “The Future of Wood Based Fuel” on 25th August, where she will highlight the role of the wPOWER

Wangari Maathai’s Legacy: The official Laying of the Foundation Stone Ceremony

Wangari Maathai’s Legacy: The official Laying of the Foundation Stone Ceremony

The wPOWER Hub team, led by the Director, Wanjira Mathai today joined H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta in making history by laying the foundation stone at the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies ‘Green Campus’, in a colourful ceremony that was presided over by President Uhuru Kenyatta at the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences(CAVS), Upper Kabete Campus, University of Nairobi. The ‘Green Campus’ will host the wPOWER Hub, and continue to play an important role in championing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wangari Maathai Institute hosts Environmental Partnership Launch

Wangari Maathai Institute hosts Environmental Partnership Launch

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

The wPOWER Hub: Preserving Forests through Tree Planting

The wPOWER Hub: Preserving Forests through Tree Planting

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. Read more  

ADOPTING A SUSTAINABLE APPROACH TO CHARCOAL

ADOPTING A SUSTAINABLE APPROACH TO CHARCOAL

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

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