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

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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

Lilian NamumaTurning plastic back to liquid gold – at the Alternative Energy Systems Limited
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The Sustainability of Wood Fuel Will Be Determined by Women

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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 Hub in amplifying women’s leadership in the clean energy sector. The wPOWER Hub will also showcase her progress in advocating for women in clean energy entrepreneurship and climate change through its exhibition.

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

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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 evidence-based policy-making and forging strong working relationships with knowledge institutions through action learning processes which will help mitigate risk in the energy sector innovation.
The Wangari Maathai Institute has been instrumental in supporting the wPOWER Hub to continue its focus on making the case for the role of women in clean energy entrepreneurship.
In his Speech, Hon. Kenyatta paid a glowing tribute to the late Prof. Wangari Maathai for her relentless work and passion to care for the environment. “I am encouraged to learn that this Institute is already playing a critical role in reducing conflicts in communities by involving women in green energy technology, and in environmental conservation,” said the President.

The Institute, that is set to be completed mid next year is designed to give an expression of the vision of Wangari Maathai for democratic space, sustainable and accountable management and cultures of peace. The Institute aims to create a culture of peace through transformational leadership in environmental governance.
The cost of construction of phase I of the WMI is at KES 600m and is supported by the government of Kenya, the African Union through African Development Bank and the UoN. The President reaffirmed the government’s commitment to support the project up to its completion.

Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies will train students from the whole African continent on environmental issues. The campus will as well play a key role in shaping democracy and peace building initiatives.

The ceremony was well represented in attendance by representatives from the Government of Kenya, University of Nairobi, Green Belt Movement and well wishers.

Wangari Maathai was awarded the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize “for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace”.

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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.

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

 

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