Cooking Shouldn’t Kill!

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Date, Time, and Location:
Wednesday, April 17 2013 at 7 p.m.
Center for Spiritual Living (also known as Carleton Hall)
400 W. Franklin
Monterey, CA

Cost:  Free and open to all.

Keynote Speaker:  Ms. Leslie Cordes

Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Advocacy

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Hosted by the United Nations Foundation

About our speaker and the panel:

Leslie Cordes held various positions at the following organizations before joining the UN Foundation and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves: EPA’s Energy Supply Branch, the non-profit Alliance to Save Energy, USAID’s Energy Efficiency Program, and US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Gireesh Shrimali is Assistant Professor of Energy Economics and Business at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. His research focus is on policy for renewable energy, innovation in the energy sector, and climate change. His previous work has included business models for sustainable cookstoves in India.

Andrée Sosler is the Executive Director of Potential Energy, a Berkeley nonprofit brining life-improving technologies to people in developing countries. Potential Energy’s flagship program, the Darfur Stoves Project has helped mainly women and children in Darfur, Sudan to build assets and live healthier lives through the distribution of clean cookstoves.

Julie Greene is the executive director of Solar Cookers International (SCI) in Sacramento, which promotes solar thermal cooking technology through advocacy, direct service and worldwide partnerships to improve health, economies and the environment.

Topic:  Cooking Shouldn’t Kill!

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and its efforts to save lives, empower women, and battle climate change.

Did you know nearly three billion people in the developing world cook food and heat their homes with traditional cookstoves or open fires using solid biomass (wood, charcoal, dung, or crop residues) as fuel?

Starting out with video clips from Africa, Asia, and South America, the UNA program first analyses the issues that are part of this under-reported fact.  The UNA program will then focus on the solutions to these regional and global problems such as clean cookstove technologies, clean cookstove fuels, and behavioral and structural changes.

Three other stove experts will participate in a panel question and answer session at the event.  The short film “ Black Inside,” and an exhibit of different clean cookstove models will be included. The film shows vignettes of three women, one each from Kenya, Peru, and India who tell how their lives changed due to better stoves. The film represents high quality cinematography, 11 minutes plus two minutes of an announcement by actress Julia Roberts who is an Ambassador for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

Key words you will hear about in this presentation:

black carbon, climate change, children, clean cookstoves, fuels, desertification, environmental impact, gender-based violence, household air pollution, public health, market-based approach, pneumonia, poverty reduction, public-private partnership, stove technology, empowerment of women

For more information please visit the Alliance’s web site:

Sponsors:  The United Nations Association appreciates the collaboration of these groups in presenting the program: American Red Cross Monterey Bay Area Chapter, Communities for Sustainable Monterey County, and The Women’s International Perspective (The WIP)

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