Archive of Topic: energy and gender

Isa Ferrall

Isa Fer­rall is a MS/Ph.D. stu­dent in the Energy and Resources Group and Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley. She is inter­ested in the impact of renew­able energy on rural elec­tri­fi­ca­tion, global devel­op­ment, and the domes­tic energy sec­tor. Pre­vi­ously, Isa gained expe­ri­ence on both the tech­ni­cal and applied sides of renew­able energy. She researched inno­v­a­tive energy mate­ri­als at Duke Uni­ver­sity as a National Acad­emy of Engi­neer­ing Grand Chal­lenge Scholar and at the National Renew­able Energy Lab­o­ra­tory as a Depart­ment of Energy Intern. She also has ana­lyzed sys­tem data for Off-​​Grid Elec­tric, a solar home sys­tem com­pany oper­at­ing in east Africa. Isa grad­u­ated Magna Cum Laude from Duke Uni­ver­sity in 2015 with dis­tinc­tion in Mechan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing and a Cer­tifi­cate in Energy and the Environment.

Reilly, Jessica

Jes­sica Reilly who is cur­rently sup­ported by a Ful­bright Fel­low­ship to study coastal cli­mate change in Mex­ico, has now also been awarded the Insti­tute of Cur­rent World Affairs Fel­low­ship.  Over the next two years, Jes­sica and her part­ner Josh Moman will sail the Pacific coast of Cen­tral Amer­ica, cross through the Panama canal, and move into the Caribbean to explore the region by way of the ocean, look­ing at cli­mate change. She will use her map­ping expe­ri­ence to gather data and build maps show­ing vul­ner­a­bil­ity to sea level rise for each coun­try. By sus­tain­ably har­ness­ing wind and sun to travel, Jes­sica hopes to access remote loca­tions, share the ocean-​​bound expe­ri­ence of local com­mu­ni­ties, and lis­ten to and doc­u­ment sto­ries of cli­mate adap­ta­tion at the shores of Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean with words, images, and video.

Avila, Nkiruka

Nkiruka Avila is a grad­u­ate stu­dent in the Energy and Resources Group at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley. She grad­u­ated with Summa cum Laude hon­ors in Petro­leum Engi­neer­ing from the Uni­ver­sity of Okla­homa. She has worked in var­i­ous sec­tors of the energy indus­try, from engi­neer­ing design and pro­duc­tion to end-​​use dis­tri­b­u­tion and mar­ket­ing. Her cur­rent research inter­ests include renew­able energy inte­gra­tion, sus­tain­able energy devel­op­ment and rural electrification.

Program on Conflict, Climate Change and Green Development

For a video sum­ma­riz­ing the pro­gram, click here.

The impacts of cli­mate change are already being felt across Africa, lead­ing to greater nat­ural resource scarcity, which has con­tributed to vio­lent con­flict in Dar­fur (Sudan), Mali, and Soma­lia, among oth­ers. This trend is likely to con­tinue, as Africa is pro­jected to be among geo­gra­phies most severely impacted by cli­mate change. Though the path­way from cli­mate change to greater nat­ural resource scarcity to vio­lence is not a direct one, the risks of con­flict will increase as liveli­hoods are threat­ened due to greater scarcity of food, water or arable land. With lower gov­ern­ment capac­i­ties and lim­ited fund­ing to adapt to cli­mate change impacts, and a rel­a­tively weak con­flict prevention/​resolution archi­tec­ture in place, cli­mate change is likely to have an increas­ingly impor­tant impact on future con­flicts in Africa.

This assess­ment neces­si­tates new pol­icy plan­ning and devel­op­ment think­ing. Despite the threats, the broader global inter­est in cli­mate change also presents sig­nif­i­cant oppor­tu­ni­ties to mobi­lize new inter­est and momen­tum for pro­mot­ing green devel­op­ment in Africa. This can con­tribute to an effec­tive con­flict pre­ven­tion strat­egy, and can also drive increased invest­ment and more diver­si­fied economies, improved gov­er­nance and devel­op­ment out­comes, and greater polit­i­cal sta­bil­ity. This project aims to build the the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal case for a new model for green devel­op­ment, which can pro­vide both polit­i­cal and eco­nomic returns, while deliv­er­ing both cli­mate sen­si­tive and con­flict sen­si­tive development.

Our 3–5 year goal is to seed and sup­port a suc­cess­ful “green” pilot in a still to be selected geog­ra­phy in Africa. A suc­cess­ful pilot will require polit­i­cal buy-​​in and local polit­i­cal cham­pi­ons, as well as new exter­nal invest­ment to sup­port green devel­op­ment projects. This can serve as a model that helps demon­strate the polit­i­cal and eco­nomic poten­tial of a green approach, the eco­nomic poten­tial of a green frame­work to exter­nal investors, as well as effec­tive con­flict pre­ven­tion. It is our hope that the model, once proven, will be scal­able in other geographies.

Bailis, Robert

Rob is inter­ested in sus­tain­abil­ity, resource use, and envi­ron­men­tal change in the devel­op­ing world. He explores these issues prin­ci­pally, though not exclu­sively, in the con­text of energy. He became inter­ested in the inter­sec­tion of energy, soci­ety, and envi­ron­ment while work­ing as a teacher in the US Peace Corps in a remote com­mu­nity in north­west­ern Kenya. He uses an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary approach that places equal empha­sis on qual­i­ta­tive and quan­ti­ta­tive meth­ods across a range of scales, from local to regional and global. Fol­low this link for more infor­ma­tion about his past and cur­rent research.

https://​envi​ron​ment​.yale​.edu/​p​r​o​f​i​l​e​/​b​a​i​l​is/

Ezzati, Majid

My research focuses on expo­sure to, and health effects of, envi­ron­men­tal, behav­ioural, nutri­tional, and meta­bolic risk fac­tors and their inter­ven­tions at the pop­u­la­tion level.  The research activ­i­ties rou­tinely com­bine con­cepts, data, and meth­ods from a range of envi­ron­men­tal, health, and quan­ti­ta­tive sci­ences with a sys­tems per­spec­tive.  We col­lect and ana­lyze pri­mary field data on envi­ron­men­tal risk fac­tors (pri­mar­ily air pol­lu­tion).  We also develop and apply ana­lyt­i­cal mod­els to com­bi­na­tions of pri­mary and sec­ondary data to esti­mate health effects of risk fac­tor expo­sures and inter­ven­tions.  You can learn about our past and ongo­ing stud­ies, and see their results and pub­li­ca­tions, through the Envi­ron­ment and Global Health Research Group page.

Household Energy, Cookstoves and Health

Bio­mass fuels (wood, char­coal, dung, and agri­cul­tural residues) are vital to basic wel­fare and eco­nomic activ­ity in devel­op­ing nations, espe­cially in sub-​​Saharan Africa (SSA), where they meet more than 90% of house­hold energy needs in many nations. Com­bus­tion of bio­fu­els emit pol­lu­tants that cur­rently cause over 1.6 mil­lion annual deaths glob­ally (400,000 in SSA. Because most of these deaths are among chil­dren and women, bio­mass use is directly or indi­rectly related to mul­ti­ple Mil­len­nium Devel­op­ment Goals (MDGs), includ­ing envi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity, reduc­ing child mor­tal­ity, and gen­der equity.

 

Taking indoor air pollution measurements in rural Kenya

Tak­ing indoor air pol­lu­tion mea­sure­ments in rural Kenya

Making charcoal, Kenya

Mak­ing char­coal, Kenya

Women gathering firewood, Zombe, Kenya

Women gath­er­ing fire­wood, Zombe, Kenya

Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA)

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Kam­men speak­ing in Man­agua on an ECAP spon­sored trip to facil­i­tate com­mu­nity energy ini­tia­tives on the RAAS (Region Autonoma de Atlantico Sur).

Dan on Horse to Khaka Creek

Vis­it­ing Kaka Creek, clean energy and bio­di­ver­sity research and eco-​​tourism site in the RAAS.

Lecture on clean energy options at the National Engineering University (UNI) in Mangaua, Nicaragua

Lec­ture on clean energy options at the National Engi­neer­ing Uni­ver­sity (UNI) in Man­gaua, Nicaragua

Meeting with the Mayor of , Dr. Harold Bacon, who awarded Kammen an honorary citizen of Bluefields accolade.

Meet­ing with the Mayor of , Dr. Harold Bacon, who awarded Kam­men an hon­orary cit­i­zen of Blue­fields accolade.

 

 

 

Hoffacker, Madison

Madi­son K. Hof­facker is a full-​​time Sus­tain­able Energy Research Spe­cial­ist jointly with the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berke­ley and the Cen­ter for Con­ser­va­tion Biol­ogy at UC River­side. Madi­son grad­u­ated from Chap­man Uni­ver­sity with a degree in Envi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence and Pol­icy, and pre­vi­ously worked for the Depart­ment of Global Ecol­ogy at the Carnegie Insti­tu­tion for Sci­ence (Stan­ford, California).

Pub­li­ca­tions:

Her­nan­dez RR, Hof­facker MK, Field CB (2015) Effi­cient use of land to meet sus­tain­able energy needs. Nature Cli­mate Change, doi:10.1038/NCLIMATE2556 [PDF]                                                                                                                                                                Fea­tured in: The Wash­ing­ton PostECN​mag​.comGrist​.orgCom​put​er​World​.com, and Green​Tech​Me​dia​.com

Her­nan­dez RR, Hof­facker MK, Field CB (2014) The Land-​​Use Effi­ciency of Big Solar. Envi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy, doi: 10.1021/es4043726. [PDF]

Funk JL, Hof­facker MK, and Matzek V (2014) Sum­mer irri­ga­tion, graz­ing and seed addi­tion dif­fer­en­tially influ­ence com­mu­nity com­po­si­tion in an invaded ser­pen­tine grass­land.  [PDF]

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