Thank you to everybody who came out to support Potential Energy! View photos of the event on CrowdAlbum.
Garth Trinidad (KCRW/Moja Moja), Bob Fergusen (Oxfam America), and PE’s own Executive Director Michelle Kreger at Moja Moja
Photo by Elisa Camahort Page
Executive Director Michelle Kreger and Associate Director Debra Stein with performers.
Photo by Scott Branam.
Michelle comes to Potential Energy after 7 years at Kiva, a nonprofit organization connecting people through lending to alleviate poverty. At Kiva, Michelle spent 5 years building their network of microfinance partners across Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, and 2 years as Senior Director of Kiva’s Strategic Initiatives group, where she was responsible for overseeing their expansion into new impact areas including clean energy, water and sanitation, innovative agriculture and higher education. In 2012, Michelle served as a Rainer Arnhold Fellow, a prestigious program for social entrepreneurs with particularly promising solutions to the big problems in health, poverty, and conservation in developing countries. Prior to joining Kiva, Michelle founded a nonprofit organization in Costa Rica, NatureKids, which focuses on English literacy and environmental sustainability in burgeoning tourist hubs. She also worked at various organizations dedicated to financial inclusion, including ACCION International. Michelle graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a degree in International Relations and a minor in Economics.]]>
A Panel Discussion on Scaling Clean Cooking Solutions Through Women’s Empowerment
Tim Brown, CEO IDEO
Chuck Slaughter, President & Founder, Living Goods
Debra Stein, Executive Director, Potential Energy
Johanna Matocha, Director, Carbon & Impact Systems Development, The Paradigm Project
Premal Shah*, President, KIVA
Corinne Hart, Gender & Markets Program Manager, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Lunch Reception to follow
San Francisco, CA
The Alliance has developed a groundbreaking report, Scaling Adoption of Clean Cooking Solutions through Women’s Empowerment: A Resource Guide, for a wide-variety of sector stakeholders – including practitioners, donors, policymakers, multinational corporations, investors, and academic institutions – to increase their understanding of why women are critical and how to ensure they are included in every clean cooking value chain segment.
Although women are disproportionately impacted by dirty and inefficient cooking practices and reliance on biomass for fuel, they also are crucial partners in the widespread adoption and use of clean cooking solutions because of their central responsibility for cooking and managing household energy. Women have a role to play in every segment of the clean cooking value chain, and their involvement can increase project effectiveness and help scale adoption of products and services, while also impacting their livelihoods.
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a public-private partnership to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. Today a staggering 4 million people around the world die annually from exposure to smoke from inefficient cookstoves and women and children are disproportionately impacted. The Alliance’s ‘100 by 20’ goal calls for 100 million homes to adopt clean and efficient stoves and fuels by 2020. The Alliance works with public, private, and non-profit partners to help overcome the market barriers that currently impede the production, deployment, and use of clean cookstoves in the developing world. For more information on the Alliance, please visit www.cleancookstoves.org. For more information on the Resource Guide, please visit www.cleancookstoves.org/gender.
“Technology makes us powerful. Technology in the hands of The Tech Awards laureates puts that power to work in ways that build better communities and inspire hope.”- Tim Ritchie, President of The Tech Museum of Innovation
We are thrilled to have been named a 2013 Tech Laureate by the Tech Museum of Innovation!
Congratulations to our fellow The Tech Awards 2013 laureates. They are all doing incredible work. See videos all of the laureates videos here.
For the complete 34-page Gala program booklet, go to thetechawards.thetech.org.
Be sure to watch the KQED special on The Tech Awards on KQED Plus: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 12:30 a.m.
A heartfelt thanks to the Tech Museum of Innovation and our award sponsor, Flextronics for this fantastic opportunity!]]>
We were honored to be included among such a distinguished crowd! Other 2013 Global Citizens include: Congresswoman Barbara Lee, U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations, Tiffany Taylor, the International Accountability Project and more!
The Global Citizens award recognizes individuals and organizations working toward achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals which aim to eradicate extreme poverty by 2015.]]>
Potential Energy is profiled several times in this resource guide, which not only highlights our efforts to keep women at the center of our stove design process but also profiles are efforts supported by the Global Alliance to create stove repayment plans organized by Darfuri women’s groups.
To read Scaling Adoption of Clean Cooking Solutions through Women’s Empowerment, please click here.]]>
The United Nations Association-USA East Bay Chapter will present
awards to five individuals and organizations at its 8th Global Citizen Awards Dinner celebrating United Nations Day on Sunday, October 27, 2013, 5:00-8:45 pm. The awards are given for their outstanding achievements in fulfilling the UN Millennium Goals of alleviating poverty, inequality and disparities. The event is co-sponsored and hosted at the International House, UC Berkeley, 2299 Piedmont Avenue (at Bancroft Way).
Congresswoman Barbara Lee will be awarded the Global Citizen Award
for her exemplary accomplishments in supporting the United Nations,
promoting peace and fulfilling the UN Millennium Development Goals.
Other Global Citizen Awards will be presented to Potential Energy, Berkeley, providing effective stoves for Sudanese and Ethiopian women; the International Accountability Project, Oakland, for protecting rights and livelihoods in Bangladesh and Peru; Prof. Jason Coburn, UC Berkeley, for water and sanitation for Kenyan slum dwellers; and Rose Padilla Johnson of San Leandro for health and other services provided in Guatemala and the East Bay.
Wine Reception and Registration is held at 5:00pm followed by the Dinner and Awards Program from 6:00 to 8:45 pm. Tickets are $40; student discount $20. Celebration Tables which seat 10 are $1,000. Advance reservations are required. Reserve tickets at http://www.undayevent2013.eventbrite.com. For information, questions and table reservations, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-642-9461. Wheelchair Accessible.
UNA-USA East Bay Chapter
Many thanks to Andrée for her dedication to PE’s mission and vision. We can’t wait to see what she does next!]]>
Thanks to our supporters, we achieved our goal!]]>
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared as a special guest at the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves third anniversary event in New York City. Potential Energy’s Andree Sosler, Debra Stein and Omnia Abbas participated in the event and listened to Clinton announce new commitments in support of the Alliance’s efforts to create a global market for clean cookstoves and fuels.
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves was launched in 2010 at the Clinton Global Initiative by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.]]>