The holiday season is a time of celebration, a time for festive gatherings, special meals, and family togetherness. In the midst of holiday shopping, travel and preparations for visits from family members, people take an extra moment to be kinder, … Continued
Clean Cooking Madagascar is seeing proposals for the supply of an ethanol pilot micro distillery sized from 2,000 to 5,000 liters/day. This is part of a national program. The successful proposer may be asked to provide additional distilleries once the program moves from pilot stage to scale-up. This program will support the scale-up of 100,000 ethanol stoves over five (5) years.
Project Gaia, Inc. seeks a Market Research Analyst to work in Gettysburg, PA, and research market conditions as well as develop business plans for entrepreneurs in Africa to sell and distribute ethanol stoves. Will also: (i) prepare reports of findings, … Continued
This week, students from The Refugee Action Committee (RAC) and Students Against Sexual Assault (SASA) at Gettysburg College are co-sponsoring a fundraiser to benefit Project Gaia and the Former Women Fuel Carriers Association in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. These beautiful, hand-loomed scarves … Continued
During the week of September 26, 2016, the Gaia team travelled to Nairobi, Kenya to participate in the SEED Africa Symposium and International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition. Gaia’s team comprised of Desalegn Getaneh, Director of Gaia Association, and … Continued
Chido Munangagwa, our Business Analyst, recently delivered a presentation to the Gettysburg Rotary Club providing insights to recent events in her native Zimbabwe and discussing PGI’s work. Read the write up provided by Chris Kimple here!
Over recent weeks, long queues at fuel stations in Addis Ababa have been common occurrences. There’s a sense of desperation amongst the the people queuing; the queues move slowly in spite of the weather, which at this time of the … Continued
With over 1.2 billion people, India is the world’s second most populous country. According to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, about 67% of households out of this massive population rely on solid biomass fuels for preparing their food. That means … Continued
Household energy in Kenya is fraught with challenges – from indoor air pollution from the dependence on biomass such as charcoal and firewood to the potential dangers faced in gathering solid fuel. Women are the most vulnerable because they disproportionately … Continued
Gaia Association Director Desalegn Getaneh and Wubshet Tadele, Project Gaia’s Energy and Carbon Finance Consultant, recently attended the African Carbon Forum in Kigali. The Forum, hosted by the Rwandan government and organized by partners including UN agencies, the African Development … Continued
Project Gaia, together with Green Social Bioethanol, participated in the Africa Biogas and Clean Cooking Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 5-7. The conference was organized by Hivos, the Ethiopian Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity and SNV Netherlands Development … Continued
Project Gaia, together with Carbon Africa Ltd., would like to invite all stakeholders to participate in the Gold Standard Feedback Round for the Project Gaia Cookstove Programmes of Activities (PoA) for CPA0002 in Djibouti and CPA0003 in Ethiopia. There will be two feedback … Continued
At this time of the year, the families we serve in the refugee camps are never far from our minds, which is why the donations from our year end appeal will go towards putting stoves into the Jijiga camps. Below … Continued
Project Gaia, Inc. (PGI) signed an agreement with Shell’s Nigerian production division, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), on November 5 in Lagos. Both executive director Harry Stokes and Joe Obueh of PGI’s Nigerian affiliate, Project Gaia Prospects Ltd, … Continued
James Murren, a longtime friend of Project Gaia, has just published a book, Ethiopian Vignettes: Seeing is Believing, detailing his time in Ethiopia. This is the second book for James, who also wrote Whispers of Honduras about his experience as … Continued
On October 8th, Project Gaia and its partners, Gaia Association, the Former Women’s Fuelwood Association (FWFCA) Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), and the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) inaugurated the first ethanol micro distillery of its kind in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. … Continued
Marking the Success of the “Clean Energy – Safe Energy” Program in the UNHCR Eastern Ethiopian Camps A Humanitarian Intervention Serving Refugees from Somalia In honor of Gaia Association’s 10th year of refugee assistance in the Kebribeyah, Sheder and Awbarre Camps … Continued
Carbon Africa, on behalf of Gaia Association and Project Gaia, Inc., an NGO based in the United States of America and which focuses on the distribution of efficient Cookstoves powered by ethanol from renewable sources. Project Gaia, Inc. is developing … Continued
On the road toward the upcoming 2015 UN Climate Change Conference, hundreds of organizations have been rallying to bring greater attention to the impact on women of climate change mitigation and adaptation. Women tend to be the most negatively impacted by the … Continued
Evan Singer graduated from Gettysburg College in 2012 as a philosophy major and came to Project Gaia in June 2013, where we collaborated in writing a paper concerning climate change and cookstoves. Evan is now a community health volunteer in the … Continued
Relief, Reconstruction, and Development Organization (RRDO) and Project Gaia, in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), announced the launch of their pilot study of ethanol-fueled CLEANCOOK stoves in Dadaab refugee camp, Garissa County, Kenya. CLEANCOOK Sweden AB donated 100 of their double burner … Continued
Tanzania is a Sub-Saharan country with a population of close to 50 million people and an estimated growth rate of 2.8% in 2014. Of the total energy consumption in Tanzania, 88 percent is estimated to originate from fuel wood, 7 … Continued
Members of Project Gaia attended the UN Sustainable Energy for All Forum (SE4All) in New York City from May 18 through May 21. The forum brought together NGOs, government officials, business persons, and investors in its initiative to address the “twin challenges … Continued
Project Gaia invites you to our local stakeholder consultation for development of a Cookstove Program of Activities (PoA) in Ethiopia. The consultation is scheduled to take place on June 25, 2015 at Friendship International Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 9:00 am … Continued
Project Gaia is excited to welcome three interns this summer. Quinn Heist and Phoebe Do are joining us on summer session from Gettysburg College, and Ellie Rice is joining us from Juniata College. They will be helping us with blogging and social media, … Continued
Collaboration with Government of Ethiopia, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network (HoA-REC&N) will place Stoves in Refugee Camps and Urban Settings Monday, May 18, 2015 For Immediate Release: United Nations … Continued
Panel on creating a sustainable mass market for clean cooking fuels to be held May 19th in NYC. In partnership with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC), the UN Sustainable Bioenergy High Impact Opportunities (HIO) Initiative, and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Project … Continued
New report reveals ethanol’s potential in Ethiopia, highlights barriers to widespread adoption as a cooking fuel, and recommends policy and regulatory changes to support ethanol as an alternative fuel Project Gaia and its sister organization, Gaia Association, have been working … Continued
Since our founding, Project Gaia has worked hard to clean up household air. The smoke from biomass stoves is responsible for four million deaths each year, 500,000 of which are from childhood pneumonia alone. Pediatrician Dr. Stuart Warren was part … Continued
Caveat Emptor “Ethanol?” The Home Depot sales clerk asked in disbelief. “Are you sure you don’t want propane? We don’t carry dangerous products like ethanol here.” With a glance at the power saw display, I thanked him for his recommendation … Continued
Project Gaia Inc, in conjunction with Carbon Africa Limited, would like to invite input from all stakeholders for the Gold Standard design consultation for the “Project Gaia Cook Stoves Project of Activities (PoA)”. The PoA is pursuing joint registration under the … Continued
For Immediate Release February 19, 2015 CLEANCOOK Sweden AB, a new, highly focused company, has acquired part of Dometic Group’s alcohol fuel stove business division. The CLEANCOOK stove is sold globally in Developing World markets. It is endorsed by Project … Continued
We have worked with over 18 Gettysburg College students, faculty, staff, and alumni to help us further our mission to bring clean energy to the world. Read the story about our partnership and get to know some of the people behind the … Continued
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Courtney Heitkamp, Media Relations Specialist Phone: (605) 965-6411 E-mail: email@example.com POET partners to fight pollution, deforestation in Haiti Project Gaia replaces wood-burning stoves with ethanol stoves SIOUX FALLS, SD (Jan. 28, … Continued
The government-owned sugar estates in Ethiopia were traditionally in the south, an optimal region for the farming of sugar cane. For years, the sugar industry struggled to find a solution for the molasses produced as a waste product in sugar … Continued
Five years ago today at approximately 5pm, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked Haiti. Over three million of Haiti’s ten million people were affected, and over 230,000 deaths were reported. The earthquake put Haiti in the center of the humanitarian agenda- … Continued
Project Gaia, Inc. (PGI) has been working with its sister organization, Gaia Association (Gaia), on diverse projects for over a decade. I recently had the chance to talk with Dereje Petros, the Project Coordinator at Gaia, about this relationship, his … Continued
Imagine spending nine hours, three days a week, traveling five miles to find wood so you can cook food for your family. You search everywhere for wood to gather, but to no avail. Tired and hot, you finally come across … Continued
Meet Nick Lorenz, our December extern at Project Gaia. Nick is a sophomore at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He studies Arabic and plans on majoring in International Relations. This past summer, Nick taught English to middle school children in … Continued
November 18, 2014 Project Gaia joined 13,000 health researchers and professionals at the 2014 APHA Conference, November 15-19 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The team had the opportunity to present the following: Success of Alcohol Based Cooking Fuels for Reducing Household … Continued
As a part of our new “Meet the Team” series, we got back in touch with Alyssa Bosold, a former Project Gaia intern who carried out a household energy research project and small ethanol stove and fuel pilot in Vietnam in … Continued
Meet Mrs. Theresa Ailenmoagboan. She is one of Nigeria’s most recent converts to the CleanCook alcohol stove. Nigeria is the economic hub of West Africa, but most of its population live below the poverty line and suffer from prevalent Household Air Pollution … Continued
“Ethanol is the fuel of the future.” – Henry Ford On October 1, 1908, Henry Ford released a car that was made for the masses: the Model T. Thanks to the savings provided by assembly line production, the Model T … Continued
Energy poverty stands as one of the primary development issues of our time. Its consequences extend far and wide; those who do not have access to clean energy feel its absence in nearly every facet of their lives. “Energy is … Continued
PGI is teaming up with CTx Green Energy Partnerships to provide 15 clean cookstoves to women in Odisha, India. The 15 stoves will be part of a study focused on the health benefits of bioethanol cookstoves for women. Why donate … Continued
Gaia Association is conducting a study to test the feasibility of a national scale-up of ethanol cookstoves and microdistilleries in Ethiopia. The study, which is financed by the British government’s Strategic Climate Institutions Programme (SCIP), will address the absence of … Continued
We realized it was time for a change when our old logo kept showing up as the recycling symbol on our shampoo bottles and food wrappers. Here at Project Gaia, we are continually adapting to best serve families around the … Continued
Project Gaia is excited to announce a new partnership with Pura Vida Bracelets! The La Jolla, California based company helped us create a bracelet that artistically conveys our approach to eradicating energy poverty. Here are five reasons you should buy … Continued
For years, Project Gaia has partnered with Gettysburg College students and faculty on research projects. We have also tapped some of the brightest recent graduates and most promising students to work in our office and the field. Recently, we joined … Continued
The World Bioenergy team interviewed PGI Executive Director Harry Stokes in January 2014 to follow up on his 2012 win of the Award for his decades of global household energy work. The dedicated work of Harry Stokes and PGI serve today as a model for future World Bioenergy Award nominees.
Project Gaia Co-Founder and Executive Director Harry Stokes was presented the 2013 Eisenhower Humanitarian Award by the Rotary Club of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania for his leadership of the global clean fuel initiative Project Gaia, Inc. The award’s significance goes beyond just … Continued
Gaia demonstrates how to operate the CleanCook alcohol stove in two new videos on YouTube. Available in English and Amharic.
Tany Meva Foundation, in partnership with the World Bank, Project GAIA, Inc., EcoEnergy Business Group (e2), and Green Development AS will convene a three-day workshop in Antananarivo, Madagascar, on small or micro scale ethanol production for fuel use. The workshop … Continued
In September Gaia announces: Ethiopia distillery to be built by Spectrum Technologies; New Partnership for Haiti; November Workshop in Madagascar
Our earliest CleanCook stoves were distributed in 2001. Joe and Henrietta have been cooking on their stove for 11 years and counting…
May 29, 2012 Harry Stokes of Project Gaia was announced the winner of 2012 World Bioenergy Award on May 29 in Jönköping, Sweden. Harry was selected by the World Bioenergy Association jury out of six finalists including entrepreneurs, government officials and … Continued
Gaia Association- Ethiopia Offers Request to Join General Assembly. The General Assembly is a group of individuals committed to supporting Gaia Association’s mission to improve lives, the environment and the well-being of families with clean and safe ethanol cookstoves and fuel.
Gaia announces Request for Expression of Interest to install a 1,000 liter per day microdistillery in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Deadline for submission is Friday March 23, 2012.
The NABDA project brings the distillery together with an initial 1,000 CleanCook ethanol stoves, a safe, efficient stove developed by the Dometic Group and selected by Project Gaia for use in Africa
Supermodel and philanthropist Gisele Bundchen visited several clean cookstove projects including the CleanCook ethanol stove during a five-day energy access exposure visit to Kenya in honor of the UN launched International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.
On November 23, Gaia Association, in partnership with Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the Ethiopian Environmental Protection Authority, launched the new project “Fuel from Waste: Demonstrating the Feasibility of Locally Produced Ethanol for Household Cooking in Addis Ababa.”
Ethiopian non-profit organization Gaia Association showcased its commercial ethanol cookstove and fuel initiatives at the “Go Green Africa Fair” held from June 23 to 26, 2011, at the Addis Ababa Exhibition Center.
Firehiwot of Gaia Association attended the workshop – The Health Burden of Indoor Air Pollution on Women and Children in Developing Countries. The workshop brought together over 150 health and stove experts.
Abstract The need for targeted energy interventions during relief efforts, especially for cooking but also for other household needs such as lighting and refrigeration, is becoming more critical and apparent. Supplying energy to people in crisis has frequently been neglected … Continued
Upon her arrival in Awbarre camp four years ago, Sofia used firewood as cooking fuel. With six other women, she would walk up to 8 kilometers every four days to collect firewood.
Join Project Gaia for this program featuring Hillary Clinton and Julia Roberts on Saturday May 7th at 8-9:30PM – OWN channel to learn more about the relationship between cookstoves, women and the environment!
Gaia Association participated in a two day exhibition and workshop held by the Ethiopian Civil Society Network on Climate Change (ECSNCC) on 19-20 April 2011 in Addis Ababa. Gaia Association -a clean fuels and cookstoves initiative – led the Environmental Working Group (EWG) of the ECSNCC, a group of six non-governmental organizations working to expand and develop sustainable, renewable energy technologies in Ethiopia.
Partners for Euro-African Green Energy (PANGEA) and Project Gaia, Inc. held the event Clearing the Smoke: Promotion of CleanCook Ethanol Fuel Stoves in Developing Countries, as part of EU Sustainable Energy Week on Thursday, 14 April 2011 at the European Parliament. The event was hosted by MEP Christofer Fjellner (EPP/Sweden) and included presentations from the Stockholm Environmental Institute (SEI), Project Gaia, Inc., and stove manufacturer, Dometic AB.
Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Wangari Maathai quotes Gaia’s work with clean cookstoves in Ethiopia in her book, “The Challenge for Africa”. Read the excerpt here!
In the heart of ethanol country, a coalition of women in Sioux Falls, SD have mobilized to create a spectacular event which will celebrate women and “give back” by sponsoring stoves for women in Africa and Latin America. Their example connects women across the globe by educating those of us in the U.S. on the dangers women face in the developing world to cook their daily meals and allowing women to send stoves and cards to families in Ethiopia, Nigeria, Madagascar, and Haiti. We love this example of truly grassroots fundraising which empowers women in the U.S. and in the areas we work in Africa and Latin America!
Firehiwot Mengesha of Gaia Association joined our partners in clean energy technology at the 2011 ETHOS symposium, presenting about the lessons Gaia has earned through experience with small and large scale ethanol supply for household energy
Mekdes Ijigu, Assistant Project Coordinator of Gaia Association, recently attended the 2011 ECSNCC Forum, representing Gaia and the renewable energy implementing group. The ECSNCC is a venue for Gaia Association to share its experience with renewable household energy and disseminate project results to relevant stakeholders.
Gaia Association has received a grant from the Ethiopian Federal Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to source and install three microdistilleries in rural Ethiopian communities.
On November 16, 2010, Dr. Paul Anastas of the EPA met with the Gaia Association for a day of discussions and field site visits to assess future strategies for clean cooking. The trip is part of the EPA’ s increasing efforts to develop solutions that ensure clean, household energy for the millions in the world who lack access to energy.
The IIEA, in collaboration with Project Gaia, will host a seminar on Appropriate-scale Alcohol Fuel Production in Atlanta, Georgia November 29 to December 2, 2010. The 3 and a half day educational seminar will focus on small-scale alcohol fuel production … Continued
Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton announces the new public-private partnership to provide 100 million homes with clean stoves by the year 2020, saying “clean stoves can be as transformative as bed nets and vaccines”. Project Gaia was represented at the Global Launch on September 23, 2010. This new Alliance has created a flurry of press around the benefits of clean cookstoves, picked up by CNN, BBC, New York Times, the Guardian, etc.
Gaia found far-reaching support for a stove and fuel initiative in Haiti. Many new partners have been identified and site visits for pilot studies were conducted. The Haiti project is now gearing up with the many capable partners on the ground.
POET is the U.S.-based leading producer of ethanol in the world. Vital is their quarterly magazine with an online component that has a readership of more than 22,000. Gaia’s photo makes the cover of the April 2010 edition and the Gaia story is featured– read here. Thanks to Julie Flannery-Allen for the wonderful article “Stoves that Save”!
Alternative Energy Africa magazine took reader nominations for the best African renewable energy projects for the past year. The year 2009 saw the continent gaining momentum in the sector and many large-scale projects were announced or moved forward. Here we … Continued
On March 16, Project Gaia won the 2010 Sustainable Biofuels Award for Adoption at the World Biofuels Markets Conference in Amsterdam. In the past, this award has been given to government, a municipal vehicle fleet or a new user who … Continued
Bringing the promise of hastened recovery for Haitian families devastated by the recent earthquake, Project Gaia International, a global clean-cooking initiative, announces a new effort to place clean-cooking, ethanol-fueled stoves in Haitian homes. “Since the earthquake, most Haitian households have … Continued
Why Is Cooking Important?, a film by Jake Boritt documenting how refugees’ lives are transformed thanks to Project Gaia, premiered at COP15 during the Climate and Development Days Film Festival. This video features “Wavin’ Flag” by hip-hop star K’naan. You … Continued
Project Gaia is one of the case studies featured in a recent report compiled for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) and PISCES (Policy Innovative Systems for Clean Energy Security) by Practical Action Consulting. The study focuses on … Continued
Boiling Point presents a case study based on a fictional household energy dilemma with advice from international experts. The case study here is how to design and implement programs, monitor overall progress, and check that work is going as planned. … Continued
Tonight, the world’s leading green energy prize awarded £20,000 for a pioneering sustainable energy project to the Gaia Association, an organization working with the UNHCR in the Kebribeyah refugee camp near Ethiopia’s border with Somalia. The Ashden Awards prize was … Continued
The affecting documentary Cooking to Live by filmmaker Jake Boritt traces a day in the lives of three women in the UNHCR Kebribeyah Refugee Camp located in the Somali Regional State, eastern Ethiopia. Driven from their homes by political and … Continued
Today the world’s leading green energy prize announced that pioneering renewable energy projects from Africa, Asia, and Latin America will each receive prizes of up to £20,000, with an overall Energy Champion winning up to £40,000. Winners will be revealed … Continued
The award was given in recognition of Project Gaia’s dedication, commitment, and investment in demonstrating the impact of household energy interventions and in improving peoples’ health, livelihood, and quality of life by reducing IAP. At its third Biennial Forum, held … Continued