Stella Strother-Blood Reporting
Last Friday, the InStove team joined five other local cookstove research and design partners at the first annual Spark! Initiative hosted by Global Oregon at the University of Oregon. At this half-day event, we interacted with students, faculty, and the community to teach them more about the clean cookstove initiative.
|Nick Moses discusses stove technology at the Spark! Initiative.|
Panel discussions included the environment, health, social impacts, and stove science. Stella Strother-Blood, from InStove, discussed public health and the importance of clean cookstoves in preventing negative health impacts. Matt O’Hern, a University of Oregon Professor who has worked with InStove, addressed the benefits of alternative technology, such as the 60 Liter and 100 Liter stove, in the field. Nick Moses, research and development engineer with InStove, discussed how fire does not actually have to be smoky – and how InStove technology is proving this concept.
|Fred Colgan shows the 60 Liter Stove to attendees.|
Following the panels were the stove demonstrations. InStove made corn on the cob in one of our 60 Liter Stoves. Passersby joined in on the fun and enjoyed the snack while learning about clean cookstoves. It was a wonderful sight to see all of these different stove-focused groups come together and discuss technology, distribution, and impacts.