Three international projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions—in Costa Rica, Uganda and Vietnam—are receiving a total of $15,000 in donations from the Yale School of Public Health.
The Yale Climate Change and Health Initiative (CCHI) held two workshops this month and outlined each project in detail before participants voted on which one they thought was most effective in reducing greenhouse gas emissions while at the same time providing immediate economic, social, environmental and health benefits.
The project garnering the most support was Ugastove, an initiative in Uganda to promote the use of more efficient home cooking stoves that will receive a $6,774 donation. The stoves reduce charcoal use by 36 percent and prevent an estimated 1.4 million tons of CO2 emissions annually. They also provide jobs, reduce fuel costs, save trees (used to produce charcoal), and improve health by reducing household air pollution. At a cost of only $10, more than 500,000 stoves have already been sold.