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Students, staff, volunteers to travel to Nicaragua for cookstove project

November 15, 2010

More than half of the world's population relies on biomass combustion to meet basic domestic energy needs. Indoor cook stoves can result in extremely high levels of indoor air pollution and can lead to severe respiratory and other health problems.

Stove pollution kills over 1.5M people each year

Students are returning to El Fortin, Nicaragua, in December to collect critical additional research data on indoor air pollution from cookstoves.

The World Health Organization estimates that pollution from these stoves kills over 1.5 million people worldwide each year.

There are solutions to this massive global health problem. In the summer of 2008, a group of Colorado State University students and volunteers working with Professor Jennifer Peel, associate professor of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, and Trees, Water & People, a Fort Collins-based nonprofit organization, traveled to El Fortin, Nicaragua, to assess the exposures and health of families using traditional indoor cook stoves.

The families in El Fortin received an improved, more energy-efficient stove with a proper ventilation system. In the summer of 2009, students returned to the community to assess the effectiveness of the new stoves in reducing exposures and improving the health of these families.

Students return to Nicaragua in Dec.

In December 2010, CSU students will once again return to El Fortin to collect additional exposure and health data to fill important research gaps, assess the sustainability of the improved stoves, and conduct exit interviews designed to gain insight into community perceptions and barriers to improved stove use. This study will provide critical evidence about the success of these stoves as a potential solution to this problem affecting families worldwide.

Five undergraduate students from Environmental Health, or EH, and Microbiology join EH doctoral student Judy Heiderscheidt, CSU Research Associate Bevin Luna, and project volunteer Bill Marquardt to fill out the field research team.

Undergraduate students include:

  • Lindsay Davis - EH
  • Katie Fromuth- EH
  • Stephanie Minnaert - EH
  • Grant Quiller - EH
  • Laylaa Ramos - Microbiology

Silent auction fundraiser Nov. 18

To support this group, please come participate in a silent auction fundraiser and enjoy an evening of live music at Avogadro’s Number in Fort Collins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18.

Cover will be $5 at the door and all proceeds will benefit the project. The lineup for the evening includes CSU's own Bevin Luna at 7:30 p.m. and Jen Korte & the Loss at 8:30 p.m.

Contact: Jennifer Peel
Phone: (970) 491-6391