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Exposure to household air pollution (HAP) is a top-ten risk factor for morbidity and mortality worldwide, and is a leading contributor to the burden of disease around the world. Access to modern energy has been proposed as a basic human right, yet 3 billion people still rely on traditional energy sources (e.g., wood, charcoal, kerosene) to support household needs such as cooking, heating, and lighting. Emissions from traditional energy sources create unhealthy levels of HAP and contribute to the earth’s radiative energy balance; over the next century, anthropogenic climate forcing is expected to inflict a major toll on human health. We seek to help shift the current household energy paradigm to increasingly efficient and sustainable solutions. 

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ASHES Science To Achieve Results Webinar Series #1

ASHES Science To Achieve Results Webinar Series #1

Click here to watch the webinar recording! Download the Slides! See Q&A and grant publications here! ...

World Health Organization’s New Toolkit

World Health Organization’s New Toolkit

ASHES webinar series recording: WHO’s Clean Household Energy Solutions Toolkit (CHEST), specifically the ‘Guidance on Standards and Testing’ module   Click Here to Watch the ...

Mask Bootcamp 101

Mask Bootcamp 101

Interested in designing or making your own mask? Want to learn about what separates a “good” mask from a “bad” one? Come join us for a free 60-min webinar where you will learn about: • Principles of ...

Cookstove Catalog

Cookstove Catalog

Explore stove, fuel and testing information from Alliance partners from the Clean Cooking Alliance. Link: http://catalog.cleancookstoves.org/ ...

ISO19867 Harmonized laboratory test protocols

ISO19867 Harmonized laboratory test protocols

These voluntary performance targets are provided as informative guidance, and are not intended as normative requirements for the testing of cookstoves. Performance targets can be considered as an ...

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About Us

We are a consortium of researchers, academics, and practitioners seeking to enhance and support the adoption of clean, affordable household energy solutions. Our strategy is to build on past successes while addressing both current and emerging challenges in the household energy sector. We seek to: (1) Increase the adoption and use of clean and efficient cooking and heating devices through increased awareness, capacity and the number of individuals/organizations participating in the sector; (2) Reduce the amount of harmful pollutants released into households and the environment from household energy systems; (3) Expedite the transition to cleaner, more efficient household energy systems (including biogas, electricity, ethanol, LPG, pellets, and solar) in domestic and international settings. In support of these objectives, our consortium is leveraging our related experiences in emissions characterization, exposure assessment, health effects research, climate science, education and capacity building, implementation science, impact assessment, community-based participatory research, and gender dynamics in both the US and abroad. (4) Understand and develop energy solutions through interdisciplinary approaches, inclusive of context specific cultural, economic, and technological barriers and opportunities.

John Volckens
Professor

Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University

Focus Areas:

Capacity Building, Policy Development, Indoor Air Pollution/Exposure/Health Impacts, Knowledge Transfer, Emissions Characterization

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Christian L'Orange
Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University

Focus Areas:

Capacity Building, Policy Development, Indoor Air Pollution/Exposure/Health Impacts, Standards Development, Emissions Characterization

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Rebecca Witinok-Huber
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ASHES Program Coordinator

Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, Colorado State University

Focus Areas:

Environmental Social Science, Gender Equity, Environmental Health, Climate Resilience & Adaptation, Community-Based Participatory Research, Food Security and Agricultural Extension

Michael Johnson
Technical Director

Berkeley Air Monitoring Group

Focus Areas:

Household energy, air pollution, personal exposure, stove performance and standards, testing protocols, capacity building, instrumentation

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Elisa Derby
Consultant

Berkeley Air Monitoring Group

Focus Areas:

Household energy, capacity building, standards development and implementation, technical facilitation

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Learn More About Our Organizations

Volckens Research Group
Colorado State University
Berkeley Air Monitoring Group