Monthly Archives: August 2014

1 Million Women Initiative in Australia

The organization 1 Million Women aims to get one million women to pledge to take small steps in their daily lives that save energy, reduce waste, cut pollution and lead change. Since its creation in 2009, the organization has become the largest women’s environmental organization in Australia, with nearly 83,000 women having joined the campaign, and members have committed to cut over 100,000 tonnes of carbon pollution.

11 August 2014|

Ecocasa low-carbon housing in Mexico

The Ecocasa Program supports the construction of 27,000 efficient homes that will help reduce emissions of greenhouse gases in Mexico, while improving the quality of life of the low-income families who live in these houses. The program also provides financial incentives and technical assistance to housing developers to achieve higher levels of energy efficiency, and thus contribute to transform the housing sector in line with the country”s objectives on climate change.

11 August 2014|

Share the Road in Sub- Saharan Africa

Share the Road is a UN Environment Programme initiative, developed with the FIA Foundation for the Automobile and Society. It brings together the environment and safety agendas in the context of urban transport in the developing world where the majority, pedestrians and cyclists, are disadvantaged on the road. The overall goal is to catalyse government and donor policies for systematic investments in walking and cycling road infrastructure.

11 August 2014|

Bamboo Bikes Initiative in Ghana

The Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative addresses climate change, poverty, rural-urban migration and youth unemployment by creating jobs for young people, especially women, through the building of high quality bamboo bicycles. Compared to the production of traditional metal bicycles, bamboo bikes require less electricity and no hazardous chemicals.

11 August 2014|

CookUp Solutions launched by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

To reduce CO2 emissions by 25—50 per cent and save millions of lives, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched CookUp Solutions Project that frees up time for school or other income-generating activities.

11 August 2014|

Mothers Lighting Up Homes and Communities in Rural India

Rural mothers who were trained at the Barefoot College in Tilonia in the state of Rajasthan in India install and maintain solar energy panels. The programme is part of the “Rural Women Light up Africa” initiative, a partnership between UN Women and the Barefoot College, in 2011.

8 August 2014|

Change in energy efficiency building policies in Kyrgyzstan

In November 2008, the Government of Kyrgyzstan set a goal to reduce energy consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions in the building sector by between 30 and 40 per cent by 2020. With support from UNDP and financing from the Global Environment Facility, the Government adopted internationally-recognized building energy performance codes, trained building and construction professionals in their implementation, and established a system to monitor energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in the building sector.

8 August 2014|

Solar stations in Cambodia

The two solar stations, funded by the Global Environment Facility Small Grant Program help provide rural households with access to clean energy, contributing to curbing carbon emission, especially from local power generators. As a result of the program, villagers save 500 riel per battery, a significant amount for most people who live on just 3,871 riel (less than US $1) a day

8 August 2014|

Solar-powered ovens in Mauritania

A pilot project from the Association Nazaha for health and the environment set up a solar-powered oven in the village, and things have changed since then. The project, which was funded with about $50,000 from the Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Program and the UN Development Programme, aims to strengthen the capacity of communities, empower women and reduce poverty while ensuring new sustainable and environmentally-friendly technologies are put to use.

8 August 2014|

Pollinate Energy: Clean Energy for India”s Urban Communities

Pollinate Energy trains members of the local community in Bangalore, India, to distribute and install solar lighting systems as micro-entrepreneurs, or what the organization calls “Pollinators.”

7 August 2014|