USGTC Camps Canceled

We regret to announce the cancellation of USGTC camps for the summer of 2018. The last-minute cancelation is the result of the USGTC's delayed/missing application to South Hadley's Board of Health. Mount Holyoke College recognizes the deep inconvenience this will cause families and participants who were hoping to attend the camp.

Yiting Wang '12

Independent Research - Ugunja, Kenya
Major: Environmental Studies, Concentration: Sustainable Development

This summer I returned to the land of lions, hippos and cook stoves -- Kenya -- to conduct field research for my honor thesis.  I traced a large-scale energy efficient cook stoves project in rural western Kenya under a carbon offsets mechanism, which has recently been co-developed by a youth-focused community-based organization and a Swiss-based foundation. Using a political ecology framework, I seek to understand how carbon finance enables the involvement of local youth organization in the highly politicized issues of stove dissemination.

I spent nine weeks between a small rural town, where the youth organization locates, and the village where the cook stove project pilot phase was implemented. I worked at the organization both as a volunteer and researcher to help the organization identify gaps in rolling out the rather risky and complex carbon offset energy efficient cook stove project. In total, I conducted 6 focus group interviews and 40 individual interviews and used various opportunities for informal meetings and observations. Most of the time, I stayed with a big family in the village (“shamba”) for a semi-off-grid life, the most valuable experience being exchanging cooking techniques and cultural perspectives.