Two engineering teams from the University of Utah were recently awarded grants from the EPA to work on sustainability research. One of the teams went to Nepal, with the goal of improving the design of indoor cook stoves to make them more friendly towards human health, the forest, and biodiversity. Three students and one staff member travelled to Kumari, Nepal over their winter break to work with local organizations and villagers to explore new design ideas. You can find more information about the purpose of this trip here.
One of the engineering students, Alexsys Smith, has begun compiling her research and adventures into several blog posts. Read about her trip and research here, and check out the beautiful photographs of the jungle and mountains of Kumari. Alexsys has just updated with information about beginning to build one of the stoves.