The 2015 National Energy Globe Afghanistan Award, the world’s most important environmental prize, recognizes outstanding performance in terms of energy efficiency, renewable energy and resource conservation. This year’s competition attracted more than 1,500 entries from 177 countries.
TIE’s solar cookers provide many benefits to Afghans, including clean energy from Afghanistan’s abundant sunshine without the cost of expensive fuels. The solar cookers also prevent the devastating effects of smoke inhalation, which annually kills more than 4 million people across the globe. In the U.S., TIE’s solar cookers have diverted 50,000 Mylar bags from landfills to serve a useful purpose.
The National Energy Globe Award also recognizes Trust in Education for Howell’s innovative manufacturing technique for making WAPIs (Water Pasteurization Indicator), an elegantly simple device that helps Afghans determine when liquids have reached a temperature safe enough to drink. About half the drinking water in Afghanistan is contaminated. TIE has distributed more than 6,000 WAPIs with solar cookers and trained Afghans how to use them.