Presentation by ESP doctoral candidate at the 10th International Convention on Environment and Development

J. Neil Ransom, PhD candidate and graduate teaching assistant in the ESP department, recently travelled to Havana, Cuba to present at the 10th International Convention on Environment and Development, July 6-10, 2015.

Presentation: “Looking inward for innovative solutions to sustainable development: The role of jua kali artisanal metal workers in developing and distributing fuel-efficient cookstoves in Kenya.”

Abstract: I will discuss the role metal workers in Kenya’s informal economy (jua kali) play in developing and disseminating fuel-efficient cookstoves. My findings suggest development and adaptation programs attempting to distribute appropriate technologies can benefit from partnering with experts in the informal economy though certain obstacles may prevent higher outcomes.

More about the Convention:

The nine previous editions of this convention were attended by more than 7,000 people, approximately 50 % of whom came from more than 60 countries on the five continents of the world.

This year´s Convention will emphatically promote cooperation among countries, exchange of experiences, sustainable practices, and knowledge transfer, in order to cope with the urgent necessity of creating a new concept for development. The new approach will absolutely be based on the principles of solidarity, collaboration and mutual responsibility among people. Likewise, it will provide an opportunity to encourage economic, social and environmentally – sustainable growth and the dignity of human beings in present and future generations. In addition, as there is no unique model for development debates are intended to underline the importance of creating a universal and integral development agenda that is flexible enough to meet the requirements, priorities and particularities of every country and region around the world.

The 10th Convention is organized around several events covering many current environmental content such as: Climate Change, Environmental Education, Protected Areas, Environmental Management, Management of Ecosystems and Biodiversity, Environmental Policy and Law, Sustainability Science, Natural History Museums, Disaster Hazards, Environmental Planning, Land Sustainable Management, Environmental Control and Regulation, Transportation and Environment and the Reduction and Elimination of Ozone Layer Depleting Substances. Like in previous editions, there will be an associated Exhibition Fair dealing with Technologies, Projects and Environmental Experiences.

Important Dates for Students

SPRING 2020 Semester (modified due to COVID-19)

MLK Day (university closed): Jan 20

First day of classes: Jan 21

Spring Break (extended): Mar 9-20

Dissertation/Thesis Deadline: May 8

Last day of classes: May 11

Reading Day(s): May 12

Final Exam Period: May 13-20

University Commencement: May 22 (tentative)

COVID-19 DATE CHANGES – For the complete modified spring calendar, see and for latest COVID-19 updates, see: