Solar Household Energy (SHE): Solar Cooking for Human Development, Environmental Relief, Community Vitalization, and Women Entrepreneurship [04.07.19]



  • Guest 1: Sophie M. Brock-Lyman, Executive Director, Solar Household Energy, (SHE), Inc.
  • Guest 2: Margarita Battle, Member, Board of Directors, Solar Household Energy, (SHE) Inc.  
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Program Summary:

The world-wide EmeraldPlanet International Foundation movement is linking millions of professionals and citizens around the globe through a practical community-by-community identification, evaluation, broadcasting, and promotions weekly television program and selected The Emerald Mini-Treks.

EmeraldPlanet International Foundation has continually expanded its outreach and service to all sectors of countries and local communities. It is actively identifying the “best of the best” technologies, services, products, and processes. This is the “high touch” portions of the EmeraldPlanet global movement featuring the “high technologies” through The Emerald Mini-Treks, while creating The Emerald Mall to match those inventing, creating, experimenting with, and manufacturing needed technologies. with those individuals and communities needing such technologies, services, products, and processes for sustainable, resilient, and adaptive living in closer harmony with natural surroundings..

WELCOME to join in this world-wide movement by watching The EmeraldPlanet TV programs, participating in planning for and joining in various The Emerald Mini-Treks, and linking your “best practices” to those in need on The Emerald Mall. MANY BEST WISHES as together we create The EmeraldPlanet…Dr. Sam Hancock

Our featured guests are:

  • Segment ‘1’: Sophie M. Brock-Lyman, Executive Director, Solar Household Energy, (SHE), Inc. (In-Studio)*, Theme: “SHE Promotes Solar Cooking for Environmental Relief and Human Development”
  • Segment ‘2’: Margarita Battle, Member, Board of Directors, Solar Household Energy, (SHE) Inc.; (In-Studio), Theme: “Solar Cooking Social Enterprise in Oaxaca: Sustainably Spreading Solar Cooking in Rural Communities”
  • Segment ‘3’: Sophie M. Brock-Lyman, Executive Director, Solar Household Energy, (SHE), Inc. (In-Studio)* Representing Dr. David Stillman, Executive Director, Public Private Alliance Foundation, (Not available by Skype)*, Theme: “First University-Level Solar Cooking Course in Haiti”
  • Segment ‘4’: Sophie M. Brock-Lyman, Executive Director, Solar Household Energy, (SHE), Inc. (In-Studio), Theme: “Being Part of the Solution: Training; Teaching; Educating; Innovating to Spread Solar Cooking in
    all Socio-Eco-Educational Levels”

Program Overview:
Solar Household Energy (SHE) leverages the power of solar cooking to improve social, economic and environmental conditions in sun-rich areas around the world. Over half the world’s population relies on wood, charcoal ,or other biomass for daily cooking, leading to respiratory diseases, economic hardship, environmental degradation, and carbon emissions. Solar cooking offers a practical, affordable, and sustainable alternative.

Since 1998, Solar Household Energy has worked with non-governmental organizations, entrepreneurs and public sector entities to promote solar cooking with modern solar ovens, including the “HotPot” developed by SHE. We help to introduce the technology in developing countries through making suitable devices available within the context of comprehensive training initiatives, including progress monitoring and project evaluation.
In many countries, women and young children spend hours a day in smoky cook houses. The biomass (wood, animal dung, and crop residue) used as fuel gives off toxic smoke at about seven times [7x] the safe limit set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA). According to the WHO, every twenty seconds a person dies from this condition known as Indoor Air Pollution (IAP). IAP can lead to lung cancer, low birth rate, cataracts, bronchitis, TB, higher infant mortality and asthma as well as pneumonia and other respiratory infections which are the biggest killers of children under five years of age in the developing world.

Smoke inhalation is not the only health risk. Women and children also suffer back and neck injuries from gathering and carrying fuel wood. Children often burn themselves by falling into cooking fires. The injuries and diseases caused by the use of cooking fires can only be relieved by introducing less labor-intensive and cleaner cooking methods. It is not uncommon for young children playing near cooking fires (particularly when the fires are temporarily un-attended by an adult) to step or fall into fires, suffering acute burn injuries.

The Public-Private Alliance Foundation (PPAF), a non-profit organization, promotes the United Nations Global Goals and a business approach for poverty alleviation through projects and seminars involving multi-stakeholder cooperation. PPAF engages in work on clean cookstoves and fuel, agribusiness, public health, microfinance & remittances, renewable energy, and other aspects of sustainable development.

PPAF was established in 2007 as an outgrowth of the UN Public-Private Alliance for Rural Development and the interest of ambassadors to the UN from Madagascar, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. PPAF has worked with dozens of organizations, businesses, and government representatives in these focus countries and in the United Nations and related institutions.

PPAF seeks to turn global policies into practice in its areas of focus. Since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, special attention goes to efforts to overcome the poverty – respiratory disease – deforestation trap of the country’s families’ heavy reliance on charcoal for cooking. PPAF has linkages with the UN Economic & Social Council, the UN Department of Public Information, the UN Global Compact, Solar CITIES Biogas, Solar Cookers International, the Global Gender & Climate Alliance, the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, and the UN Association of the USA.


Thank You Production Crew and Program Team for your commitment, dedication, and goodwill as we continue to expand our “best practices” solutions identification and reporting in our second decade. We would like to acknowledge that equipment and facilities are provided by Fairfax Public Access, Fairfax, Virginia. We thank our many viewers, supporters, and the general public for weekly feedback, ideas, and suggestions as together we create The EmeraldPlanet….Dr. Sam Hancock, Creator & Host, The EmeraldPlanet TV