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Raj Vable receives Fulbright Award

Raj Vable, a second year ENVS Masters student, was recently awarded a Fulbright to study in India for the 2012-13 academic year.  While there, he will work with the rural Himalayan NGO Avani on the development of their pine needle gasification program. This program harnesses the energy of pine needles to provide electricity and cooking fuel to the region’s homes. Raj will focus on documenting the social impacts that this new cooking fuel will have on local women. He will also be looking into registering Avani in voluntary carbon markets, as their program will avert 60,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually. Raj has made a video about Avani and the reasons for the pine needle gasification work, which he encourages you to view here.

Raj has won several other prestigious awards in his time at the University of Oregon, including the 2011 UO Public Impact Fellowship, the 2011 Risa Palms Graduate Fellowship and the 2010 Promising Scholar Award.