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Winrock International announced it has awarded Dorene Petersen, President and Founder of the American College of Healthcare Sciences, with the President's Volunteer Service Award, a national honor offered in recognition of volunteer service Established in 2003, the Award is available on an annual basis to individuals, groups, and families who have met or exceeded requirements for volunteer service and have demonstrated exemplary citizenship through volunteering. As one of thousands of Certifying Organizations participating in the Award, Winrock International confers the award to recognize the outstanding achievements of its volunteers. Winrock has a long history of international volunteer service, and more than 200 volunteers have been known to perform volunteer service each year on behalf of the organization. In 2016, Petersen contributed 27 days of volunteer service on international assignment for Winrock’s U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Farmer-to-Farmer Program in Terai, the southern lowland area of Nepal. Petersen demonstrates how local citizens can truly make a difference in today’s world. While overseas, she worked with the Forest Environment Workers Union Nepal (FEWUN) to train farmers and forest workers — many of them women — in efficient and improved methods of essential oil processing, as well as how to assess and improve essential oil quality by focusing on organic, sustainable practices and how to strategically market essential oils in the international market. Petersen also focused on the FEWUN mission to educate about, and provide support for workers’ rights through the much-needed creation of jobs that emphasize the sustainable conservation of the local forests and Nepalese natural resources. To achieve this, Petersen helped identify forward-looking work opportunities for women and youth (Nepalese millennials) in the organic, natural, personal care market. “I was humbled by my experience in Nepal,” Petersen says. “My students’ dedication was very impressive. Many had traveled quite a distance to participate, and they showed up with questions, insights, and a daily lesson for me about the rich culture and history of the region. All of the people I worked with conducted themselves with such kindness; I’ve made lifelong friends and will make every effort to return to Nepal, as a volunteer or on my own, to continue our work together.” Volunteers like Petersen find Winrock assignments to be personally and professionally rewarding. Helping people help themselves is a contribution that makes sense. DeAnn McGrew, Director of Agriculture and Volunteer Programs at Winrock, explains, “Volunteerism is a core American value. It connects us to our neighbors, whether they are local or global, and gives us an opportunity to use our skills for a greater good. As a Certifying Organization for the Award program, Winrock International is proud to be aligned with this prestigious volunteer award, and we are especially proud of our volunteers who have made volunteer service a central part of their lives.” The Award is issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, a group created by President Bush to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making to our Nation. The Council comprises leaders in government, media, entertainment, business, education, nonprofits and volunteer service organizations, and community volunteering. For more information about this press release or to schedule an interview with Dorene Petersen, contact Lauren Shapiro at publicrelations@achs.edu. For more information about volunteering for Winrock International, please visit their website www.winrock.org/volunteer. To learn more about how to qualify for the President’s Volunteer Service Award and additional volunteer opportunities in this area, visit http://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov Founded in 1978, ACHS.edu is an accredited College offering online, on-campus, and study abroad integrative health education. With undergraduate and graduate degrees, diplomas, certificates, and on-demand CEU courses, ACHS makes holistic health and wellness education accessible to a diverse community of learners, including healthcare professionals, military students, stay-at-home parents, and lifelong learners. Specializations include aromatherapy, herbal medicine, holistic nutrition, and wellness. A Certified B Corporation® and 2016 Top Green Workplace, ACHS is also accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Visit www.achs.edu.


One of four new forestry and plant science titles, "Forest Management and Planning Second Edition" incorporates the latest research and forest certification standards CAMBRIDGE, MA--(Marketwired - May 04, 2017) - Elsevier, the information analytics company specializing in science and health, today announced the publication of Forest Management and Planning, Second Edition by Pete Bettinger, Kevin Boston, Jacek P. Siry and Donald L. Grebner. The book addresses contemporary forest management planning issues, providing a concise, focused resource for forest management students, researchers and new professionals. Elsevier also announced the publication of three additional plant science books. The new edition of Forest Management and Planning contains chapters that concentrate on quantitative subjects, such as economics and linear programming, as well as qualitative chapters that provide discussions of important aspects of natural resource management, such as sustainability. Incorporating the latest research and forest certification standards, the book includes a case study of a closed canopy, uneven-aged forest, new forest plans from South America and Oceania, and a new chapter on scenario planning and climate change adaptation. It presents updated, real-life examples that are illustrated both mathematically and graphically. Learn more about forest and natural resource sustainability in this sample chapter. Dr. Bettinger is a professor of forestry at the University of Georgia's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. He teaches forest planning, forest measurements, and aerial photogrammetry, and conducts research in applied forest management with particular emphasis on harvest scheduling, precision forestry, and geospatial technologies. Dr. Bettinger has worked with the forest industry in the southern and western United States, and maintains this connection to forestry professionals through his leadership in the Southern Forestry and Natural Resource Management GIS Conference. He is a co-author of two other books published by Elsevier's Academic Press, Introduction to Forestry and Natural Resources, and Forest Plans of North America. Dr. Boston an associate professor at Oregon State University. He has held academic and professional positions in both New Zealand and United States. Dr. Boston is a registered professional forester in California and licensed logging engineer in Oregon. His research areas are in forest planning, forest transportation, and forest policy. Dr. Siry is a professor of forest economics at the University of Georgia's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, He teaches forest economics, economics of renewable resources, and international forest business, and conducts research in applied forest economics with emphasis on timber markets, investments and finance, and forest management. Dr. Siry is also co-author of Elsevier's Introduction to Forestry and Natural Resources, and Forest Plans of North America. Dr. Grebner is a professor in the Department of Forestry, Mississippi State University. His areas of research specialization include forest management and economics, bioenergy, carbon sequestration, and forest protection. Dr. Grebner teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, both traditional and distance, in forest resource management, advanced forest management, and international forest resources and trade. Prior to joining Mississippi State, he worked as an extension forester with the U.S. Peace Corps in Costa Rica and was a research analyst for Winrock International. Dr. Grebner co-authored Introduction to Forestry and Natural Resources, and Forest Plans of North America. The four new forestry and plant science titles are: In order to meet content needs in the botanical sciences, Elsevier uses proprietary tools to identify the gaps in coverage of the topics. Editorial teams strategically fill those gaps with content written by key influencers in the field, giving students, faculty and researchers the content they need to answer challenging questions and improve outcomes. These new books, which will educate the next generation of botanical scientists, and provide critical foundational content for information professionals, are key examples of how Elsevier is enabling science to drive innovation. Note for Editors Only credentialed media can request eBook review copies by email, sciencereviewcopies@elsevier.com About Elsevier Elsevier is a global information analytics company that helps institutions and professionals progress science, advance healthcare and improve performance for the benefit of humanity. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, more than 35,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professionals and business customers across industries. www.elsevier.com


​Winrock International Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer Dorene Petersen is traveling to Nepal for a three-week assignment in the Kathmandu, Sarlahi, and Bardiya districts November 2016 to train union members on essential oil distillation, strategic marketing, and high-quality production skills. Petersen, a well-known aromatherapy essential oil expert and speaker, is president and founder of the American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) and Chair of the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC). She will be accompanied by her husband, Robert Seidel, president and founder of The Essential Oil Company. Petersen will work with the Forest Environment Worker’s Union Nepal (FEWUN), which has more than 10,000 members, including approximately 4,000 youth who work with medicinal herbs, aromatic oils, and plumbing, among other tasks. Greater development of the aromatic essential oil production could make a significant contribution to poverty reduction efforts by providing the youth with skilled job opportunities. Petersen will tour essential oil facilities and work hands-on with FEWUN members to assess current propagation methods and processing techniques. She will also train youth and association members to promote the essential oil processing business and will conduct marketing trainings to strengthen the development of youth entrepreneurship. “I feel incredibly fortunate to have been selected for this volunteer opportunity,” says Dorene Petersen. “Small business and sustainability are two of my passions, and I’m really hopeful I will be able to help the FEWUN identify and start to develop a business strategy that provides much-needed income while also protecting the health and wellbeing of the environment. I can’t wait to get there and meet these wonderful people!” Follow Petersen’s volunteer trip on ACHS social media, including Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/ACHSedu] and Twitter [https://twitter.com/achsedu]. For questions about this press release or to schedule an interview with Dorene Petersen, email publicrelations@achs.edu. Founded in 1978, ACHS.edu is an accredited global educator in online integrative health education. With undergraduate and graduate degrees, diplomas, certificates, and CEUs in integrative medicine, ACHS makes holistic health and wellness education accessible to a diverse community of learners, including healthcare professionals, military students, stay-at-home parents, and lifelong learners. Specializations include aromatherapy, herbal medicine, holistic nutrition, and wellness. A Certified B Corporation and 2016 Top Green Workplace, ACHS is also accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Visit www.achs.edu. Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to increase economic opportunity, sustain natural resources, and protect the environment. Winrock’s John Ogonowski and Doug Berueter Farmer-to-Farmer Program fields approximately 200 volunteers each year to assist farmers, agribusinesses, and local organizations worldwide. Under this program, skilled U.S. volunteers provide expertise in a wide variety of areas, including agricultural sciences, farming, agribusiness, enterprise development, marketing, food processing, food safety, and organizational development. Winrock implements Farmer-to-Farmer activities in several countries across Africa and Asia. Program funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the Food for Peace program under the US Farm Bill, covers volunteer travel expenses and makes the program possible. Volunteers find these assignments to be personally and professionally rewarding. Helping people help themselves is a contribution that makes sense. For more information about Winrock International's Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer program and opportunities, visit https://www.winrock.org/join-us/volunteer/.


Foster R.,Winrock International | Foster R.,New Mexico State University | Cota A.,Winrock International
Energy Procedia | Year: 2014

Solar power is a natural and symbiotic choice for water pumping. It is one of the most economically attractive solar energy applications with direct drive PV systems often providing decades of reliable service. There is a good match between seasonal solar resource and seasonal water needs. Photovoltaic water pumping (PVWP) systems can meet a wide range of needs and are relatively simple, reliable, cost competitive, and low maintenance. A typical system configuration includes a PV array, pump, controller, inverter (for ac), and overcurrent protection. Until recently PVWP was competitive for only relatively small pumping loads. Over the past decade, the competitiveness of PVWP has increased dramatically, significantly expanding the range of pumping loads/requirements where PVWP is competitive. There have been dramatic price reductions in PV modules over the past decade, by over 80%, while prices for competing gasoline or diesel fuel have risen by over 250%. PVWP is most cost-effective for steady pumping needs such as community water supply or livestock watering-both year-round pumping requirements in most cases, and for irrigation water pumping when irrigation takes place much of the year. New technological innovations in controller technology has expanded PVWP range by an order of magnitude to ~25 kW, with 100 kW expected in the near future. Similarly, more efficient helical rotor water pumps have been developed that are reliable and simple to operate. © 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.


Sonwa D.J.,Center for International Forestry Research | Walker S.,Winrock International | Nasi R.,CIFOR | Kanninen M.,CIFOR
Sustainability Science | Year: 2011

In Central Africa, important carbon stocks are stored in natural forest stands, while activities that modify the carbon storage occur in the forest landscape. Besides clean development mechanisms, the reduction of emission through deforestation and degradation (REDD) initiative is viewed as one way to mitigate climate change. Important forest habitat protection activities have already been implemented with the aim of conserving the biodiversity of the region in a sustainable manner. The main causes of land use changes in the region are small holder subsistence practices and logging activities. Agricultural production has low productivity levels and therefore investments in improved agricultural techniques can both reduce pressure on existing forests and perhaps allow for the reforestation of existing degraded lands. The logging industry is dominated by large, industrial scale, logging operations performing selective logging of specific species and large trees. The adoption of improved forest management practices can reduce the impact of such logging on the ecological integrity and carbon stocks. Some efforts to engage in the carbon market have begun in the region. Further research is needed into the types of projects that will most likely become successful in the region and what locations will offer the greatest benefits. © 2010 Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science, United Nations University, and Springer.


Pearson T.R.H.,Winrock International | Brown S.,Winrock International | Casarim F.M.,Winrock International
Environmental Research Letters | Year: 2014

The focus of land-use related efforts in developing countries to reduce carbon emissions has been on slowing deforestation, yet international agreements are to reduce emissions from both deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). The second 'D' is poorly understood and accounted for a number of technical and policy reasons. Here we introduce a complete accounting method for estimating emission factors from selective timber harvesting, a substantial form of forest degradation in many tropical developing countries. The method accounts separately for emissions from the extracted log, from incidental damage to the surrounding forest, and from logging infrastructure, and emissions are expressed as units of carbon per cubic meter of timber extracted to allow for simple application to timber harvesting statistics. We applied the method in six tropical countries (Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Guyana, Indonesia, and Republic of Congo), resulting in total emission factors of 0.99-2.33 Mg C m-3. In all cases, emissions were dominated by damage to surrounding vegetation and the infrastructure rather than the logs themselves, and total emissions represented about 3-15% of the biomass carbon stocks of the associated unlogged forests. We then combined the emission factors with country level logging statistics for nine key timber producing countries represented by our study areas to gain an understanding of the order of magnitude of emissions from degradation compared to those recently reported for deforestation in the same countries. For the nine countries included, emissions from logging were on average equivalent to about 12% of those from deforestation. For those nine countries with relatively low emissions from deforestation, emissions from logging were equivalent to half or more of those from deforestation, whereas for those countries with the highest emissions from deforestation, emissions from logging were equivalent to <10% of those from deforestation. Understanding how to account emissions and the magnitude of each emissions source resulting from tropical timber harvesting practices helps identify where there are opportunities to reduce emissions from the second 'D' in REDD. © 2014 IOP Publishing Ltd.


Winsten J.R.,Winrock International | Kerchner C.D.,University of Vermont | Richardson A.,University of Vermont | Lichau A.,University of Vermont | Hyman J.M.,University of Vermont
Journal of Dairy Science | Year: 2010

This paper provides a summary of results from a recent survey of 987 dairy farmers in 4 northeastern US states. The survey results provide descriptive characteristics of the current state of dairy farming in the region, as well as farmer satisfaction levels, concerns, and plans for the future of their farming operations. The paper analyses characteristics of two increasingly important dairy production systems used in the Northeast. Averages from across the survey states (Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, and Vermont) show that approximately 13% of dairy producers use management-intensive or rotational grazing and 7% use large, modern confinement systems with more than 300 cows. These more specialized production systems show many significant differences in farm and farmer characteristics, satisfaction levels, and plans for the future compared with farms using more traditional production systems. The changing structure of the dairy industry has potentially important implications for environmental quality, rural communities, and the food system. © 2010 American Dairy Science Association.


Rosenbaum J.,FHI360 | Derby E.,Winrock International | Dutta K.,Winrock International
Journal of Health Communication | Year: 2015

The USAID/WASHplus project conducted a comprehensive assessment to understand consumer needs and preferences as they relate to increasing the uptake and consistent, exclusive, and correct use of improved cookstoves (ICSs) in Bangladesh. The assessment included household ICS trials, fuel and stove use monitoring, and consumers perceived value of and willingness to pay for ICSs. Results showed that cooks appreciated and liked the ICS, but that no models met consumer needs sufficiently to replace traditional stoves. Initially, many preferred ICSs over traditional stoves, but this preference decreased over the 3-week trial period. Complaints and suggestions for improvement fell into two general categories: those that can be addressed through fairly simple modifications to the stove design, and those more appropriately addressed through point-of-purchase consumer education and follow-up from service agents or health outreach workers. Most households using the ICS realized fuel use reductions, although these were lower than expected, partly because of continued parallel traditional stove use. When given the option to purchase the stoves at market value, only one of 105 households did so; however, a separate assessment showed that 80% of participants (12 of 15 households) preferred to keep the stove rather than receive a cash buyout at market value. This indicates that users value the ICS when acquisition barriers are removed and highlights the need for better financing options. Copyright © 2015 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.


Chalmers J.,Winrock International | Archer G.,Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership
Energy Policy | Year: 2011

In 2008, the UK launched the first regulatory sustainability reporting scheme for biofuels. The development of the scheme, managed by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership for the Department for Transport, involved extensive stakeholder engagement. The scheme has significantly increased understanding by policy-makers, the biofuels industry and its supply chains on how to monitor and manage the sustainability risks of biofuels and increase their greenhouse-gas benefits. It is providing a practical model for similar developments globally. To receive certificates in order to meet volume obligations under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO), suppliers must provide a monthly carbon and sustainability report on individual batches of renewable fuels they supply into the UK. The Renewable Fuels Agency produces aggregate monthly reports of overall performance and quarterly updates of individual supplier performance. This scheme is an important first step to assist the biofuels industry to demonstrate its environmental credentials and justify the subsidies received. The paper provides a case study of the development of the scheme, its initial outcomes and outstanding challenges. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.


Sharma M.,Winrock International
ACM International Conference Proceeding Series | Year: 2012

The Government of Nepal's electronic-governance initiatives remain beyond the access of the majority of Nepal's population. Many are not even aware that such services exist. This is because due to Nepal's difficult terrain, two vital vehicles for e-governance services -access to energy/the national electricity grid and internet penetration - are both negligible. Rural populations stand to benefit the most from e-governance services, yet they continue to be overlooked by government and non-government information and communications (ICT)-based development activities largely on grounds of lack of access to energy sources. A recently completed ICT project funded by Intel Corporation and implemented by Winrock International challenged this bottleneck to efficient rollout of e-governance services, and has demonstrated a successful shift in the national rural ICT paradigm. This paper communicates the experience of a pioneering community-based activity to extend electronic services, including e-governance, in remote un-electrified communities in Nepal. This public-private partnership between rural communities, local and national governments, and a non-government organization harnessed energy generated from small solar photovoltaic and micro-hydro systems to operate power-efficient ICT and e-services. The ICT infrastructure is housed in local government schools, and has enabled rural communities to access multifaceted e-services beyond the electricity grid network. Copyright 2012 ACM.

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