StoveTeam International highlighted in Carleton convocation

April 8, 2017

Nancy Hughes, founder and president of the non-profit StoveTeam International, will present the weekly Carleton College convocation address on Friday, April 14 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. In her presentation entitled “Cooking Shouldn’t Kill,” Hughes will outline StoveTeam International’s efforts to help Latin American entrepreneurs establish self-sustaining factories to produce safe, affordable, fuel-efficient cook stoves to replace dangerous open cooking fires. 

Carleton convocations are free and open to the public; they are also recorded and archived for online viewing at

The inspiration for StoveTeam International ( came about while Hughes was volunteering with a medical team in Guatemala. Again and again she saw the results of injuries from women accidentally falling into open cook fires. In addition to incidents of burns, she learned that babies strapped to their mother’s backs were breathing the equivalent of three packs of cigarettes per day.  

The solution was the development of safe fuel-efficient stoves that would save lives. Seven factories in four countries now produce more than 56,00 stoves, improving the lives of more than 425,000 people.  

StoveTeam’s model has been awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Partnership for Clean Indoor Air Award for Developing Local Markets for their innovative approach to creating local employment while improving health and reducing air pollution. Hughes has been awarded Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award (one of only 122 worldwide), recognized as an American Red Cross Everyday Hero, received the prestigious International Purpose Prize, named a CNN Hero, and honored by the White House as a Champion of Change.  

This event is sponsored by the Carleton College Convocations Committee. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4308. The Skinner Memorial Chapel is located at First and College Streets in Northfield.