Research Grants/Fellowships/SBIR

Kitchen 2.0: Design Guidance for Healthier Cooking Environments

EPA Grant Number: SU835315
Title: Kitchen 2.0: Design Guidance for Healthier Cooking Environments
Investigators: Paterson, Kurtis G. , Maggio, Jarod , Waring, Katherine , Whelan, Kelli , Wohlgemuth, Alex
Institution: Michigan Technological University
EPA Project Officer: Lank, Gregory
Project Period: August 15, 2012 through August 14, 2013
Project Amount: $14,950
RFA: P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (2012) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , P3 Challenge Area - Built Environment , P3 Challenge Area - Cook Stoves , P3 Awards , Sustainability



The objective of the proposed student design project is to address challenges related to poor indoor air quality that result in the death of nearly two million people every year.


The strategy of this proposed project is to improve indoor air quality through simple design changes in the cooking environment. This project will investigate such solutions through a cost-effective approach that incorporates field and laboratory observations, computer simulations, and participatory design.

Expected Results:

The expected outcomes of the project are a modeling design package, physical and computational, for assessing the impacts of cooking, stove use, and ventilation design on emission exposure, thus providing a platform for participatory design incorporated into sustainable development interventions. A design guidance manual will be crafted from the work herein for widespread dissemination.

Supplemental Keywords:

built environment, cookstoves, indoor air quality, ventilation, physical modeling, computational simulations, human-centered design