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George Basch, Founder of Himalayan Stove Project, Wins eTown eChievement Award; Tune-in Jan. 25-31, 2017

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Interview and Award Presentation Will be Broadcast to

One Million Listeners Worldwide on January 25 through January 31, 2017

TAOS, NM (Jan.xx, 2017) – George Basch, founder of the Himalayan Stove Project, which distributes clean-burning, fuel-efficient cook stoves to the mountainous communities of Nepal, has been honored with an eChievement Award from eTown, one of the most successful and widely distributed radio shows in the U.S., carried on 300 stations every week and podcast worldwide.

eTown’s presentation of the award will be broadcast on eTown Radio Show Broadcast # 1704 to an estimated one million listeners on Jan. 25 to 31, 2017. Check local listings or for radio stations that carry the broadcast. It will also be available on the eTown podcast, website or iTunes App Store.

Basch, who was interviewed by eTown host/co-founder Nick Forster, is featured in the broadcast along with musical guests Indie-folk outfit Blind Pilot and Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Mirah. The show was previously recorded in September 2016 on eTown’s solar-powered stage in Boulder, Colo.

One of the show’s most popular segments is the eChievement Award. Listeners from around the country send in nominations of remarkable individuals who are working hard to make a positive difference in their communities and beyond.

eTown takes pride in celebrating the success stories of ordinary citizens accomplishing extraordinary things, according to Helen Forster, co-host and executive producer, who adds, “What impressed us most about George is his passion for helping people in need. Since 2010, HSP has shipped almost 4,000 clean-burning stoves to deserving families in Nepal, positively impacting the health, and quality of life, of tens of thousands of people while improving air quality and helping the environment. 

“Since almost half the world’s population continues to cook with dangerous open fires, a method little changed since the Stone Age, there’s a tremendous need; and we’re very happy to be able to showcase this important work on eTown,” Forster said.

eTown, established in 1991, is a nonprofit, nationally syndicated radio broadcast, multimedia and events production company whose mission is to educate, entertain and inspire a diverse audience through music and conversation in order to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable world. For more information, visit

The HSP donates and transforms the lives of individuals and families who now cook with traditional, rudimentary stoves or over open fire pits inside their homes, consuming excessive amounts of precious fuel and polluting the indoor air to dangerously unhealthy levels.

Donations for cookstoves are accepted at The HSP’s new CarbonKarma™ program allows donors to purchase carbon credits to benefit both the environment and future stove recipients. Carbon credits can be purchased at

The Himalayan Stove Project is based at 1335 Paseo del Pueblo Sur #305

Taos NM 87571, 505 363 8863,, guru@CarbonKarma.Guru

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Media contact:

Jeff Blumenfeld

Blumenfeld and Assoc. PR

203 326 1200, 1-19-17


eTown host/co-founder Nick Forster (far left) and eTown co-host, co-founder and executive producer Helen Forster (far right) award HSP founder George Basch (second from left) an eChievement Award from eTown. Participating in the ceremony was famed climber Erik Weihenmayer, co-author of the new book, No Barriers (Thomas Dunne Books, 2017)