World Water Week 2017: Live Blog

August 26, 2017
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World Water Week 2017: Live Blog

Welcome to the PHLUSH live blog of World Water Week 2017. PHLUSH Program Manager Carol McCreary is live blogging (using Twitter) the event in Stockholm, Sweden from August 27th to September 1st. The event program is here. The exhibitors are here. If you want her to discuss a specific topic, please leave a comment...

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When someone needs a toilet but doesn’t have a home: building support for public toilets

July 15, 2017
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Photo Courtesy: Think Dignity

This guest post is by PHLUSH board member Kyle Earlywine. He also runs his own toilet business and blog. He is a passionate advocate for dignified sanitation for those living without homes. Why do homeless people need toilets? For most people, access to a toilet is a given. Even if your community lacks restroom...

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How do you engage government officials on toilets?

May 11, 2017
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How do you engage government officials on toilets?

Access to water and sanitation are human rights!  But saying this is not enough to get a commitment from governments. We need to engage and persuade public officials who are likely to have limited funding and competing priorities. We need to understand their priorities and motivations if we are to influence governments at the...

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Reflections from the PHLUSH Board President

April 8, 2017
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Reflections from the PHLUSH Board President

The other day in a rest stop there was a classic motivational poster with the word S.E.R.V.I.C.E. No doubt this was aimed to demonstrate their commitment to keeping things tidy, but for me it resonated with my current service on the PHLUSH Board of Directors. The affirmation-like description below the bolded lettering was poignant....

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PHLUSH looks towards the future as nationally recognized nonprofit

March 4, 2017
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PHLUSH looks towards the future as nationally recognized nonprofit

It’s official. PHLUSH has earned recognition as a nonprofit by the IRS. We are thrilled to announce that our growing organization is moving forward as a 501(c)3. PHLUSH started out as a small community group responding to a lack of toilets in downtown Portland. We drafted design principles that influenced the construction of the...

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Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human (PHLUSH) was founded in Portland, Oregon and today collaborates with groups across North America.

PHLUSH is a member of the World Toilet Organization and a partner in the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance.

Our Mission Through education and advocacy, PHLUSH helps local governments and citizen groups to provide equitable public restroom availability and to prepare for a pipe-breaking seismic event with appropriate ecological toilet systems.

Our Vision Toilet availability is a human right and well-designed sanitation systems restore health to our cities, our waters and our soils.

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