You have a say: Towards ecological sanitation in Oregon.

September 21, 2012
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You have a say: Towards ecological sanitation in Oregon.

Molly Danielsson and Mathew Lippincott, owners of MDML and  members of the PHLUSH team, are currently touring the State of Oregon, talking to communities and Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) officials about ecological sanitation opportunities and obstacles. Under a grant to Recode from the Bullitt Foundation, the pair has investigated regulatory issues and prepared illustrative case...

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Behind Closed Doors: Mapping Public Restroom Access

August 26, 2012
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Behind Closed Doors: Mapping Public Restroom Access

A guest post on public restroom mapping in Chicago. By Noah Sager a graduate student in Geography at Chicago State University. Whenever people ask me how I came up with the idea for my master’s thesis, I refer them to the seminal work by Taro Gomi “Everybody Poops”. This usually gets a few laughs,...

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Reinvent the Toilet Fair

August 17, 2012
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Reinvent the Toilet Fair

This week, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Reinvent the Toilet Fair brought together innovators seeking to define the next generation of toilet technologies. After receiving grants over a year ago, university teams, small firms, and non-profit groups set to work, meeting a short deadline and compelling criteria: toilets must remove pathogens, recover energy and...

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The Case for Pay Toilets

August 14, 2012
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The Case for Pay Toilets

An opinion piece on pay toilets by Abby Brown of the Water for the Ages blog. A recent trip to Europe made me question the American way of feeling entitled to pee for free. After helping local sanitation group PHLUSH with two great summer events, I traveled out of the country with my partner...

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The Drought: Rethink established practice?

August 2, 2012
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The Drought: Rethink established practice?

August of a long hot summer breaks with news that a full half of US counties – 1,584 in 32 states - are now designated primary disaster areas.   This 2012 drought impacts local, national and international levels: farm communities face economic ruin, struggling America’s families must pay more for  food, and hungry people around...

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Toilets for All!

June 18, 2012
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Toilets for All!

This guest post by Paul Rippey originally appeared June 5 on Savings Revolution, a blog covering savings groups, “the most exciting new approach to bringing safe financial services to people around the world.”   Thank you, Paul! Meet Mr. Toilet from Jessica Yu on Vimeo. I had the honor of spending some time over the last couple...

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Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human, or PHLUSH, is an all-volunteer advocacy group based in Portland's Old Town Chinatown. We collaborate with grassroots organizations, environmental activists, planners, architects, code officials and city managers. We receive support from the Old Town Chinatown Community Association and Neighbors West-Northwest. PHLUSH is a member of the World Toilet Organization and a partner in the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance.

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