Water and Toilets for Humans w/o Homes

October 21, 2012
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Water and Toilets for Humans w/o Homes

A guest post on water and sanitation justice by Abby Brown of the Water for the Ages blog. On a recent trip to my hometown, I traveled two hours north to visit a close family member living on the streets. He is chronically homeless, and it deeply saddens me he is unable to accept...

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Handwashing: the DIY vaccine

October 12, 2012
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Handwashing: the DIY vaccine

Preventable illnesses – often termed “waterborne diseases” – kill 2.2 million kids under the age of five each year, more than three kids a minute.  These diseases could be more accurately described as “excretaborne”.  They have everything to do with poop. Poop is rich. Living within each of us in our gastrointestinal tracts are more...

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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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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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