Bill in Oregon Senate on access to toilets

March 24, 2009
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A bill introduced this month the Oregon Senate would ensure restroom access in commercial establishments to a select group of  people.   Senate Bill 706  would require that places of public accommodation allow customer access to employee toilet facilities if customer has certain medical conditions. It specifies exceptions and punishes violation of requirement by maximum fine...

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PHLUSH Awards Celebration on March 24th!

March 22, 2009
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Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human (PHLUSH) will announce the PHLUSH Public Restroom Awards at a celebration on March 24.   The awards honor those whose efforts have increased public restroom availability in Portland.   The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at Orchid Salon,  203 NW Second Ave.  Everyone is...

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Hillary Clinton visits public toilets at Mercy Corps site in Indonesia

February 21, 2009
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Hillary Clinton visits public toilets at Mercy Corps site in Indonesia

On Thursday US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited a public toilet complex in the Petojo residential area in central Jakarta near where Obama lived as a boy.  The best part of this is that Portland-based Mercy Corps is a part of this USAID-funded project. It’s great to see USAID finally using our tax...

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Urban Restroom Design

February 20, 2009
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Urban Restroom Design

This an appeal to urban planners to pay more attention to ways public restrooms enhance urban livability and to architects and engineers to rethink toilet design. Toilet availability plays a key role in urban livability. Planning for restrooms in public areas has not, however, received the attention it deserves and has resulted in a...

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Meeting at Floyd’s Coffee Shop

February 17, 2009
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Meeting at Floyd’s Coffee Shop

Here we are all learning to blog!

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Toilet Facility Types

February 13, 2009
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Toilet Facility Types

Choosing what’s best for your location. The choice of facility depends on a number of factors: existing infrastructure, available management options, maintenance budgets, even overall population size. Automatic Public Toilets (APTs) Automatic Public Toilets (APTs) are a usual part of the streetscape in many of the world larger cities. In 2001, it was reported...

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Art and Toilets

January 27, 2009
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Art and Toilets

Artists can engage people in the discussion about toilets and in designing them. Artists have played a major role in bringing attention to issues people are reluctant to speak about. For example, collaboration with artists, musicians, writers, designers, social entrepreneurs and members of the “creative class” have enabled PHLUSH to engage the public both...

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Restroom Design Resources

January 26, 2009
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Resources on Restroom Design and Management We’re tracking the latest print and online resources on public restroom design and would like to hear your suggestions. Books Recently a number of architectural and social works on toilet design have appeared. Many refer more to privately-owned facilities in public places rather than publicly-owned facilities in public...

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Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)

January 26, 2009
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Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) CPTED is a common sense approach to crime prevention that uses three main strategies. This interdisciplinary discipline helps predict behavior in the interest of preventing crime has generated a rich body of literature. Unfortunately, very little applies to restroom planning and construction so we ‘re trying to fill...

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Public Restroom Management Options

January 19, 2009
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This brief introduction to restroom financing, operations, management and maintenance is illustrated with experiences of various US cities. PHLUSH welcomes case studies, information and comments. Please comment on line or by email. Options for public restroom financing. With increased economic stresses on America’s households and small businesses, it is even more important that toilets...

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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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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.

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