Please take the Portland Public Toilets and Transportation Survey

June 5, 2013
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Please take the Portland Public Toilets and Transportation Survey

Portland State University student Kate Washington has chosen to partner with PHLUSH in carrying out research on the relationship between public restrooms and public transit, specifically whether public toilet availability encourages ridership. To this end she has launched the Portland State University 2013 Public Toilets and Transportation Survey.   Portlanders are urged to spend...

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New PHLUSH exhibit premiers at National VOAD Conference

May 15, 2013
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New PHLUSH exhibit premiers at National VOAD Conference

This week the Portland Hilton is buzzing with the energy of hundreds of impassioned volunteers and salaried colleagues who manage the nation’s most important disaster response agencies. It’s the annual conference of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster a coalition of hundreds of organizations – faith-based, community-based, and other non-governmental organizations – and 55...

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Join the Twin Bucket Brigade!

April 16, 2013
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Join the Twin Bucket Brigade!

Nothing says community like a bucket brigade. Chains of neighbors passing buckets have put out fires and saved their towns. Buckets of rubble passed hand-to-hand have enabled rescuers to reach survivors of earthquakes and landslides. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we have an earthquake in our future. Experts say water and sewer services will be...

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Shorts: News from the public toilet front

April 1, 2013
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Shorts: News from the public toilet front

Public restrooms have always been on the leading edge of the fight for human rights.  Never has this been more true than now for transgender folks. But as Campus Progress notes with dismay, hateful discrimination against them may soon be protected under Arizona Law. State Representative John Kavanaugh‘s most recent bill is on its way...

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“Last Call at the Oasis” to screen March 22 World Water Day

March 10, 2013
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“Last Call at the Oasis” to screen March 22 World Water Day

Every year on World Water Day, PHLUSH joins local groups to highlight global water issues that impact sanitation and hygiene.  This year’s celebration is a special screening of  Last Call at the Oasis at the Clinton Street Theater on March 22 at 8pm.  Look for us along with Green Empowerment, El Porvenir and our waterless Twin Bucket Emergency...

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The Hovering Cycle

February 23, 2013
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The Hovering Cycle

A guest post on toilet cleanliness and toilet use by Thomas Levine from thomaslevine.com. Sitting Toilets Western sitting-style toilets are presumably intended to be used in a seated position, (McClelland & Ward, 1982) except when used by males for exclusively urination. A sign on a bathroom in my college dorm illustrates this expectation. But...

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Abby Brown will represent PHLUSH at World Toilet Summit in South Africa.

November 20, 2012
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Abby Brown will represent PHLUSH at World Toilet Summit in South Africa.

At the end of the month Abby Brown is on her way to Durban, South Africa to represent PHLUSH at the 12th annual World Toilet Summit. Chosen by fellow PHLUSH volunteers to take advantage of a grant awarded by the World Toilet Organization, Abby will present to a plenary session on December 6th speaking about toilet...

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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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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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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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