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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Japanese History and the Oregon Megaquake of 1700

April 27, 2012
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Japanese History and the Oregon Megaquake of 1700

A mere quarter century ago, scientists doubted there was any earthquake risk posed by the Cascadia Subduction Zone, the meeting place of two tectonic plates 50 to 75 miles off the Oregon coast.  In a few short years, however, Oregonians have become aware that a devastating megaquake is likely to occur in our lifetimes...

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Meet Poonam Sharma, PHLUSH Volunteer

April 10, 2012
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Meet Poonam Sharma, PHLUSH Volunteer

As an exclusively volunteer run organization, PHLUSH relies solely on the help of dedicated volunteers to conduct outreach, plan activities, and manage online communications. Volunteers are the backbone of the organization, and we want to acknowledge the efforts of friend and committed PHLUSH volunteer – Poonam Sharma. “As someone who has lived all over...

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Sanitation Solutions Emerge after Haitian Earthquake

March 25, 2012
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Sanitation Solutions Emerge after Haitian Earthquake

Monika Roy with SOIL writes: Bonswa from Haiti. Monika here, working down in the Caribbean with SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods). SOIL is a U.S. NGO focused on EcoSan systems, incorporating hygiene education and developing sustainable business models through humanure compost sales. We started up north in Cap Haitien in 2006 building public EcoSan...

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Sobering realities for World Water Day

March 22, 2012
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Sobering realities for World Water Day

World Water Day is celebrated worldwide today, March 22 and here in Portland on Saturday.  As advocates of sustainable sanitation we have trouble with the custom of using our drinking water to transport our human excreta, household graywater, industrial chemicals, and storm water runoff to the wastewater treatment plant.  Portland’s Bull Run water is...

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Free Emergency Preparedness Expo 2012 March 16 and 17.

March 14, 2012
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After taking the PHLUSH emergency sanitation exhibit to Sunnysde Disaster Diner, we’re heading to the Emergency Preparedness Expo 2012 this Friday and Saturday. This large event features 35 displays and workshops with 50 speakers. It will take place at 12300 SE 312 Avenue in Boring from 1 to 7pm on Friday, March 16 and from...

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How about Walking for Water on March 24?

March 9, 2012
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How about Walking for Water on March 24?

Portlanders will join folks from around the globe on Saturday, March 24 to commemorate World Water Day with a convivial morning of exercise on the waterfront and learning activities at OMSI. Portland’s Fourth Annual Walk for Water  features a non-competitive 5k fun run as well as the simulation of a typical water-gathering experience for...

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Emergency toilets on agenda at Sunnyside Disaster Dinner

March 5, 2012
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Emergency toilets on agenda at Sunnyside Disaster Dinner

Sunnyside Environmental School plays host to the First Annual Sunnyside Disaster Dinner on Saturday, Mach 10.  This neighborhood event to promote community emergency preparedness takes place at the school at 3421 SE Salmon St. From 3 to 4:30pm the public is invited to visit free Information Booths and Activities. Jeff Holiman and the PHLUSH team...

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Time for Portland Parks to take toilets seriously

January 27, 2012
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The cost-cutting recommendations of Portland Parks and Recreation’s Budget Advisory Committee call for 189 toilet closures    The proposal is for Parks to replace half the number of closed stalls with plastic portables while laying off the Parks Technicians who understand the social environment and perform many other duties besides cleaning restrooms and hauling away trash. (UPDATE: PP&R’s...

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Celebrate First Flush of Portland Loo #5 at 1 pm Jan 31st

January 26, 2012
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Celebrate First Flush of Portland Loo #5 at 1 pm Jan 31st

Isn’t it weirdly cool that we live in a city that celebrates the first flush of every new Portland Loo?  Actually, these repeated inaugurals tell us something.  A product has met a need.  The city has provided a service citizens think is important. People are using the Loo and talking about it.  The co-location...

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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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