Ecological sanitation is dinner topic

May 22, 2011
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Ecological sanitation is dinner topic

Most of the thirty odd Portlanders who gathered for dinner at a private home in the Laurelhurst neighborhood had had the same experience. When they had suggested ways to make sanitation more sustainable, there were always some friends and family members who simply refused to discuss the matter. Taboos about human excreta run deep....

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Falmouth MA to vote on 2.2m for Sewage Alternatives Research

April 21, 2011
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Mathew Lippincott writes: In what may be a watershed moment for alternatives to centralized, piped sewage, The Selectmen of the town of Falmouth, Massachusetts have voted to put on the town ballot a referendum to limit sewer planning costs to $500,000 and spend the rest of the sewer planning budget investigating alternatives to sewers,...

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Visit to the nation’s 1st wastewater facility producing struvite commercially

April 18, 2011
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Visit to the nation’s 1st wastewater facility producing struvite commercially

On April 13, plant operator Brett Laney led four of us on a long-awaited tour of the Durham Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The facility sits on an attractive campus – a former dairy farm, today bordered by schools and apartment complexes – and even features a new Influent Pump Station with LEED silver certification.  It’s located in...

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We walked for Water (and Sanitation)

March 28, 2011
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We walked for Water (and Sanitation)

Despite the driving rain and the southwind whistling down the Willamette, about 15 PHLUSHers and friends had a great time doing the Walk for Water yesterday.  The annual event organized by Portland Roasting Company to celebrates World Water Day, brings awareness to the pressing need for clean water and adequate sanitation worldwide and raises funds for Portland...

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Walk for Water, Walk with PHLUSH!

March 21, 2011
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Walk for Water, Walk with PHLUSH!

Dear Friends, World Water Day (WWD) is this week. Around the globe, events will be held to bring awareness to the importance of water and sanitation. In Portland, a third annual Walk for Water will be on Sunday, March 27th from 1 pm to 3 pm. We cordially invite you, your family, and your friends...

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Urinals complete Victoria BC streetscape.

March 11, 2011
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Urinals complete Victoria BC streetscape.

Victoria, the genteel provincial capital of British Columbia, has been quite sophisticated in addressing the troublesome issue of public urination.  For the past five years the city has been funding street toilets and appears to have good public support.  There are lessons to be learned. During the early days of PHLUSH, we were interested...

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The Art of Natural Resource Cycles

February 2, 2011
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The Art of Natural Resource Cycles

Update: Works by Cloacina and other artist-scientist teams who exhibited at Arizona P Summit appear on PBS! Editor’s Note: When we heard that Portlanders Molly Danielsson and Mathew Lippincott were being honored with an exhibit of their work in Phoenix, we asked them to tell us about it. We’re dedicated to explaining natural resource cycles and...

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Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge

January 17, 2011
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Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge

That’s the theme for World Water Day 2011.  PHLUSH is responding to the challenge by getting out basic information, both on  the situation globally and in our cities here in the Pacific Northwest.  Look for information on this blog and on developing portions of the website.  We’ll also be communicating directly with the media...

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Ecological Sanitation initiative taking off in 2011.

December 18, 2010
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Ecological Sanitation initiative taking off in 2011.

At its final monthly meeting of 2010, PHLUSH and kindred groups will lay basic plans for a new initiative in ecological sanitation – or ecosan – to be rolled out throughout 2011.   Everyone is invited to attend the gathering at 5:30 pm at Floyd’s Coffee Shop at 118 NW Couch Street, near the...

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Three-year old inaugurates Jamison Square Loo

December 18, 2010
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Three-year old inaugurates Jamison Square Loo

The forth in a walkable chain of Portland Loos was inaugurated under sunny skies this week.  The honors of the First Flush went to three-year old Clark Bradley, standing here with his Mom and City Commissioner Randy Leonard in front of Loo with its colorful door designed by graphic artist Sarah Fine.The Loo stands across...

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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.

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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