2005

Formed as an informal work group to study public restroom options for Old Town Chinatown.

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2006

PHLUSH presented Public Restrooms for Old Town Chinatown: A Report to the Community for adoption by the Old Town Chinatown Neighborhood Association and other local groups. Advises Relief Works, a graduate team at Portland State University School of Urban Studies, on publication of Going Public: Strategies for Meeting Public Restroom Need in Portland’s Central City.…

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2007

Three PHLUSH volunteers are appointed by Portland Mayor Tom Potter to the Restroom Implementation Team which opened seven new toilets in downtown Portland and put contemporary signage on historic comfort stations.   In collaboration with Central City Concern and with the Village Building Convergence 7 of City Repair, PHLUSH hosted community toilet design workshops.

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2008

PHLUSH Public Restroom Design Principles adopted by neighborhood groups. PHLUSH supported the launch of The Portland Loo and served on design team for Ankeny Plaza restroom complex.

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2011

Researched ecological sanitation for new section on website. Regularly replied  to inquiries from grassroots North American groups promoting public restrooms. Conducted Toilets for Emergencies fall campaign in collaboration with The Cloacina Project, Pacific Northwest College of Art, and compost toilet team of the New Zealand Permaculture Guild.  Paper on “Building Safe Toilet Design into Shared…

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2012

City of Portland Bureau of Emergency Management endorsed Twin-Bucket Emergency Toilet. Developed public leaflet based on The Cloacina Project‘s Sewer Catastrophe Companion.  Spoke at 18 community events. Launched newsletter Pee, Poo and You! Participated in Reinventing the Toilet events at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Hosted 3-day visit to Portland of World Toilet Organization…

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2013

Annual Report for 2012 is released.  Restorative Sanitation exhibit premiered at NVOAD conference and is visited by key FEMA and CDC staff.  Jeff Holiman represented PHLUSH at the Sustainable Phosphorus Research Coordination Network kick off in Washington, DC. Oxford University Press releases Phosphorus, Food and Our Future to which Carol McCreary is a contributor.

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2014

 For Multnomah County, Oregon Department of Emergency Management organized a workshop in partnership with Recode and the PDNA Emergency Preparedness Committee.  For Jefferson County, Washington, Department of Emergency Management (DEM), convened a study group that proposed emergency sanitation policy, helped draft Twin Bucket system leaflets for households with sewered and onsite systems, and partnered with…

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2015

Assisted Portland City Commissioner in drafting resolution on All-User Restrooms, which passed unanimously on December 17th. Advised team redesigning Seattle Parks restroom to meet all-gender specifications. Issued the 65-page Public Toilet Advocacy Toolkit for World Toilet Day. Jeff Holiman co-authored with Helen Rowe et al. Integrating legacy soil phosphorus into sustainable nutrient management strategies for…

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2016

Incorporated as a non-profit in and received 501(c)3 status from the IRS. Submitted business plan to Wayfind Legal and received pro bono legal services. Founding Directors Hayley Joyell Smith, Abigail Brown, and Poonam Sharma formally endorsed the Articles of Incorporation under Washington State law, adopted the Bylaws, and stepped in the roles of President, Vice…

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