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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 Urban Space.” presented at World Toilet Summit in China. Participated in Sustainable Phosphorus Summit and contributed to forthcoming book. 2010 New partnerships enabled us to broaden our mission to include research on ecological sanitation options suitable for adoption in urban areas. Participated on committee led by International Code Council to draft a Global Guideline for Practical Public Toilet Design.  Signage campaign entitled “Telling Visitors to Old Town Chinatown where to go” implemented with funding from the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.  Presented at the World Toilet Summit in Philadelphia on “Sanitation Policy Advocacy in Flush-and-Forget America.”  Celebrated World Toilet Day with Portland city officials opening a new Portland Loo. 2009 Local community fundraising enabled two PHLUSH Co-Founders to travel to Singapore following invitation from the World Toilet Organization to present the PHLUSH Public Restroom Design Principles. First PHLUSH Awards honored public restroom heros.  PHLUSH website and blog were launched.  Neighborhood Hospitality Campaign provided restroom locator cards and window signage to direct visitors to public restrooms. The Sustainable Sanitation Alliance admitted PHLUSH as its 128th partner.


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