Category Archives: pollutants

Our Sewer Catastrophe Companion was featured several months back on the excellent Discard Studies blog. Max Liboiron does excellent writing on waste, reminding people what it’s really about:

Publication of the Year: Shit: A Survival Guide

Our SHIT lab at PNCA has spent the last two months putting together a publication on emergency sanitation. Right as I was headed out the door to go to our final critique I got an email from Carol McCreary of PHLUSH about a survival guide on shit put out by COLORS (yes as in United [...]

Public Laboratory wins a grant from the Knight News Challenge!

At the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science, of which I’m a co-founder, we’ve just been awarded $500,000 by the Knight Foundation. Congrats to all my co-founders, Jeff, Sara, Shannon, Adam, Liz,Stewart, and to our whole online community, and thanks to the Knight Foundation! This is really going jump-start a lot of work! Read [...]

Eco-Toilets Summit, Falmouth, MA

I just got a great report back from Earle Barnhart of the Green Center on the Eco-Toilets Summit that he and Hilde Maingay organized.  What a glowing success!  You can read about it on this guest post I did for PHLUSH. I wanted to host here Earle’s finished presentation on toilets, following the nitrogen pollution [...]

Help Protei! Autonomous, oil-sopping sailbots

This is fairly off topic, but I had to cross post from my personal blog.. Protei is a project I whole heartedly support, and provide tiny bits of advice too. Cesar Harada has put together an incredible team, and with a little money it is going to happen. “We are developing Protei : a low-cost [...]

Earle Barnhart & Hilde Maingay on Sanitation Alternatives

We received a lovely e-mail from Earle & Hilde, who have been busy illustrating alternative urban sanitation systems that can solve Cape Cod, Massachusetts’ ongoing aquifer poisoning.  Great flow diagrams for nitrogen within different systems, these would be a great complement to any presentation on contemporary sanitation practices and the future of sanitation.

Pail Collection and Composting in Skaneateles!

This is the longest-running pail collection system I’ve seen in the Western World.  Run from 1908-1998 around summer cottages in upstate New York, 5-gallon buckets were picked up from public outhouses and private summer cottages.  Sewage was banned to protect the watershed. PDF article here. Continuous interaction with cottage owners has been essential to the [...]

Where do our pharmaceuticals end up?

A summary of contemporary research on the degradation of pharmaceuticals, pharmaceuticals in water, and in composting.

Emergency Sanitation Workshop This Saturday

We'll be doing a 45 minute workshop on Saturday June 2nd @ 2pm at King Elementary School as part of Resilience
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