Category Archives: sanitation advocacy

Mathew Talking Toilets at Tedx March 23

Tedx Concordia in Portland is already sold out, but you can watch Mathew’s startling talk online.  It’s gonna be a good one.

A Rough History of Sanitation in the West

Check out our guest post on PHLUSH’s blog.  We jammed packed it full of citations and resources for those getting ready for the Toilet Hackathon happening this weekend.

The Companion is a part of the official portland emergency plan

The Sewer Catastrophe Companion is now a part of the official Portland emergency plan!  This is all thanks to the great work of PHLUSH.

Constructive Interference: Opening March 19th

Mat’s hand sink design, our bathroom posters and the Emergency Sanitation Handbook from the PNCA class will be on display later this month in Atlanta, GA. The show is a collaboration between the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Emory University.

The Emergency Sanitation Handbook

Our students in the Sanitation, Hygiene, and Integrated Technology lab at PNCA have released the first draft of a hands on guide to managing your own sanitation after an emergency. It’s a fun, fresh, illustrated 16 pager that’s bound to save your ass in an emergency. We’ll be doing some final touches on it with [...]

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 [...]

Update: Note to Mathew, call people, don’t just google companies.

I recently had the chance to sit down with Brent from Hyphae Design Lab in person.  Although they don’t say so on their website, they have extensive toilet experience and know exactly what they’re up to.  I look forward to hearing more about the project.       This could really set composting toilets back [...]

Understanding the low demand for sanitation for those with little money

Mat and I had a chance to hear Isabel Guenther speak on May 24th on the dynamics of sanitation and water investments as part of the Cewas program in Switzerland. Guenther is Professor of Development Economics at the Center for Development and Cooperation (NADEL) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH). Guenther [...]

Talkin’ Shit in Switzerland

The Cloacina Project is in Switzerland till July 9th to participate in the first ever Cewas Start Up Programme in Willisau, Switzerland. The start up program brings together 12 young professionals from around the world for a year with several sessions in Switzerland, on session in India and yearlong mentorship from some of the world’s [...]

The 90s: US starts land applying sludge, Swizterland stops

In the 1990s, Switzerland banned the re-use of sludge for any agricultural purposes because of the high heavy metal and other persistent pollutants. Austria, and Sweden also banned such re-use. The main concern was that since waste water systems combine industrial and residential waste, the treated material could be harmful to the longterm health of [...]

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 PDX.org
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