Category Archives: World Issues- Sanitation

#GivingTuesday #flushedwithsuccess

Every Body Deserves A Decent Throne!

Our primary goal on #GivingTuesday is to help buy 8 Eloos, serving 2 rural communities in Sierra Leone in partnership with

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thunderclap_derek We hear a lot ABOUT what’s happening in Sierra Leone, now come hear from the people themsleves!

Our goal is simple – there’s a place in Northern Sierra Leone, a clinic in Kabala, where they would really like to have a REAL ‘comfort station’ at the beginning, middle and end of their day.

And there’s a school in the NE, at Koidu, where it’s hard to teach basic health when there isn’t a place to do their daily “business’!

We need 8 Eloos ($7,200), $7,300 to ship them, $1,500 to build each stall in the ‘throne room’ – A grand total of $26,500.
So what do you think? How about taking on a piece of this effort so we end this campaign truly #flushedwithsuccess ! You want to do something concrete to make a difference? This is it. Make A DONATION here!

Sometimes the simplest of things can mean the difference of life or death.

When you go to your warm bathroom tonight, and sit down on that nice padded seat, maybe read a book, get comfortable with having a decent throne underneath you …… we hope you’ll remember this #GivingTuesday campaign.

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World Environmental Health Day – 6 session seminar September 26, 2014


Every Body Deserves A Decent Throne:
Crossing the Sanitation Divide – Past, Present and Future.

Six session seminar series provided at no charge through Google Hangouts On Air.

Session 1. 10- 10.45 am ET

Dendra Best will look at the history of sanitation in the US and how that has shaped the technology of infrastructure ever since.

Session 2. 11 – 11.45 am ET

Patrick Lucey – why traditional infrastructure is now unsustainable. His bio can be found at the web site.

Session 3. 11.50 am ET – 12.40 pm ET

Patrick Lucey – successful case studies of sustainable integrated water systems from Canada and the US.

Break for Lunch

Session 4. 1.30 – 2.30 pm ET

The reality of Sierra Leone and Guinea – Derek Reinhard and the work of

The theme for Environmental Health Day 2014 is inequality of access. Not only does DeeperMissions work in one of the poorest regions in west Africa, it now has to deal with the massive Ebola epidemic

Session 5. 2.40pm ET – 3.20pm ET

Patrick Lucey. A better future: how to export 21st. century knowledge not 19th century thinking.

If the problem is massive, is this the time to rethink how we provide basic sanitation and clean drinking water systems both here in the West and in developing countries? The environmental, weather and financial climate is a whole new ball game from when most of these technologies were the norm. What kind of legacy are we creating for our children or grandchildren if we keep on doing the same thing?

Session 6. 3.45pm ET – 4.30pm ET Team – relevance to both small rural communities in CA and the US as well as Haiti, Africa and S. America.

Culture, demographics, access to support structures and expertise – all play a vital role in ensuring whatever is proposed as the ‘ideal’ solution will actually be feasible AND workable in the long run. So often planning is something that is done TO a community not WITH it.

Collaborative Water Solutions was created to build on the stellar work done by Water Environment Research Foundation where a team developed the Small Community Decision Making Tool to help local leaders determine their own best options for wastewater service.

Watch the inspiring stories of three mothers who broke the cycle of poverty, and forged a path to water

The dignity and strength of women around the world is astounding – in celebration of Mother’s Day, watch the inspiring stories of three mothers who broke the cycle of poverty, and forged a path to water.

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“Roddenberry Foundation Gives $5 Million to J. Craig Venter Institute for Sustainable Wastewater Treatment Technology Development.”

J. Craig Venter Institute Press Release 7/10/13.

The J. Craig Venter Institute, a nonprofit genomic research organization in La Jolla, California, has announced a $5 million grant from the Roddenberry Foundation for the development of wastewater treatment technologies.

The grant will be used to fund the development of JCVI scientist Orianna Bretschger’s BioElectrochemical Sanitation Technology (BEST), which uses microbial fuel cells (MFC) to treat wastewater and improve sanitation and water accessibility in the developing world. As the microbes in MFCs break down the organic matter in sewage and other types of wastewater, they produce electrons. The rapid movement of electrons across a fuel cell circuit generates electricity while accelerating the breakdown of the organic matter, resulting in fewer treatment byproducts such as sludge. The efforts of Bretschger’s team already have led to the successful treatment of municipal wastewater and sewage sludge at a 100-gallon per-day scale, the amount of wastewater produced by a small household on a daily basis.

“Dr. Bretschger’s MFC sustainable wastewater treatment project is exactly the type of innovative, field-changing research that fits our mission,” said Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, president of the Roddenberry Foundation and son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. “Her use of microbes to convert human waste into clean water and electricity is another step toward making disease a thing of the past. Her work also moves us closer to a future where all humankind’s most basics needs are not just met but abundantly supplied. In the world of Star Trek, technology offers a catalyst to the natural world in making amazing things possible.”

Toilet Tales: China | PRI’s The World

Toilet Tales: China | PRI’s The World.

With its flashy lights and fast construction, Ordos is a city on the make – a coal boomtown that boasts it’s now got the highest income per capita of any urban area in China – much of it, concentrated in the hands of a few coal, oil and natural gas tycoons. But less than a decade ago, Ordos was dingy, dusty and poor, with frequent cuts of water supply. That’s why it caught the eye of the Stockholm Environment Institute, which had successfully promoted the use of dry toilets in rural areas in developing countries, but wanted to see how they’d work in a city.