Foundation Beyond Belief: SOIL is Not Just About Poop — It is About People

Foundation Beyond Belief: SOIL is Not Just About Poop — It is About People

By AJ Chalom, originally posted on Foundation Beyond Belief “Soil is a product that we often take for granted. It is largely present here in the United States, and it is necessary our farming and food structure. However, in the developing world, healthy soil is not prevalent, leading to a host of problems. Next time you walk by your bathroom, take a peek at your toilet. The waste from your toilet leaves your house with water and goes somewhere to be treated, using resources that are precious in many places where water is not readily...

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Forbes: Why A Toilet Alone Won’t Do The Job: The ‘Software’ Of Sanitation Innovation

Forbes: Why A Toilet Alone Won’t Do The Job: The ‘Software’ Of Sanitation Innovation

By Jessica Altenburger in Forbes, July 31, 2014 “The 2015 goal to halve the proportion of people living without sanitation is running 150 years behind schedule.” – WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation 2010 Since 2008, the “International Year of Sanitation,” the topic of toilets has more frequently appeared in media all over the world. Despite many efforts, today there are still 2.5 billion people worldwide without access to improved sanitation. Why? Because a toilet alone won’t do the...

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TEDx Traverse City: “Transformation of Wastes to Resources” by Sasha Kramer

TEDx Traverse City: “Transformation of Wastes to Resources” by Sasha Kramer

TedX Traverse City is an annual event that brings together “the most innovative and inspiring minds… innovators who have passion, curiosity, creativity and adaptability to change the world with revolutionary ideas.” Sasha and SOIL were honored to be a part of this wonderful event on May 13, 2014. Check out the video from Sasha’s talk below and then check out the other speeches posted on the TEDx Traverse City’s website here. SOIL Executive Director, Dr. Sasha Kramer, speaking at TEDx Traverse...

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June 2014 Newsletter: Honoring Exploration

June 2014 Newsletter: Honoring Exploration

Dear friends and fellow explorers, This is a special week in Washington as National Geographic celebrates the 2014 class of the Emerging Explorer’s Program, which honored SOIL’s work in 2011.  Following the example of National Geographic the SOIL team would like to use this month’s newsletter to celebrate the explorer in all of us.  We are so proud to be part of a team that is pushing the limits of exploration, each in our own special way. We gratefully acknowledge the work of the amazing Madame Bwa, our teacher and guide who...

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A Shout Out to the Explorer in All of Us

A Shout Out to the Explorer in All of Us

This is a special week in Washington as National Geographic celebrates the 2014 class of  Emerging Explorers.  SOIL’s work was honored in 2011 when SOIL Co-founder and Executive Director Sasha Kramer was recognized for our team’s groundbreaking work in waste transformation. The Emerging Explorers Program acknowledges and supports uniquely gifted and inspiring young adventurers, scientists, photographers, and storytellers who are making a difference in the world early in their careers.  From the deepest oceans to the farthest realms of...

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May 2014 Newsletter: The Best Time of Year

May 2014 Newsletter: The Best Time of Year

Dear friends,  Last week was International Compost Awareness Week, but here at SOIL, the celebration continues! From the rave reviews of sustainable agriculture educators (“There is no doubt in our minds about the positive effects on adding compost to enrich the soil in terms of healthy growth and increased production of vegetables… We continue to be impressed by what SOIL is doing and the impact it is making for the people in Haiti“), to a friend sharing photos of her new rooftop garden, and promising results from a...

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Sierra Magazine: Innovate: Off-Grid Toilets

Sierra Magazine: Innovate: Off-Grid Toilets

By Paul Rauber in Sierra Magazine, May/June 2014 Technology for disposing of human waster hasn’t changed a whole lot since the invention of the flush toilet in the 16th century. These days, you push a handle or button, and water whisks waste away to either a septic system or a sewage treatment plant. Problem is, this system doesn’t work so well for the 2.5 billion people who lack access to running water. This led the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to finance a competition to “reinvent” the toilet. It’s looking...

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The Walrus: The Toilet Papers: Can a High-Tech Sanitation Appliance Save Lives in Poor Countries?

The Walrus: The Toilet Papers: Can a High-Tech Sanitation Appliance Save Lives in Poor Countries?

By Jeremy Keehn in The Walrus, May 2014 Magazine. We hear within us the perpetual call: There is the problem. Seek its solution. —David Hilbert, presenting his twenty-three grand challenges to the International Congress of Mathematicians, Paris, 1900 ONE EVENING last November, I went to an upscale hotel in Manhattan’s SoHo neighbourhood to attend a German Scheisseparty. The guests, most of them young, multinational, and professionally attired, milled around, awaiting a display of spectacular bad taste. They were not disappointed. Before...

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April 2014 Newsletter: Carnival, Social Entrepreneurship, and Permaculture

April 2014 Newsletter: Carnival, Social Entrepreneurship, and Permaculture

Dear friends, Welcome to the long-awaited springtime! There are a lot of exciting things happening at SOIL this spring and we hope you take a few minutes to check out the most recent highlights below. ‘ Also, a huge thank you to everyone who contributed during the first two days of our Spring Challenge. Please help us reach our goal of expanding SOIL’s sanitation service, doubling our waste treatment operation, testing SOIL compost on four new crops, and teaching 500 more practitioners about how to replicate SOIL’s successes...

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truthout: SOIL Co-Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Sasha Kramer, Selected as a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year

truthout: SOIL Co-Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Sasha Kramer, Selected as a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year

Published on truthout.org. View original post. SOIL is proud to announce that SOIL’s Co-Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Sasha Kramer, was selected as a 2014 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year. Every year the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship selects 20-25 social entrepreneurs achieving transformative social and/or environmental change through the application of innovative and practical approaches to benefit society in general, with an emphasis on underserved populations. In recognition of Sasha’s...

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