SOIL promotes dignity, health, and sustainable livelihoods through the transformation of wastes into resources.
Financial Information and Annual Reports
Please visit SOIL’s Financial Information and Annual Reports page for our recent annual reports and financial filings as well as information on our dedication to frugality, efficiency, and transparency.
Honors and Awards
2013 Grand Prize Winner: People’s Choice in the Nature Conservancy / Rare Conservation Solution Search: Adapting to a Changing Climate
2013 Finalist in the Ashoka Nutrients for All competition
2013 Semi-Finalist in the Buckminster Fuller Challenge
2013 Semi-Finalist in the Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge
2012 First Place in the Land for Life Award from the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.
2012 Rising Star in Global Health Grand Challenges Canada
Maintaining soil is the essence of sustainability from both environmental and social perspectives. The basic elements that make up living matter all come from, and return to, the soil. Nutrients from the soil are constantly flowing through all living organisms. Healthy soil retains and cleanses water resources and protects communities from natural disasters. All of humanity is dependent on soil, biologically, economically, socially, and spiritually. Human health, livelihood, and well being are inextricably linked to the soil.
Liberation Ecology: The Philosophical Roots of Waste Transformation
In nature soil transforms organic matter, sustaining ecological systems by converting one organism’s wastes into another’s resources. It is from the soil that our organization has borrowed both our name and our philosophy. We too, believe that the path to sustainability is through transformation, of both marginalized people and discarded materials, turning disempowerment and pollution into participatory production.
I determined that my posture, within the community and before life, should be that of, in a humble way, taking sides. I decided this when I saw so many honorable misfortunes, lone victories and splendid defeats. In the midst of the arena of the Americas’ struggles, I saw that my human task was none other then to join the extensive forces of the organized masses of the people, to join with life and soul, with suffering and hope, because it is only from this great popular stream that the necessary changes can arise.
Pablo Neruda “Towards the Splendid City” – 1971 Nobel Lecture