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

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 groundbreaking work developing new social business models for the ecological and ...

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Press Release: Heineken/BRANA and SOIL announce sale of EcoSan compost in Haiti

Soil restoration and livelihood creation in the Pearl of the Antilles: BRANA and SOIL announce sale of EcoSan compost in Haiti **FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI – Haiti was once known as the “Pearl of the Antilles” for its incredible productive capacity. In an unprecedented private sector partnership that will help rebuild Haiti’s soils to their former potential, SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods), a well-respected non-profit sanitation provider in Haiti and a leader in the ecological sanitation (EcoSan) movement, and BRANA (Brasserie ...

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Press Release: SOIL a Finalist in the Nature Conservancy / Rare Solution Search: Adapting to Climate Change

SOIL was recently selected as a top 10 finalist in a Nature Conservancy / RARE contest recognizing promising efforts to help vulnerable communities reduce environmental risk and adapt to climate change. SOIL’s proposal to use ecological sanitation (EcoSan) technology to improve food security, support freshwater conservation, increase reforestation, and support livelihoods diversification caught the eye of an initial panel of judges. Over the next 10 days, voting will be opened to the general public to pick their favourite solution for adapting to climate change: ...

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Press Release: The Buckminster Fuller Institute Announces 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Semi-Finalists

August 20, 2013, New York City - The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) is proud to announce the Semi-Finalists for the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. "We received a record number of entries this year, making it more difficult than any year from the past six years, to narrow down the pool to these 19 extraordinary initiatives", said Elizabeth Thompson, BFI's Executive Director, "once again our distinguished jury will have a very tough job selecting the top entries".   The jury will engage in the final phase of the vetting process over the next six ...

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Press Release: Lush Cosmetics Supports SOIL’s Ongoing Emergency Sanitation in Port-au-Prince

As most of our supporters are aware, despite the fact that more than 3.5 years have passed since the earthquake in Port-au-Prince, for the hundreds of thousands of people still living in tents the emergency is far from over.  Even as many people have moved out of the larger camps and into permanent housing, SOIL’s emergency sanitation program is still serving over 4,000 people in the capital.  Although SOIL is deeply committed to this program, we have found it to be one of the most challenging to fund. Today, SOIL is pleased to announce that Lush Cosmetics, a ...

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Press Release: Nutrients for All! SOIL, Ashoka and Nutrient Equity

We are excited to announce that SOIL is a finalist Ashoka’s Nutrients for All Competition! Participating in this competition has been such a pleasure for us because the goals of the Nutrients for All movement so closely align with our own philosophy. Nutrients for All and Ashoka Changemakers are seeking innovative solutions that will ensure the availability of nutrients for healthy, natural ecosystems, farms, food, and people. This focus on nutrient equity has allowed SOIL to take a closer look at our work from the perspective of social justice. At SOIL we believe that ...

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Press Release: SOIL Shortlisted for the Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge

[box]SOIL is honored to have been shortlisted for the Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge Award. This prestigious award recognizes innovative ideas to provide sustainable access to safe water and sanitation. The final winners will be announced in September. [/box] Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge Shortlists 2013 Projects 27 June 2013 (see the original Press Release on the Reed Elsevier website here.) Five projects that will bring safe water and sanitation to communities around the world The Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge shortlist has been announced, ...

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Press Release: SOIL Wins Early Entry Prize in Ashoka Nutrients for All Contest

We recently received notice that we're one of two early prize winners in Ashoka's Nutrients for All contest! (Check out the Ashoka Press Release here). According to Ashoka, "The challenge is clear: we need innovative solutions that will ensure the availability of nutrients for healthy, natural ecosystems, farms, food, and people." SOIL's entry, Closing the Loop, Transforming the Poop, proposes a simple solution to counteract the downward spiral of soil degradation and poverty in Haiti and around the world. In line with Ashoka's challenge, SOIL's pioneering work emphasi...

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Invitation: Official Launch of the Household Toilet Project in Shada, Cap-Haitien

The SOIL team is pleased to announce the official launch celebration for the Household Toilet Project in Cap-Haitien, Haiti! Please join us in Shada, Cap-Haitien on Friday, December 7th starting at 10am and join in the festivities! This event marks the official kickoff of a long anticipated pilot project that will bring SOIL toilets into the homes of hundreds of families in Shada, one of the poorest neighborhoods in northern Haiti, and will test and refine an innovative new social business model for providing household sanitation in urban communities. Read More

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Press Release: SOIL Selected As a Grand Challenges Canada Rising Star in Public Health

SOIL is honored to announce that we were selected as a recipient of the Grand Challenges Canada Rising Stars in Global Health Award. SOIL's innovative new program to develop and implement a social business model for household sanitation services in Haiti is being recognized alongside 68 other "Stars in Global Health" from around the world. Recipients were selected for bold, out-of-the-box ideas to tackle debilitating disease and and save lives in the Developing World. As a result of this award, SOIL will receive a $100,000 to help implement the household toilet project in ...

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