SOIL featured as one of UN-Habitat’s Urban Best Practices

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SOIL is committed to providing a sanitation solution that addresses the critical need for access to in-home toilets and safely managed waste treatment in densely populated urban areas. SOIL’s regenerative sanitation solution seeks to not only offer better sanitation options for vulnerable urban communities, but also to help build resilient systems that protect Haiti’s vulnerable ecosystem and bolster food production using a full cycle approach to sanitation. 

It is the goal of SOIL to design a sustainable container-based sanitation model that can be replicated globally and we are always eager to participate in opportunities for global knowledge sharing.  Because of that, we are pleased to share that SOIL was recently featured and added to the United Nations’ Urban Best Practices database which serves as an online repository of”inspiring breakthroughs” on the implementation of urban development initiatives and the Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), were developed in 2015 and are intended to be achieved by 2030. The 17 interlinked goals are designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.” As part of the SDGs initiative, The New Urban Agenda was created a year later, specifically designed to address the pressing issues faced in urban environments and with the goal to set a new global standard for sustainable urban development, and act as a roadmap for developing socially and culturally prosperous cities, while protecting the environment. Together, the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals are part of the UN-Habitat program, an initiative that promotes urbanization as a positive transformative force for people and communities to reduce inequality, discrimination and poverty.

SOIL’s circular economy solution to urban sanitation was selected for the Urban Best Practices database as it aligns with the SDGs for UN-Habitat’s New Urban Agenda and offers an example of a transformative service in an urban environment. The Urban Best Practices, recognizes SOIL for our work towards achieving the 11th SDG, which aims to “make cities and human settlements, inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.” In addition to acknowledging our work towards climate-resilient, sustainable sanitation,  UN-Habitat also highlighted SOIL’s innovative approach, mentioning that our “initiative has been innovative in Haiti since [SOIL’s] founding”: through our commitment to gender and social inclusivity, sustainability and community-driven initiatives. 

SOIL is proud to be a pioneer in the urban sanitation sector and we are honored to be featured as part of UN-Habitat’s transformative initiative. Access the full Urban Best Practices feature here.

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