26 results for tag: climate change


Yale Climate Connections: As the planet warms, can we afford to treat poop as waste?

photo credit: Yale Climate Connections For centuries, people have been using human waste as a precious commodity for soil fertilization around the world. In fact, night soil, the term given to the human waste product, has had entire economies built around it as a means for sustainable agriculture production from Asia to the Amazon. A recent article in Yale Climate Connections provided some insight into understanding why we have wandered so far from these roots, how that has impacted climate change, and if it is time once again to rethink human waste as a valuable commodity. Prior to World War II, livestock manure management was an integral part of ...

Container-Based Sanitation: Including Vulnerable Populations in Climate Mitigation

photo credit: Vic Hinterlang Since its pilot, SOIL’s EkoLakay service has been carefully designed as a holistic model that can offer benefits beyond a simple household toilet. Rather than thinking solely about EkoLakay’s potential for individual impact, we’ve used sanitation provision as a starting point for designing a solution that leverages the interconnection between sanitation, climate, and human rights. This is evident in SOIL’s waste treatment and composting facility, where we turn human waste from the EkoLakay toilets into regenerative compost that can stabilize Haiti’s fragile soils. More recently, a study conducted on SOIL’s ...

Reflections on Research: Biogeochemist Gavin McNicol shares insights from his research at SOIL

Gavin McNicol and a team of researchers at SOIL's compost facility in Haiti. Earlier this summer, SOIL was pleased to share newly published research in the journal Nature Climate Change  that revealed groundbreaking analysis on SOIL’s sanitation solution and climate mitigation potential.  We are particularly grateful for the remarkable and dedicated team of researchers who worked on this research with SOIL, and who are endeavoring to help solve the global climate crisis while simultaneously promoting the inclusivity of vulnerable and less privileged populations in the climate conversation. We are thrilled to share a brief personal reflection on ...

Nature Climate Change: Groundbreaking Research on GHG Emissions Offset of SOIL’s Sanitation Solution

Around the globe, 4.5 billion people lack access to safely managed sanitation with 1 billion of those living in densely populated urban settlements. Many urban residents rely on pit latrines where human waste is not safely managed and carries the potential to contaminate water sources and critically endanger public health. To address the urgent need for safely managed sanitation in the communities we serve, SOIL’s water-wise sanitation solution in Haiti is designed to remove human waste from dense urban neighborhoods to mitigate the spread of waterborne disease, prevent negative environmental impacts from untreated waste, and transform the waste ...

Frontiers in Environmental Science: Scaling Container-Based Sanitation

As SOIL continues to work towards expanding lifesaving sanitation in Haiti, we aren’t stopping there. In partnership with global communities and a network of container-based sanitation (CBS) practitioners, we are developing solutions we believe are poised for replication to provide sanitation in some of the globe’s most challenging contexts. A new paper in Frontiers in Environmental Science, which SOIL helped contribute to, evaluates the benefits, opportunities, and challenges for container-based sanitation (CBS) implementers like SOIL. The article touches on the multitude of “economic, health, and environmental returns” offered by CBS ...

Webinar: SOIL Talks Climate Connections with ILSR

Last week, SOIL’s Executive Director and Co-Founder Dr. Sasha Kramer presented on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Compost Climate Connections series webinar. Sasha discussed the role compost plays in mitigating climate change, how ecological sanitation systems work, and the benefits of a circular economy approach to sanitation in Haiti. Long-time SOIL research partner Dr. Rebecca Ryals joined the webinar and shared the results from her recently published paper that analyzes the climate benefits of SOIL’s ecological sanitation services. If you weren’t able to watch, The Institute for Local Self-Reliance has made the video available ...

15 of the Most Impactful Global Climate Projects

In 2018, SOIL's efforts in Haiti were recognized as a powerful and replicable solution to the global climate crisis by the UN's Momentum for Change. SOIL is now featured in their newly released interactive report spotlighting what they call 15 of the most "impactful and innovative" climate solutions around the world. If you're in need of inspiration, we invite you to explore the beautiful new resource here. To learn more about the ways in which SOIL's regenerative urban sanitation solutions help frontline communities like the ones we serve in Haiti mitigate and adapt to climate change, visit this page. To see other awards and recognition that our ...

Blavity: Combatting the Legacy of Environmental Racism in Haiti

Photo Credit: Vic Hinterlang Far too often discussions about environmental degradation and the global climate crisis miss the mark when it comes to the legacy of colonialism and racism. Though Haiti's geographical location and topological features certainly increase the nation's physical vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, the degree of environmental degradation and environmental vulnerability in Haiti is anything but natural. How this Org is Helping Haitians Reclaim their Land by Working to Combat Environmental Racism | Blavity It is neither normal nor natural that Haiti, a country with a negligible direct contribution to ...

Video: Composting Waste Treatment | Narrated by David Attenborough

SOIL was honored to be recognized last year by the UN Momentum for Change as an inspiring and replicable solution to the global climate crisis. A new video following their visit to northern Haiti helps to tell the story of why SOIL was chosen and how our team is taking a tricky public health challenge and - with a little grit, creativity, and dedication - transforming it into a solution for environmental restoration and resilience. Click below to watch the video and take a moment to let us know what you think in the comment section below. You might just recognize the voice of one of our very favorite environmental advocates narrating the video as ...

Optimizing the Composting Process: Research Updates from Port-au-Prince

Gavin McNicol, who has long been active in SOIL’s research partnership with Dr. Rebecca Ryals, had the opportunity to visit us at SOIL’s composting waste treatment site just outside of Haiti’s capital city in earlier this year. In 2016, Gavin joined Dr. Ryals ongoing research investigating SOIL’s climate impact and helped spearhead research on the optimal conditions for the composting process. Gavin took a moment to share an update on the ongoing research as well as a sneak peek on a new research project that we are workin...