6 results for tag: Stanford


SOIL and Re.Source Co-Author Second Paper on Household Sanitation

Back in May we excitedly announced that we had co-authorized a paper with our collaborators at re.source sanitation (and you can check it out here). We now are pleased to say that the second paper from this collaboration has hit the press! As we started researching and planning our household sanitation service in Haiti, we became very aware of how little is known about user demand and perception for household ecological sanitation (EcoSan) services. Would our target customers even want these toilets? Would they be proud of them? Would they feel like they were modern or would they be put off by the new technology? What impact would these toilets ...

Bringing the Toilets Home

Written by our friends at re.source – a start-up team based out of Stanford University, funded by a Grand Challenges Explorations Phase 1 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The re.source team is partnering with SOIL to help design an improved household EcoSan toilet and a social business model for providing household sanitation in urban slums. See other blog posts by the re.source team here. We’re launching! We installed 25 toilets in Shada on October 30th, reaching a milestone we’ve been working toward for more than a year. It marks the culmination of many hours of design, prototyping, community meetings, surveying, training, ...

Press Release: Cell Phone Powered Poop Tracking Advances Haiti Waste Treatment

The SOIL team is going high tech, using smart phones to streamline poop collection and compost production. Our friends and collaborators from re.source have helped develop a system for SOIL, using an open source data collection platform called Open Data Kit, to record and track all of the composting and collection data from their phones. This technology will help SOIL streamline waste collection and cut down on errors. This is a critical development in SOIL and re.source's new initiative to design and implement a social business model for providing household sanitation. In the coming months we'll begin installing private household toilets throughout ...

Getting Down to Business: Cell Phone-Powered Poop Tracking in Cap Haitien

Business efficiency isn't something that often comes up when discussing ecological sanitation. Most people talk about waste collection, transportation, ideal composting temperatures, cover material, pathogen die-off....the list goes on. However, business is an incredibly important aspect of ecological sanitation work, and a vital part of SOIL's operations. At our office in Cap-Haitien, SOIL has been collaborating with several Stanford engineers, working on implementing a social business model for providing household sanitation in Haiti. This week, our Stanford friends have discovered a system for tracking collection data on the go, using smart ...

A Community-Driven Design Process for Household Toilets in Shada

Written by our friends at re.source – a start-up team based out of Stanford University, funded by a Grand Challenges Explorations Phase 1 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The re.source team is partnering with SOIL to help design an improved household EcoSan toilet and a social business model for providing household sanitation in urban slums. See other blog posts by the re.source team here. Even as we’re looking to start piloting our collection service with one of our existing designs, we’re always working to design a better toilet.  To that end, Sebastien loaded a few models, prototypes, and concepts into the truck with ...

Stanford University Researchers Overwhelmed by the Demand for Their New Toilet Model

Written by our friends at re.source - a start-up team based out of Stanford University, funded by a Grand Challenges Explorations Phase 1 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The re.source team is partnering with SOIL to help design an improved household EcoSan toilet and a social business model for providing household sanitation in urban slums. Article originally posted on resourcesanitation.com. We’ve been working hard to tweak our toilet design in response to many insights we’ve gotten from our beta-test families in Shada.  After a few more iterations, out comes a new design! While delivering these models a few days back, we ...