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3rd Annual Urine Diversion Summit

Written by richearth. Posted on September 5th, 2017. Categories: Latest News.


Rich Earth Institute’s 3rd annual Urine Diversion Summit was a successful event for advancing this field of work. Over 45 professionals, academics and industry leaders, came together for two days […]

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Unveiling of New Urine Depot

Written by richearth. Posted on July 20th, 2017. Categories: Latest News.


The new urine depot is open! We have officially moved the urine depot out of Kim and Mike’s garage and are now at 116 Birge Street in Brattleboro. Located behind […]

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Strolling of the Heifers 2017

Written by richearth. Posted on July 5th, 2017. Categories: Latest News.


On a rainy Wednesday evening in late May the Rich Earth staff, urine donors, and friends gathered at our new Research Center for a sign making party and open house. […]

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Spring Pump Out 2017

Written by richearth. Posted on May 25th, 2017. Categories: Latest News.


On May 23rd Rich Earth staff Neil Patel and Konrad Scheltema accompanied Seth True from Best Septic for our Spring 2017 Urine Pump Out. Along with our summer intern Sean […]

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Residency in Yellow Springs, Ohio

Written by richearth. Posted on April 11th, 2017. Categories: Latest News.


Rich Earth Board member Ben Goldberg led the charge on a weekend building bash in the old and cold (unheated) art building on the Antioch College campus for a week […]

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Welcome to our new Research Center

Written by richearth. Posted on January 27th, 2017. Categories: Latest News.


The Rich Earth Institute has been a busy place this past month. On December 26th we moved into our new Research Center located at 355 Old Ferry Road next to […]

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Rich Earth team travels to Michigan

Written by richearth. Posted on December 20th, 2016. Categories: Latest News.


The Rich Earth team recently traveled to Michigan for the National Science Foundation research project kick-off event. Together, with our University of Michigan and University at Buffalo partners we spent […]

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Environmental Science & Technology Publication

Written by richearth. Posted on October 28th, 2016. Categories: Latest News.


The Rich Earth Institute’s first peer-reviewed paper has been accepted for publication and is available online in the Environmental Science and Technology journal. The article titled Urine Bacterial Community Convergence […]

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National Science Foundation Grant

Written by richearth. Posted on September 7th, 2016. Categories: Latest News.


We are excited to announce that the Rich Earth Institute has secured $830,000 as part of a $3 million grant in research funding from the National Science Foundation. As part […]

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2016 Urine Diversion Summit

Written by richearth. Posted on August 14th, 2016. Categories: Latest News.

2015 Urine Diversion Summit Participants

2016 Urine Diversion Summit is about to begin at the Rich Earth Institute. This year over 30 people from around the country will gather on August 18 and 19. in […]

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New Grants Support Summer Research

Written by richearth. Posted on June 25th, 2016. Categories: Latest News.

Reverse Osmosis equipment designed to desalinate water is now reducing urine to a concentrated fertilizer product at Rich Earth Institute.

The Rich Earth Institute’s flagship program, the Urine Nutrient Reclamation Project, has received additional funds. Thanks to a $25,000 summer grant from the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WERF), Abe will continue […]

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Rich Earth Ecosanitation-Ladies – Culminating Spring Events

Written by richearth. Posted on May 22nd, 2016. Categories: Latest News.

Table Top Eco-Toilet!

At the conclusion of this academic year – three of our Rich Earth interns completed academic programs and shared their urine diversion related final projects. Congratulations to our Ecosanitation-Ladies, whose […]

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Liquid Gold – Spring Pump Out

Written by richearth. Posted on May 13th, 2016. Categories: Latest News.

This is a buried urine tank, right outside the bathroom and easily accessible for pump out.

Maple syrup is not the only liquid gold to flow in the spring in the hills of Windham County! The homes of eighteen donors are equipped with large storage tanks–mostly […]

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Going Beyond the Toilet at North East Sustainable Energy Alliance (NESEA)

Written by richearth. Posted on March 28th, 2016. Categories: Latest News, Uncategorized.

Abe and William Strang talking toilets at NESEA conference, March 2016.

For 42 years, architects, engineers, designers, and construction industry leaders have gathered to share their dreams of an energy  efficient and more sustainable built environment at the annual NESEA conference. In […]

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Congratulations to the 2015 Rich Earth Piss-Off winners!

Written by richearth. Posted on January 28th, 2016. Categories: Latest News.

It was Abe’s idea at the Urine Donor Kick Off event last March to start a little friendly competition….who pees the most? We know that each person urinates between 100-150 […]

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World Toilet Day 2015 — Guest Posting

Written by richearth. Posted on November 19th, 2015. Categories: Guest Post, Latest News.

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Half of the global cases of childhood undernutrition can be linked to inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene. Imagine the impact if, along with each pit latrine, there came a container to collect urine for boosting crop yields. Or better yet, if the latrines were all constructed as urine-diverting toilets.

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Urine Diversion – Moving Ahead!

Written by Kim Nace. Posted on October 21st, 2015. Categories: Latest News.

Kneeling:  Dan Marks, David Cedarholm, Daniel Michaelson 
Standing:  Neil Patel, Nancy Love, Abe Noe-Hays, Kim Nace, Krista Wigginton, Ali Gagnon, Treavor Boyer, Konrad Scheltema, Tamar Kohn, Lola Olabode, Harold Leverenz

They began arriving Thursday evening;  a team of scientists, engineers and sanitation entrepreneurs for the first Urine Diversion Round Table discussion at the Rich Earth Institute. Participants traveled from California, Michigan, […]

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Last post from Kenya

Written by Kim Nace. Posted on January 29th, 2015. Categories: Kim in Kenya, Latest News.


This will be my last post before flying out on Friday. It is Wednesday evening and I just finished talking with Abby in Portland, Oregon.  I woke her up at 8 AM. […]

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Board Retreat

Written by Kim Nace. Posted on January 12th, 2015. Categories: Latest News.


Bottom left to right: Neil Patel, our intern, Ben Goldberg, Dan Marks, Tatiana Schrieber, Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, top row: Kim Nace,Director, Emily Fabel, Marion Abell, John Hatton, Konrad Scheltema, Abe Noe-Hays, Director. Today […]

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