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Symposium Takes Closer Look at Container-Based Sanitation

WHD Director Jenna Davis discusses possible solution to sanitation challenges in world's urban slums.

Where will Earth’s next billion residents poop? That question was on the minds of many attending this year’s gathering of water, health and sanitation scholars at the Colorado WASH symposium, March...

Published: Friday, March 11, 2016 Source: Water, Health & Development
Solution in a Box: Webinar on Container-Based Sanitation

In urban slums around the world, people must choose among crowded public toilets that close at night, open defecation or expensive private pit latrines. Narrow, unplanned street layouts make access...

Published: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 Source: Program on Water, Health & Development
Stanford study shows effects of toilet facilities on child health in rural Africa

A new paper published in The Lancet Global Health presents the first scientific trial to show that child growth improved when communities in the Republic of Mali participated in a community-led sanitation program. The paper and video are co-authored by Amy Pickering, research associate with Stanford’s department of civil and environmental engineering.

Published: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Source: Stanford Report
Career Spotlight: Environmental Health Engineer

This video story features Amy Pickering's work as an environmental health engineer. She develops low-cost, low-tech solutions to reduce the spread of disease in regions of low water quality. Pickering is a research associate at Stanford's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and at Woods Institute for the Environment.

Published: Monday, August 31, 2015 Source: KQED QUEST
Science Spotlight: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Poop

This animated video is one of three featured in KQED's e-book, Engineering Is: Cleaning Poop from Drinking Water. The e-book explores scientific and engineering contributions that resulted in technology that purifies drinking water in Dhaka, Bangladesh, through Stanford's Lotus Water project.

Published: Thursday, August 6, 2015 Source: KQED QUEST

A new device cleans drinking water at a manual hand pump, without using electricity. Stanford researchers develop a better, easier, cheaper way to clean water at the source.

Published: Thursday, July 30, 2015 Source: Video Story by Lauren Farrar for QUEST on KQED
Dr. Stephen Luby, an Omaha native, takes pragmatic approach to global public health research

When it comes to huge health problems in underprivileged nations, Dr. Stephen Luby says. “We can make a difference.” This story illustrates several ways in which his work has improved lives worldwide.

Published: Monday, June 8, 2015 Source: Rick Ruggles / World-Herald staff writer
Stanford researchers rethink sanitation system for urban slums

Residents of Haiti have avoided infectious disease associated with fecal matter through use of a dry toilet and waste collection services. The system, called container-based sanitation, or CBS, operates without a large, up-front, capital investment and does not require electricity or water.

Published: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Source:
Sanitation Solution Exceeds Expectations

Portable dry toilet and waste service system prove effective in urban slums

Published: Thursday, May 7, 2015 Source: Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Sanitation: When Toilets Fly

Initiative run by Stanford graduate students aims for a dry solution to sanitation challenges in urban slums where untreated sewage in waterways spreads disease

Published: Thursday, March 19, 2015 Source: Rob Jordan - Stanford Woods Institute
Drinking Water: Safe at the Source

Program on Water, Health and Development researchers are developing affordable, sustainable solutions to the challenge of providing safe drinking water to nearly 1 billion people in city slums. This story is part of a series about Stanford researchers developing solutions to water supply and access challenges

Published: Thursday, March 19, 2015 Source: Rob Jordan - Stanford Woods Institute
Stanford environmental researchers work to put sustainability into action

Stanford WHD professor, Jenna Davis, selected as a Leopold Leadership Program fellow! The program aims to provide outstanding academic environmental researchers with skills for working with partners to integrate science into decision-making.

Published: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Source: Paige Miller - Stanford Woods Institute
Sanitation Solution for Urban Slums Gets National Recognition

Stanford researchers working on sustainable, low-cost water delivery received prestigious federal grant recently

Published: Friday, October 24, 2014 Source: Woods Institute
Global Recognition for Stanford Freshwater Solution

Lotus Water Project wins Wash Alliance Prize at World Water Week in Stockholm

Published: Friday, September 12, 2014 Source: Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Why A Toilet Alone Won't Do The Job: The 'Software' Of Sanitation Innovation

A range of container-based sanitation offerings are becoming available worldwide, including the re.source solution through Stanford's Water, Health and Development program. The services rely on simple, affordable technologies that fit in with slum lifestyle challenges.

Published: Thursday, July 31, 2014 Source: Forbes