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Nov 7 - 9, 2023; Hybrid Virtual & In-Person 
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The Rich Earth Summit is the global event dedicated to advancing urine nutrient reclamation, bringing together experts, practitioners, and industry leaders to foster collaboration and innovation in this field. 

We hope you will join us either virtually or in-person  in Brattleboro, VT.  The Summit will include themed presentations, virtual tours and exhibitions, a guided field trip through Rich Earth’s community urine recycling program, an open house, and a keynote presentation from one of France’s leading urine diversion researchers,  Fabien Esculier. 


 
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Re: Join us for Rich Earth's annual Summit  on November 2 – 4, 2021 (online)

There's still time to register for Rich Earth's Summit on reclaiming urine as a resource! The event will be November 2 - 4, held via Zoom. See the full list of presenters on our website.

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Join us for Rich Earth's annual Urine Diversion Summit  on November 2 – 4, 2021! This annual event brings together researchers, practitioners, policy makers, industry leaders, and students, catalyzing new collaborations and partnerships as we continue to grow the body of knowledge about this innovative practice. This 3-day gathering will feature presentations on the technology, regulation, design, culture, and art of urine reclamation as well as opportunities for networking and collaboration. The Summit will be virtual again this year and recordings will be available after the event.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lynn Broaddus
Nov. 2, 9:00 -10:30 am EDT
Lynn Broaddus, Ph.D, M.B.A. is the 2020-21 president of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va. Lynn formed Broadview Collaborative Inc. in 2014 as a platform for advancing sustainable, resilient practices in the water sector. She serves as a strategic adviser and facilitator for private-sector, nonprofit and philanthropic clients throughout North America, and is known for bringing new ways of thinking to the crucial environmental challenges of our day.

Admission By Donation
Your contributions will help to cover the cost of hosting this Summit. Additional funds raised will be donated to support the Container Based Sanitation Alliance (CBSA), which provides access to dignified, safe, and affordable sanitation in dense urban areas otherwise lacking in options. This alliance includes Clean Team (Ghana), Loowatt (Madagascar), Sanivation and Sanergy (Kenya), SOIL (Haiti) and x-runner (Peru).

Present at the Rich Earth Summit 
Do you have research results, a project, or other experience you want to share? Submit an abstract for an 8-10 minute lightning talk here . Creative, prerecorded presentations are welcome. Recordings of each panel will be made available after the event. We will continue accepting submissions until all presentation spots are filled. Take a look at our working list of panels below. Presentations fitting within these themes are encouraged.

Panel Themes (Working List)

Roundtable Discussion: Economics of Productive Sanitation in the US
As the American Rescue Plan Act introduces a surge of funding for wastewater infrastructure with a short four year timeline, pre-existing technologies are prioritized over innovative ones, which require longer term investments in research and development. This discussion will focus on the challenges and opportunities for long-range funding for innovative wastewater technologies.

Progress in Technological Research for Urine Diversion Systems
Researchers are invited to present new developments in treatment and processing systems for effective, efficient urine nutrient reclamation.

The Places We Go: Urine Diverting Toilets Around the World
This panel will feature a wide variety of designs for urine collection, including both portable and permanent installations. Panelists will be invited to share their learnings about user experiences with urine diverting toilets and urinals. They will also be invited to share their design processes.

Agricultural Uses for Urine Fertilizer
This panel will explore a wide range of applications for urine fertilizer usage in different settings. The panel discussion will also include an emphasis on exploring opportunities for urine fertilization to support initiatives for food justice and nutrient sovereignty. (Nutrient sovereignty is the right of all peoples to cycle nutrients for food cultivation.)

Global Partnerships for Urine Reclamation
This panel will focus on existing and emerging collaborations between regions for researching and implementing urine recycling systems. It will center on the question that emerged in Rich Earth’s 2020 Summit: “How can we help technology solutions flow between places with and without pre-existing infrastructure, including global majority and low-income countries?” Panelists are invited to share their insights on both opportunities and challenges for sharing knowledge and technologies between diverse contexts.

Making, Doing, Going: DIY Approaches to Peecycling
In addition to high-tech designs, simple DIY practices for fertilizing with urine abound. In this panel, researchers, designers, and tinkerers (and tinklers!) will present tools for recycling urine at the home.

Lifecycle Assessments & Environmental Impacts
This panel will feature discussions of full-system analysis, including life cycle assessments and regional opportunities for implementation of urine nutrient reclamation with the most beneficial environmental impact.

Socio-Technical Change and Cultures of Urine Recycling
This panel invites perspectives on the broader social and cultural meanings of reclaiming bodily nutrients as a resource. We are particularly interested in presentations that focus on: participatory approaches to productive sanitation system design; the role of religion and spirituality; developing relations of reciprocity between humans and the land; the power and potential of humor, joy, and community; opportunities for supporting sanitation justice initiatives with eco-san tools; and our ongoing responsibilities to understanding impacts on human and nonhuman health.
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Re: Recordings for 2020 Rich Earth Virtual Summit: Reclaiming Urine as a Resource

Thank you for sharing the presentation links for the '2020 Rich Earth Virtual Summit'(which focuses on reclaiming urine as a resource) this is very useful for others including myself who could not attend the virtual summit.

The summit was a great opportunity to learn about the various projects being undertaken in order to utilize urine in agricultural activities. 

One of the discussions that I found particularly interesting was urine use in Africa. With most subsistence farmers not being able to afford fertilizers, it is cost-effective to use human urine for crop production. To encourage the use of urine by local farmers in East and West Africa,  urine for farming has been branded “OGA'', a term literally meaning '' Urine is Boss' :-). I can imagine how this really helps to address issues of acceptance surrounding the use of the resource.  I wonder what efforts are being made in other regions within the African continent and what else is being done to build acceptance? I might have missed this within the recordings.

I also found it interesting how technologies such as 'The Solar Dripper' is being used as a urine fertilizer tool to put urine directly in the soil, allowing crops to grow very healthy and tastier. In addition, various waterless urinals for urine collection projects such as the MARCELLE women’s urinal project (read more about it here ) and the Container-Based Sanitation Alliance Initiatives (read more here ) are very interesting to see and are progressive initiatives towards this cause.

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Re: Recordings for 2020 Rich Earth Virtual Summit: Reclaiming Urine as a Resource

The recordings for our 6th annual summit are now up on our website! View the recordings from the full three days here: richearthinstitute.org/2020-virtual-summit/
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I did participate to this "Rich Earth Virtual Summit" yesterday and the system works quite well !

I was online from Annecy in France with ZOOM doing live discussions and
presentations  with people in Vermont, Brasil, Oregon, Africa or Canada.

There are a lot of interesting projects.    About 80 to 120 people were connected online.

This type of meeting is quite eco friendly compared to taking a plane and to spend spend xxx € for a short travel.


Today I will follow it on my phone ... while working in the tomato garden !

Good job !

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Re: 2020 Rich Earth Virtual Summit: Reclaiming Urine as a Resource (15-17 September, online)

Thanks Elisabeth!!

We will also be posting recordings of all of the sessions on that same page of our website after the event. We realize that the timing is not very conducive to all time zones - especially Australia!

Here's a map of where our attendees were calling in from today:
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Re: 2020 Rich Earth Virtual Summit: Reclaiming Urine as a Resource (15-17 September, online)

Here is a reminder for everyone that you can still register for this online event which starts today and looks very interesting. It's the Rich Earth Virtual Summit: Reclaiming Urine as a Resource. Scroll up (or down) to the post before mine to see the program and registration link. Or see here:  richearthinstitute.org/2020-summit-schedule/

It's an interesting concept to make access "by donation". I hesitated a bit when I registered whether I felt like paying or not... (for those on no income, the option exists to register for free). In the end I did make a donation just to support the process and maybe get used to it. If we will have more online events in future and less face to face meetings (a development which I would support), we might have to get used to having to pay for such online events more and more in future, especially if they are not funded by the big organisations like Worldbank, UNICEF etc. 

Anyhow, now I look forward to attending those sessions that match my awake hours (my time zone in Australia is 14 hours ahead of Boston)... 

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Re: 2020 Rich Earth Virtual Summit: Reclaiming Urine as a Resource (15-17 September, online)

Here is the schedule for our three-day summit! You can also view the full, detailed summit schedule on our website. 

Register here to receive zoom links for each day!

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Re: 2020 Rich Earth Virtual Summit: Reclaiming Urine as a Resource (15-17 September, online)

Dear Professor Ajit Seshadri,

Thank you for expressing interest in our summit! We hope that you will register to attend and share with your colleagues in India. Please let me know if you have any specific questions about the gathering.

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Re: 2020 Rich Earth Virtual Summit: Reclaiming Urine as a Resource (15-17 September, online)

Dear SusanA Members.

The Rich Earth Summit towards cause of reclaiming Urine as a Resource Event scheduled for 15 -17 Sept 2020, as a virtual meet is most welcome.

More awareness is needed to be made so that more SusanA Members attend and partake in the notings at the Meet especially on the "CBMs ie Community Business Mechanisms " - viz
1. Urine ( on buy- back from community persons) recycled and used for fertgation in agri farms.
2. Used bio sanitary pads ( buy back.....) for bio composting incl vermi.
Worms for fish farmng in ponds Etc.
3. Bio mass waste from certain agri produce path duly fortified with other bio matter as fish- food for fish farming and culture Etc.

Issued in the interest of needy communities on furthering sustainable CBMs.

Well wishes.

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Re: 2020 Rich Earth Virtual Summit: Reclaiming Urine as a Resource (15-17 September, online)

Hi Elisabeth,

I posted the event in the sanitation calendar as well with more information about the CBSA (and updated the event here accordingly).

The donations will go to support the alliance of CBSA member organizations working on the front-line of sanitation justice--so that they can collaborate together and support each other's work. We feel that it is so important to support what they're doing on the ground especially in the midst of this pandemic.

We wanted to make to conference accessible to all, so donation is not required to attend. While we are inviting donations to cover the cover the cost of running the conference (a relatively small cost) we felt it was a great opportunity to encourage those who were interested in this topic to support organizations in need at this time. Does that answer your question?
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