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2020 Rich Earth Virtual Summit: Reclaiming Urine as a Resource

15 Sep. 2020 - 17 Sep. 2020

Join the conversation about how urine nutrient recovery can conserve water, prevent pollution, and fertilize local farms.

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Further Description / Program

For the past five years, the Rich Earth Institute’s annual urine diversion summit has brought 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 year, we’re bringing our conference online for the first time! We hope this will enable a much wider, global audience to participate in the discussion as we exchange ideas for the future of urine diversion. 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. Recordings will be available after the event.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nancy G. Love
Sept. 15, 9:00 -10:30 am EDT
As Principal Investigator of the National Science Foundation’s INFEWS project: Advancing Technologies and Improving Communication of Urine­-Derived Fertilizers for Food Production within a Risk­ Based Framework, Dr. Nancy G. Love will discuss this collaborative project and her vision for the future of urine diversion and reuse. Dr. Love is the Borchardt and Glysson Collegiate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University Michigan, and an adjunct Professor at the Institute of Biotechnology at Addis Ababa University. In collaboration with her students, Dr. Love works at the interface of water, infrastructure and public health in both domestic and global settings.

Call For Presenters!
Have research results, a project, or other experience you want to share? Submit an abstract for a 6-8 minute lightning talk through this online form. [] Creative, prerecorded presentations are encouraged. Deadline for abstract submission is August 5.

Admission By Donation
Members of the Container Based Sanitation Alliance (CBSA) provide 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). During the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognize the significant challenges facing these providers, and therefore proceeds from this summit will go to support members of the CBSA.

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Julia Cavicchi
Outreach & Education Coordinator

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Rich Earth Institute
Brattleboro, Vermont
United States

The Rich Earth Institute advances the practice of peecycling: reclaiming "waste" as a resource to complete the food nutrient cycle. Human urine contains vital nutrients for growing crops. By reclaiming urine as an agricultural resource, communities can prevent downstream pollution, access a local fertilizer, and conserve clean water. For over a decade, the Rich Earth Institute has operated the nation's first and largest community-scale peecycling program. Learn more at

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