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The Rich Earth Institute recycles 5,000 gallons of urine a year and conserves more than 100,000 gallons of potable water.

The Rich Earth Institute recycles 5,000 gallons of urine a year and conserves more than 100,000 gallons of potable water.

Rich Earth Institute to discuss urine as agricultural resource

“Rethinking the Nutrient Cycle: Capturing Urine as a Resource” will be presented by the Rich Earth Institute on Tuesday, March 14, 7 p.m., in McGregor 113 at Antioch College. The Rich Earth Institute works at the intersection of agriculture and sanitation, closing the nutrient cycle by diverting urine from the waste stream and providing fertilizer for farms. Funded by USDA, EPA, the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation and the National Science Foundation, this research and demonstration non-profit in Vermont is supported by more than 100 local participants. The Institute recycles 5,000 gallons of urine and conserves over 104,000 gallons of potable water each year.

During the presentation, Executive Director Kim Nace will explain the science behind the effort and share research results to date. Co-sponsored by Antioch College, The Yellow Springs Community Foundation and the University of Dayton Ethos Center, the Rich Earth Institute residency at Antioch College will also include a design-build workshop of a prototype urine diversion dry composting outhouse, as well as additional presentations at the University of Dayton, Sinclair Community College and Wittenberg University.

For more information, contact bbridgeman@antiochcollege.edu.

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Rich Earth Institute to discuss urine as agricultural resource

by YS News Staff