John Robb recently did a post on the interplay between building regulations and sustainable innovation and used Molly’s diagram on water and nutrient reuse codes here in Oregon to demonstrate his point. Check out the full post at Resilient Communites.
We were inspired by Central City Concern’s visualization of the rules guiding (and limiting) reuse of water and nutrients in Oregon, to make our own now that rules have changed. Ever wondered what permit you need for a site built composting toilet? Or how graywater and blackwater are regulated? Or just really like graphical representations of complex systems? Feel free to send feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s open source so feel free to modify it or use it for your own purposes.
We (Melora, Mathew and Molly) just got back from our first Recode Ecosan Tour. We visited DEQ offices in Bend, Medford and Coos Bay. We held public presentations in Bend, Coquille and Ashland. Thanks so much to our hosts for welcoming us in to their communities.
Yesterday Recode participants and 15 DEQ staff from the DEQ’s NW Regional office sat down and discussedwe manage our water and excrement. Recode researchers Mathew Lippincott and Molly Danielsson have been asking experts in conventional and alternative treatment in the US and Europe what they see as the future for managing water and excrement on sites. They shared five case studies that showcase the myriad solutions to these dynamic issues.
Thanks to everyone at the DEQ office for bringing your voice to this nuanced issue.