Abraham Noe-Hays co-founded the Rich Earth Institute. The Rich Earth Institute recycles urine into fertilizer, eliminating water pollution and supporting sustainable farming. The Institute conducts original research on the safety and efficacy of urine-derived fertilizer, using its first-in-the-nation facility in southern Vermont to conduct field trials and develop urine processing and handling technologies. In collaboration with academic, industry and government stakeholders, the Rich Earth Institute is pioneering pragmatic, sustainable solutions at the intersection of agriculture and sanitation.
Abe has been working with dry sanitation systems since 1990. He holds a B.A. in Human Ecology with concentrations in agroecology and compost science from the College of the Atlantic, where his interest in recycling human manure led to an internship at Woods End Research Laboratory and his thesis project, “An Experiment in Thermophilic Composting.” He has operated Full Circle Compost Consulting since 2001, providing complete design, manufacture, and maintenance services to individuals and institutions with dry toilet systems. He is also the eco-sanitation expert for Sustainable Harvest International, which he has helped to initiate urine-diversion projects in Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama, and Belize. In addition to hands-on dry sanitation work, Abraham gives lectures and leads workshops at conferences and schools, and writes articles on the topic.
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