Rich Earth Institute Shares in $3 Million National Science Foundation Research Grant

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the Rich Earth Institute and its research partners a $3 million grant to support ongoing research to come up with economical and sustainable methods to turn human urine into fertilizer.

Rich Earth Institute engages in research, education, and technological innovation to advance the use of human waste as a resource in order to conserve water, prevent pollution, and sustain soil fertility.

The Rich Earth Institute, a Brattleboro, VT based research center, has been exploring for the past four years ways to turn human urine into fertilizer. Kim Nace and Abe Noe-Hayes founded the Rich Earth Institute in 2012. They have been working with scientists at the universities of Michigan and Buffalo since 2012 with funding support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Research Institute is a priority vital project of the Southeastern Vermont CEDS. It is also one of the key research assets of the Ecovation Hub™, which is focused on becoming a national leader in creating resilient, sustainable and climate prepared buildings and communities.

ViTAL Economy has been providing executive coaching and strategic development advice to Rich Earth Institute since 2014 in conjunction with its role in facilitating the develop a the Ecovation Hub™ based in Southern Vermont, SW New Hampshire and NW Massachusetts.

For more information on this National Science Foundation Grant, click on the Vermont Public Radio and Rich Earth Institute links below.