Oxbow National Wildlife refuge

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wanted to provide visitors to Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge in Harvard, MA, with restroom facilities at an area with no running water but did not want to bring in portable toilets, especially ones that use chemicals.  So, just like Rachel Carson NWR before it, Oxbow installed a Clivus composting system with waterless toilets. The new restroom building provides clean and odor free facilities in a remote, waterless location.  It is

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US Coast Guard Menemsha Station Rebuilt

In 1952 the US Coast Guard moved the late-nineteenth-century Coast Guard house on Cuttyhunk Island to its Menemsha station on Martha’s Vineyard.  There the historical building remained until a devastating fire took it on July 12, 2010. The Coast Guard promised to rebuild, incorporating modern technologies into a building that remained true to the history and character of the fishing village of Menemsha, while reducing its impact on the community.  The result was a  5000

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US Forest Service builds LEED sustainable headquarters

In an effort to reduce its carbon footprint and increase its sustainability and energy efficiency, the US Forest Service decided to consolidate three regional offices of the Pemigewasset Ranger District. With an eye on achieving a minimum US Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) rating of Silver, the architect incorporated many green technologies including a Clivus composting system, foam-flush toilets, and a greywater filtering/recycling system. The result is a 23,400-square

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