Nov. 11, 2022

SDG 13 | Reimagining Human Waste Management in Arctic Communities | Henry Glogau & Nathan Baring

SDG 13 | Reimagining Human Waste Management in Arctic Communities | Henry Glogau & Nathan Baring

Have you ever thought about how much human waste is in nature?💩

Welcome back SDG Talkers!! Thanks for joining us for another episode of highlighting change makers and their inspirational work towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)!


- What you need to do if you seek real change

- How to combine ‘low tech’ and local context for maximum social impact

- Why patience and persistence are key

Hear from Henry Glogau and Nathan Baring - two winning team members from UNLEASH Greenland Lab! Their teammates Hörn Halldórudóttir Heiðarsdóttir, a Project Lead at Transition Labs, and Sofie Jordheim, a research assistant for The University of Bergen's Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation, couldn't join us for this chat, but have been just as pivotal in creating LooPoop.

LooPoop is a reimagined approach for the management of human waste in remote Arctic communities. It closes the loop and provides the potential for economic opportunities in local communities. The current situation in many remote Arctic communities is unsustainable and not environmentally friendly, with human waste being left out in nature or dumped into the ocean in plastic bags. Starting in the bathroom, Loopoop converts urine into fertilizer and turns the feces into soil. The soil and fertilizer can then be used for local food production. Loopoop’s mission is a clean environment and a sustainable and dignified waste management system that offers the opportunity for added value to a previously discarded resource.

Henry Glogau is a New Zealand Architect working at GXN Innovation in Copenhagen, Denmark. He specializes in Architecture in Extreme Environments, where his site-specific and 1:1 projects explore the interconnecting relationships between architecture, technology, people, and the environment.

Nathan Baring is a policy wonk and Master’s student in Arctic and Northern Studies at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He brings expertise in climate law, arctic policy and business development with a focus on diversifying Alaska’s oil-based economy and advocating for the unique interests of the Arctic region.

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