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There are four basic Hexayurt sizes which cover a variety of needs.
What is it? The Hexayurt is a refugee shelter system based on work done at the Rocky Mountain Institute. It uses an approach based on "autonomous building" to provide not just a shelter, but a comprehensive family support unit which includes drinking water purification, composting toilets, fuel-efficient stoves and solar electric lighting. Other systems can be added in a modular fashion.

Is this for real? Yes. Both the American Red Cross and the US Department of Defense have examined the Hexayurt system in detail and found that it has considerable merit and utility. I hope that we will see it in use by international agencies within two years. The best place to get started is to read the slides from the presentation Vinay Gupta gave at the Pentagon in December 2006: Pentagon Presentation (pdf) - 20 pages, not much text, and the best summary of the system we currently have online.

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New Dawn composting toilet

New Dawn composting toilet at a demonstration center in Costa Rica, helping treat human waste and provide fertilizer with a reduced bacteria count.

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Jun 22 Experimental Community Organising – Transition Hungary [1]

Jun 19 Community energy: The Case for Local, Community-led Sustainable Energy Programs [2]

Jun 19 Community energy USA: How Electricity Cooperatives in the US are Paving the Way for a Renewable Future [3]

Jun 17 Costa Rica Could Reach 300 Days Running on Clean Energy [4]

Jun 16 New York City: New York’s new climate program includes making friends — seriously. Here’s why. [5]

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Queen's Applied Sustainability Research Group completed projects and publications: This category lists completed projects for the Category:Queens Applied Sustainability Group. Following the individual links leads to a summary of the project and key findings, related Category:Queens Applied Sustainability Group Literature Reviews, Category:Queens Applied Sustainability Group Lab Protocols , and an open access version of the paper published in a peer reviewed journal.

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