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Occupy Sustainability

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Bicycle generator from the Waterpod

Below is a living collection of technologies that can be (or are being) implemented at various Occupy camps and other temporary, autonomous camps. This is just a start, please add to it by clicking edit or discuss the page on the talk page.

Energy generation[edit]

Human power[edit]

Using a bike, you can generate around 150W of continuous power. E.g.:

Solar and wind[edit]

A 100W photovoltaic panel can cost under $100 will produce 100W for a certain number of hours a day depending on the amount of full sun as found at http://www.nrel.gov/gis/solar.html. Solar photovoltaic software lists software that can help with design and Photovoltaics#Sizing a PV System covers some of the basics. Example systems include:

Cooking and dehydrating[edit]

Cooling and refrigeration[edit]

Used cooking oil and fats combined heat and power systems (CHP)[edit]


An effective greywater treatment system used at Occupy Wall Street to water Zuccotti Park's plants, October 2011[1]


Water may be plentiful in the city when it's raining (especially if you can access the outlet of a drainpipe) but will be affected by pollutants, and needs to be properly filtered before use for drinking cooking. Wait for the water to run for a while first (at least 15 min, depending how heavy the rain is - longer is better) - this lets the water wash away pollutants from the air and the roof, leaving you with much cleaner water.


Wastewater treatment[edit]

Human waste[edit]


Other structures[edit]

Information technology[edit]

Some images[edit]


  1. Sanitation Issues Faced By Occupy Wall Street Protesters, Janelle Vaesa, Decoded Science, October 15, 2011

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