From Human Rights to Humus: One Woman's Efforts to Transform Waste into Resources in Haiti
Lecture by Dr. Sasha Kramer, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL).
Dr. Kramer will present an overview of current conditions in Haiti and SOIL's work. She will discuss the role of women in promoting environmental justice, and talk about the role of academia in creating social and environmental change. This will be an interdisciplinary talk with an open discussion at the end. All are welcome.
Dr. Saha Kramer is an ecologist and human rights advocate who has been living and working in Haiti since 2004. She received her Ph.D. in Ecology from Stanford University in 2006 and co-founded SOIL that same year. Sasha is currently an Adjunct Professor of International Studies and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Latin Maerican Studies at the University of Miami. She is also a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and an Architect of the Future with the Waldzell Institute.
Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL) is a non-profit that has been working on transforming wastes into resources in Haiti since 2006. SOIL uses ecological principles to address the basic human rights issues of sanitation, food, and access to a healthy environment in some of Haiti's most vulnerable urban communities. Through a technology called ecological sanitation, SOIL transforms human wastes into fertile soil that can be used for agriculture, reforestation, and restoration of fragile ecosystems.