Sustainable P Initiative blog

Sustainable P Initiative Blog

This is from the blog of ASU’s Sustainable Phosphorus Initiative.

The editor and chief blogger is Jim Elser (Regents’ Professor, School of Life Sciences). Guest bloggers include Mac Gifford (PhD candidate, ASU Fulton School of Engineering), Jared Stolzfus (PhD candidate, ASU School of Sustainability), and Neng Iong Chan (PhD student, ASU School of Life Sciences). Blog entry editing is provided by Rimjhim Aggarwal (Professor, ASU School of Sustainability).

But Trees Can Grow on Money: Blue Plains WWTP Tour

The Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant in Washington DC manages biosolids with thermal hydrolysis (small silver tanks) and anaerobic digestion (large tan tanks). The solids can be composted with....Read More

Output of P RCN Meeting in D.C., May 2015

On May 18-21, 2015, scientists of the P Sustainability Research Coordination Network (RCN) reconvened in Washington, D.C. for the third annual P RCN meeting. In this meeting, the P RCN moves....Read More

Urinals Save the Day

My longtime friend and college roommate is one of four sons in his family.  His mother got so sick of cleaning the bathroom that served these inaccurate marksmen growing up....Read More

The Case for Source Separation


Source separation is a major intervention currently proposed in nutrient management with major potential to improve P reuse.  Source separation refers to keeping liquid human waste separate from solid human....Read More

Researchers have a role to play in decreasing inequality in access to phosphorus: Thoughts from the Sustainable Phosphorus Summit

Author:  Genevieve Metson

Phosphorus as a major concern

From September 1st to September 3rd 2014, scientists from around the world met at the Sustainable Phosphorus Summit 2014 in Montpellier to discuss how....Read More

Twelve Steps to P Recovery

Tens of thousands of people worldwide have overcome addiction using the Twelve Step Program originally proposed by Alcoholics Anonymous in 1939.  They have used these guiding principles to overcome deep....Read More

SOIL in Haiti

In Haiti, a unique enterprise was created that improves public health while contributing to P cycling. SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods)  was created in 2006 in order to both improve....Read More

Output from the Young Scientist Workshop, Montpellier, France, August 31st, 2014.

In August 31, 2014, there were 42 young scientists from 20 countries gathered together at Montpellier, France at the Young Scientist Workshop in the midst of the phosphorus (P) week.....Read More

Anaerobic digesters and P recovery

This past summer I visited India to explore organic waste management operations that contributed to nutrient cycling. In today’s post I will discuss Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd (JISL). Founded on a....Read More

EPA Defines Waters of the United States

The US Environmental Protection Agency has released a draft definition of the term “waters of the United States” as covered by the Clean Water Act (CWA). The CWA regulates entities....Read More