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Recent CEE graduate receives $5,000 to develop sustainable compost toilets

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Photo: Elaine Kung '15 (second from left) and D-Lab instructor Libby Hsu (far right) with other members of the MIT and Salvadoran team in front of a newly completed compost toilet. In August, with support from MIT Tau Beta Pi, Kung will continue work she began with a D-Lab team on the redesign of a compost toilet for the Salvadoran rural health organization ASAPROSAR.

CEE graduate Elaine Kung ’15 has been awarded $5,000 by the MIT engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi to continue her inspiring work on the design of compost toilets in El Salvador. In January, Kung traveled to Santa Ana to work on their compost toilet design and involve community members in an exploration of different materials and construction techniques. “It’s really meaningful to be able to continue the work I did with D-Lab over the fall semester and IAP, because it helps ensure that this project will be able to have a greater impact and be sustainable in the long term,” she said. Her goal is to reduce the production cost for compost toilets, and make them more affordable for the local community. For the article, please see here.