Senior Joel Veenstra and Sanergy plan modular ‘sanitation centers’
A team of MIT students including CEE senior Joel Veenstra formed Sanergy, a company that plans to build thousands of modular “sanitation centers” in developing countries to provide an alternative to defecating in the open, which can contaminate drinking water. People could purchase low-cost memberships to use these facilities, and entrepreneurs could convert the waste into much-needed biogas and organic fertilizer. Sanergy has built two centers in Kenya and is analyzing data from those to improve future efforts. Read a news story.