The Resource Institute for Low Entropy Systems (RILES) works to protect and restore human health and ecosystem integrity, with a special focus on water and soils.
We have been at work helping people in the U.S. and abroad for almost 30 years. Through research, teaching, and practical action (such as demonstration projects) we aim to influence the conversation and practices around ecological sanitation and sustainable food systems. Our projects are at the intersection of community development, technological innovation, and public health. For example, "The Healthy Heart of the Home" is a RILES project in Chemax, Mexico. Our local partner is the Grupo Ecologico Zayab-Ha, which - among other things - works with community members to organize and build stand-alone kitchens that include a beautiful, odorless, attached compost toilet; hand sink; shower; greywater recycling system with garden; and ventilated, wood burning stove that reduces wood use. Also in Chemax, we will begin a soil imrpovement, healthy food, and economic empowerment program with an indigenous women's group, Kiimak'ool Ko'olel, later this year. Please stay tuned for information about projects and partnerships in Ghana, Nicaragua, Cambridge, MA, and elsewhere.
RILES is a nonprofit organization. If you have any questions or would like to make a donation, please contact our executive director, Laura Orlando.