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The ReSource Institute for Low Entropy System's (RILES) efforts in the United States are focused on education. Our activities in the US include: writing for magazines, publishing on the Internet, university lecturing, conference planning and participation, and organizing to prevent the land disposal of sewage sludge.


RILES is actively working with grassroots organizations around the country to stop the disposal of sewage sludge on land. Sludge is a toxic waste and should never be used as a fertilizer or soil amendment. You can find more information about it on ReSource's Library page and on our Links page.

On November 2, 2001, RILES participated in a one-day conference about the land disposal of sludge. The conference explored the public health risks and impacts of sewage sludge and was sponsored by the Boston University School of Public Health. The proceedings have been published in New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, Volume 12, Number 4, 2002.

In October 2003, RILES helped organized 72 farm, labor, and environmental organizations to petition the EPA to ban the land application of sewage sludge. This action is part of a long-term commitment to changing sludge policy in the United States.

The Program for the Ecology of Human Systems

Boston University and the ReSource Institute have established the Program for the Ecology of Human Systems (PEHS) at the Boston University School of Public Health. PEHS seeks to increase popular understanding of the implications to human and environmental health of technological choices and to influence public policy respecting those choices.

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