Nearly a billion people in the world lack access to safe drinking water, two billion have inadequate sanitation facilities, and three billion use biomass for their daily energy needs.
Combined, these resource limitations are the leading causes of death, and economic and political insecurity. Exacerbating these problems are the international effects of climate change, expected to significantly impact developing countries by changing water and energy quality and availability.
The SWEETLab™ at Portland State University develops and implements technologies for the support of life in remote environments. We work with academic, industry and non-profit partners around the world, and are associated with the Portland State Institute for Sustainable Solutions.
A key thread of our research focuses on improving accountability and methodologies for international development through improved data collection.