As populations expand and the climate changes, demands on global water supplies are being put to the test. In response globally, Kohler is one company leading the charge to develop technologies that will help preserve this precious resource.
Recently, Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former US President and founder of the Clinton Global Initiative, Bill Clinton, recognised companies making a difference in the global water scarcity issue – and Kohler was on the list.
The elegant Kumin kitchen mixer
Kohler CIO and VP of Sustainability Davor Grgic (pictured fourth from the left) stood alongside partner World Vision, in recognition of their commitment to provide one new person with clean water every 10 seconds by 2020.
Global leaders, including Sir Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Jack Ma convene at this CGI Annual Meeting to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. In addition, Kohler participated in a panel discussion on ‘water scarcity’ which addresses world water supply and access issues.
Refer to earlier posts in relation to the Bill Gates Reinvent the Toilet blogs for Kohler involvement in this field.
Kohler will once again feature in an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. Uneven Growth – Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities will be staged from November 22, 2014 to May 10, 2015 and will be accompanied by a publication showcasing the exhibition projects and essays by leading urban and architectural scholars.
With a global population expected to be around 8 billion by 2030 the exhibition is a collaboration of six interdisciplinary teams of researchers and practitioners to look at new architectural possibilities for six global metropolises – Hong Kong, Istanbul, Lagos, Mumbai, New York and Rio de Janeiro.
Kohler, in partnership with CalTech and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, developed a solar-powered water treatment/toilet project that will form part of the exhibition. The toilet was the winning entry, from CalTech, in the Re-invent The Toilet Challenge sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The foundation mounted the challenge in response to the 2.5 billion people around the world who do not have access to safe sanitation.
Kohler supports "Reinvent the Toilet" Challenge
The mobile restroom, equipped with a freestanding, self-contained wastewater treatment system powered by the sun generating both hydrogen and electricity, is equipped with Kohler toilets and bathroom fixtures that provide the essential interface between the user
and the waste system.
Kohler's "Reinvent the Toilet Challenge" goes to the India Fair
Kohler was originally featured in the MoMA in 1929 with an exhibition entitled “Modern bath and dressing room”. Showcasing the bathroom of the future the exhibit showcased a black Universal bath and Deauville basin together with chrome Cellini tapware – teamed with finishes of black and pink tiles.
Kohler exhibits at MoMA 1929 with "Exhibition of a Modern Bath and Dressing Room."
Kohler Co and Caltech’s joint development of a photovoltaic toilet, part of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, has reached the next milestone in its two-year collaborative journey.
To coincide with World Water Day (March 22) the two completed units were shipped to India, first to be displayed at the Delhi Reinvent the Toilet Fair and then to be installed and tested in India.
Kohler's solar powered toilet travels to Delhi for the "Reinvent the Toilet Fair"
The development of these next-generation toilets was in response to the 2011 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation challenge to develop a toilet capable of delivering safe and sustainable sanitation to the 2.5 billion people worldwide who are currently denied this basic necessity. Each toilet is powered by solar panels and features a self-contained water purification and disinfection system that allows water to be reused and does not require wastewater disposal.
Every aspect of the toilet, from the carefully specified plumbing products inside to the colourful décor on the exterior, was chosen (with input from Kohler Co’s Indian team) to best assimilate the Indian culture. This is to ensure fast and easy acceptance of the new technology by the Indian community.
Kohler contributes to "Global Reinvent the Toilet Challenge" Kohler next generation toilet at Reinvent the Toilet Fair in Delhi
We’ll keep you up to speed with the next milestone on this journey in conjunction with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.