Anoop Jain is a Global Citizen

Anoop Jain

Anoop Jain is the founder of Humanure Power and the winner of the 2014 Waislitz Global Citizen Award.

Anoop Jain, a 2013 alumnus of the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, has won the 2014 Waislitz Global Citizen Award. Mr. Jain is the co-founder of Humanure Power which builds public toilet facilities in rural communities in India that turn the methane gas from human waste into power. The electricity they generate is then used to power a water filtration system that allows the team to distribute clean water at competitive, market rate prices.

“This award further validates the work we’ve been doing, which we couldn’t do without our networks of supporters and funders,” said Mr. Jain, 27. He and his team will be meeting with industry leaders on how best to use the $100,000 award money, with the goal of opening three more toilet facilities in India.

Launching the Humanure Power facility more than two months ago posed some unique challenges, he said. Residents frequented the facility — which includes eight toilets each for men and women — early in the morning and late in the evening, when it was too dark to walk safely to the toilets. The Humanure Power team promptly set up a network of lights elevated on bamboo poles, effectively lighting the streets in the area.

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The Humanure Power team’s first facility opened in July in the Supaul district of Bihar, India, where toilets for men and for women provide power to the community.

“One hundred and fifty people used the facility the next day,” Mr. Jain said.

While at Tulane University, Mr. Jain participated in the Changemaker Institute, an accelerator program for student-led social ventures facilitated by the Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT).

The Humanure team includes other Tulane public health graduates as well as a current student and a graduate from the School of Architecture.

–Madeline Vann

Online Extra: Learn more about the Humanure Power Project in this video.

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About Tulane University SPHTM

Tulane's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is the oldest school of public health in the country and the only American school of tropical medicine. Our mission is to advance public health knowledge, promote health and well-being, and prevent disease, disability, and premature mortality. This is accomplished through academic excellence in education of public health professionals, rigorous scientific research of public health problems, creative partnerships to advance the practice of public health, and innovative service to the local, national, and international public health community.
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