Introduction to Policy Level Activism
Recode is hosting a free two day training in Portland October 4-5th

Our Mission

Recode legalizes sustainable practices for our built environment by building collaborative relationships with regulators and communities to transform codes.

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Educating & Activating Communities

Educating & Activating Communities

We create accessible understandable explanations of current code realities based on extensive research. We educate communities so they can effectively engage in code transformation to protect environmental & human health.
Identifying Code Barriers to Sustainable Design

Identifying Code Barriers to Sustainable Design

We identify regulatory barriers to ecological sanitation. Ecological sanitation protects water from pollution and transforms "waste" into a resource.
Changing Codes

Changing Codes

We legalized graywater reuse in 2010 and created a performance based composting toilet code through the Reach Code in 2011. We are currently advocating for systematic change to performance based codes for sanitation.

Recode Projects

Recode Draft Plumbing Code for Composting and Urine Diversion Toilets

We are submitting our latest code collaboration to IAPMO’s Green Plumbing Supplement this spring. We invite your feedback on our draft code. Email feedback on specific sections to molly (at)  Huge thanks to main author Mathew Lippincott and the entire working group that collabora

Introduction to Policy Level Activism October 4-5th 2014

Recode changes codes to legalize sustainable practices. We want to share our strategies and work with you to create an even larger impact. It is refreshing for policy makers to hear from community members especially when they come with well researched, solution based recommendations for our pressin

Advocating for Performance Based Codes

Performance based codes stipulate that systems remove a required amount of pollution from human “waste” before it is released to the land or water. Prescriptive codes only stipulate a systems look. Ecological sanitation has the potential to breakdown pharmaceuticals, unlike conventional wastewat

Ecological Sanitation Tour

Recode toured the state in 2012 to educate communities & regulators in Oregon about the benefits of creating "waste" treatment rules for Oregon that judge alternatives to septic and sewer systems on their performance and let alternatives compete on cost. Our goal was to lay the groundwork for a po

Legalized Graywater Reuse in Oregon

Recode organized the first public forum on graywater reuse in April 2008, co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainable Development. We invited the wider Portland community to discuss their desire for gray water reuse and their values around water. Recode mobilized a process that resulted in DEQ graywat

Legalized Site Built Composting Toilets in Oregon

Recode legalized site built composting toilets and non-NSF 41 certified manufactured composting toilets in 2011 through Reach Code 1307.4 amending OAR 918-465-0040 & 918-465-0070. Our performance based code protects human health while giving home owners an affordable option for installing compostin