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It's six by six feet. You can touch all four walls when you stand inside.

For the next 12 months, this dumpster will be Dr. Jeff Wilson's new home.

"I would like to show that it can be done. We will see if that pans out. If you really can live in 1% the size, use 1% the water, use 1% the electricity and produce 1% the waste," said Wilson.

He is a Dean at Huston-Tillotson University and associate professor of Biological Sciences.

"We have cleaned it thoroughly," he added.

I asked, "What aspect of this will you not be looking forward to?"

"Well, I can tell you several things that my girlfriend is not looking forward to," laughed the professor. "The weather."

Dr. Wilson and his girlfriend Clara Bensen have been dating for ten months.

Clara said, "We spend a lot of time together. We were living together before he moved into here."

She admits Wilson told her about his passion project since day one.

"It's going to be an adjustment. I'm not going to be living there, obviously, but I told him I'll give it a try," added Clara.

The project is three phases.

For the first six weeks, this (handicap portable toilet) is going to be his new bathroom and as far as drinking water and bathing water, he'll have to get that himself, by bucket.

Clara said, "I'm going to make him take a shower when he comes over to visit me because I'm pretty sure there's gonna be some issues in the hygiene department."

"In the average American Dumpster Home Phase, we are actually gonna link into the grid and measure how much water and energy we use as we add appliances," said Wilson. "The Uber Dumpster Phase, the third one, we'll actually have solar panels. We'll actually be putting power back on the grid when we produce more than we use."

"I'll give it a try, a night or two, to see what it's like, but there's not really room for two people in there, especially if he's sleeping diagonally," admitted Clara.

"Several people suggested using a shipping container, but that would just be too easy," he said.

Wilson and his students are trying to raise awareness of sustainability efforts, especially among minority communities.


Professor Dumpster Twitter Handle: @ProfDumpster

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