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Dr. Jeff Wilson is proud to be a homeowner on the east side of Austin.

"Everything's within reach. It's a studio," he said.

It's been four months since Wilson moved into a dumpster, as part of a Huston-Tillotson University sustainability project.

"We're getting all our water from Town Lake right now...filtered," explained Wilson.

He boils the water and uses it for bathing and cooking.

People continue to wonder just how he's surviving.

Wilson added, "Eventually, this thing will be fully tricked out. This is what it'll look like in the end."

These design mockups show eventual upgrades like a balcony, solar paneling and a shower.

"One of the great things about this project is that our students have got to help on some of the design work and experience living in the dumpster," Wilson said.

Professor dumpster, as his students call him, is an associate professor of Biological Sciences at HT.

Wilson said, "They make the point that they can't get WIFI, which I assume is to work on their homework."

He’s trying to prove people can have a pretty good living on much less.

Since we last visited, the dumpster's been upgraded with solar-powered lights, an I-phone charger and storage space.

"We have a modular floor with all my clothing here. We've got bedding here. A pillow, a blanket and of course, a mosquito net. Then, over here, we've got the kitchen," he said.

Wilson offered to make me his specialty; Turkish coffee with water from Town Lake.

Wilson said, "It's about six nights a week that I'm in here."

He's got eight more months to go and while we were there it was already almost 98 degrees inside the dumpster.

"I'm really excited about moving into the next phases with the students...I'm very excited about air conditioning," Wilson said.

There are two phases left in the project. A fundraiser has begun to get this poor guy an air conditioner, among other amenities. For more information click here.

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