Our Research

Under the firm belief that a research-based approach is the most effective way to educate the public on the need for more clean, safe public restrooms and the options that are available, PFFC’s Downtown DC Public Restroom Initiative carried out four studies:

  • A feasibility study to determine the advisability of PFFC’s launching this Initiative, carried out in the Fall of 2014 by Mentor & Advisor Marcia Bernbaum. 
  • An inventory of restrooms in private facilities in five areas of Washington DC that have a high concentration of pedestrians and a sizable population experiencing homelessness,  carried out in 2015 by members of PFFC’s Public Restroom Committee – three of whom are currently members of DC Public Restrooms – Marcia Bernbaum, George Olivar, and Janet Sharp.
  • A study of experiences in Boroughs in England that are participating in the Community Toilet Scheme, upon which the Community Restrooms Incentive Pilot was designed, carried out in 2018 by Marcia Bernbaum.
  • A study of experiences of cites in the US and Canada that have purchase and installed and the Portland Loo, carried out in 2019 by Marcia Bernbaum.

These studies may be accessed below:

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