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Lonny Grafman

I am Lonny, the founder of, feel free to ask me a question.

Campus Office Information

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University: Humboldt State University
Department: Environmental Resources Engineering
U.S. Phone: +1 (707) 826-3649 x1
Mexico Phone: +52 (628) 104-8407
School Email: lonnyAtsymbol.pnghumboldtDot.pngedu
Other Email: lonnyAtsymbol.pngappropediaDot.pngorg or just click (must be logged in) to email me.
Office Location: I am in Harry Griffith Hall 118B on the southwest corner of Harpst and B Streets - see bottom right marker on the interactive google map.
Feel free to leave comments at the discussion tab above

Office Schedule

Courses taught

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Humboldt State University and Partner Universities in Parras, Mexico and Chiapas, Mexico

University of Nevada Reno in partnership with the University of Bilbao, Spain:


Lonny Grafman is an Instructor of Environmental Resources Engineering and Appropriate Technology at Humboldt State University; the co-founder and instructor in a summer abroad, full immersion, Spanish language and appropriate technology program in Parras, Mexico; and the executive editor of the International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering. In addition, he is the President of The Appropedia Foundation, sharing knowledge to build rich, sustainable lives.

Academically, Lonny seeks ways to increase knowledge of the world through exposure and synthesis, highlighting that science, culture and language are inextricably linked. He seeks to demonstrate this connection through service-learning based education, working to improve existing conditions by leveraging local knowledge, materials, wealth and labor through transparency and stakeholder participation. Professionally, Lonny supports and develops tools to thrive, catalyzing and strengthening networks of positive change, to help us be better ancestors.

Current Activities


International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering

Executive Editor

"a free peer-reviewed electronic journal. The Journal welcomes manuscripts based on original work of students and researchers with a specific focus or implication for service learning in engineering, engineering entrepreneurship in service, or related service learning pedagogy."

the Appropedia Foundation


Promoting, facilitating and bolstering the sharing of knowledge to build rich, sustainable lives.

Design Your Future


Teaching university, service learning based, sustainable engineering design in high school to engage students in the design process and encourage their entry into higher education. Developing sustainable design as context for curriculum.

Parras de la Fuente Summer Program

Co-Founder, teacher

A summer immersion program in Spanish and Appropriate Technology since 2005.

Campus Center for Appropriate Technology

Advisor, Steering Committee member

"The mission of CCAT is to demonstrate appropriate technology in a residential setting, to provide hands-on experiential learning opportunities to Humboldt State University and the surrounding community, to collect and disseminate information about appropriate technology, to examine the ethical and social consequences of technology, and to dispel the myth that living lightly on the earth is difficult or burdensome. CCAT is dedicated to sustainability and seeks to help others live likewise."

Green Wheels

Advisory board member

"We're making the North Coast friendly for walking, biking and mass transit, to reduce carbon emissions, sprawl, and congestion, and make a stronger economy and improve health."

Humboldt Bay Center for Sustainable Living

Board of Directors

Constructing "a lodging facility, the Humboldt Bay Eco-Hostel, and Sustainable Living Center where visitors can experience the ease and beauty of environmentally sustainable living.

The Center will serve as a portal for visitors to access the natural and heritage assets of our region. The Project will be an inspiration to thousands of new visitors to the Northcoast. These visitors will include both those who stay at the Hostel and those who lodge at other establishments but visit the hostel site and grounds. Expenditures on lodging, meals and other goods and services will make a significant contribution to the well being of the local economy."

Full Belly Project

Board of Advisors

"The Full Belly Project, a non-profit dedicated to developing simple income generating devices to improve life for the world’s poorest, was today named a 2008 Tech Awards Laureate, The Full Belly Project is one of 25 global innovators recognized each year for applying technology to benefit humanity and spark global change. The Tech Awards, a signature program of The Tech Museum of Innovation, and presented by Applied Materials, Inc., selected The Full Belly Project from among hundreds of nominations representing 68 countries."


Sustainability and Appropriate Technology Advisor

"Waterpod™ is a floating, sculptural, eco-habitat designed for the rising tides. It will depart May 2009, from the Newtown Creek between Brooklyn and Queens, navigate down the East River, explore the waters of New York Harbor, docking at several Manhattan piers on the Hudson River before continuing onward. The Waterpod™ demonstrates future pathways for water-based innovations. As a sustainable, navigable living space, the Waterpod™ showcases the critical importance of the environment and art, serving as a model for new living, d.i.y. technologies, art, and dialogue."



"Thrivable is a solution-focused consulting and training network helping individuals and organizations to cultivate abundance by developing agility, resilience, and adaptability."

Locally Delicious

Board of Advisors

"Six women from the northern coast of California referring to themselves as "Heirloom Tomatoes" understand those changes and challenges and have put together a handbook for eating local with the intent of inspiring others to do the same." Now it is an organization doing even more. The second edition of the book is out and more projects are underway.

Other Recent, Active, Organizational Work

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Discussion tracking

Changes to community discussions & key policy pages
Contributions by Lonny to:
User talk pages
Article talk pages
Category talk pages
Appropedia talk pages

On Bible quotes there

Hi Lonny,.....

Thank you very much for pointing out the difference of opinion on appropriateness of Bible quotes here. I have no intentions to use the Appropedia space for religious propaganda.

I didn't know about the objections raised through the talk page because there were no email alerts from there for quite some time now. Having known, I am modifying the section.

It is true that I wanted to express my gratitude in public for having made me think differently & leave the beaten track. That is why that section title was chosen. The sentences of the body of that section were to be seen as quotations from a book that has the maximum number of copies printed ever in human history. More over it was felt that those are the sentences that could be framed in the most precise form to express the ideas in my mind. I could not make sentences crispier than these to convey those ideas. The links are given to ascertain the genuineness of the source and text.

It is felt that as much as I am happy, you also might be happy about the popularity of the page. Now a Google search of the words LONG WHEAT brings title of this page as the FIRST of the 85,400,000 results. It literally surprised me. I had never even dreamt about things going to this proportion.

Noticing this popularity I was thinking of seeking your valuable opinion on launching a pilot project to cure persons who are in very advanced stages of the disease - viz. Diabetes. I have no idea about what all are to be done and how to go about.

The findings of Dr. Roy Taylor of the Newcastle University, UK have added trustworthiness to the contents of the page.

Thank you Chris, Lonny, Munimortal, Teratornis & Yeahvle.

Shooter 23:51, 20 August 2011 (PDT)