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Lonny Grafman

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

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Office Schedule

Courses taught and Developed

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Humboldt State University and Partner Universities in Parras, Mexico; Chiapas, Mexico; and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic:

University of Nevada Reno in partnership with the University of the Basque Country:

Humboldt County in partnership with College of the Redwoods and the California Conservation Corps:

Permaculture design course components and many other deep engagements:


Lonny Grafman is an Instructor of Environmental Resources Engineering and Appropriate Technology at Humboldt State University; the founder of the Practivistas summer abroad, full immersion, Spanish language and resilient community technology program in Dominican Republic; the Advisor for the epi-apocalyptic city art projects, Waterpod, Flock House, and WetLand; the Executive Editor of the International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering; the CEO of Propelsion, a design and creativity incubator in Humboldt County; and the Founder and President of the Appropedia Foundation, sharing knowledge to build rich, sustainable lives. He is also a board member of engaged community organizations such as Locally Delicious, Thrivable, and Ashevillage Institute.

Lonny has taught courses at universities in four countries and facilitated interactive workshops in dozens of locations. He has worked, and led teams, on hundreds of domestic and international projects across a broad spectrum of sustainability - from solar power to improved cookstoves, from micro-hydro power to rainwater catchment, from earthen construction to plastic bottle schoolrooms. Throughout all of these technology implementations, he has found the most vital component to be community.

Current Activities

Humboldt State University



Developing and teaching courses in sustainable design, appropriate technology, international development, the environment, and energy.


Chief Product Officer


Energy Made Visible

Appropedia Foundation



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


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."

Design Your Future

Co-Creator with Prof. Beth Eschenbach


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.


Founder, director, teacher


A summer immersion program in Spanish and Appropriate Technology since 2005. Founded, directed and taught, as well as co-founded and co-directed, programs in Parras de la Fuente, Mexico; San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico; and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Campus Center for Appropriate Technology

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."


Sustainability and Appropriate Technology Advisor, Volunteer Coordinator


"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."

Flock House

Sustainability Advisor


"Part fantastic and part practical living, mobile Flock House living systems are interstertial, are both autonomous and dependent on their local community and human relationships to care for, share amongst, collaborate, and corroborate with. As living systems, they are bridges for informal cross-discipline, cross-boundary, and cross-border notions of perimeter, property, and polity. Flock House represents migratory structures as part of a city’s ecology."




"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.

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Other Recent, Active, Organizational Work

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Select slide-shows can be seen at http://www.slideshare.net/lonny.

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  • InGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity by Tina Seelig ISBN 978-0062020703
  • Thrivability: A collaborative Sketch curated by Jean Russel
  • The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies and People Generate Great Ideas by David Burkus ISBN 978-1118611142
  • Open-Source Lab: How to Build Your Own Hardware and Reduce Research Costs by Joshua Pearce ISBN 978-0124104860
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