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 appropriate technology program in Dominican Republic; the Advisor for the Waterpod and Flock House; the Executive Editor of the International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering; and the Founder and President of the Appropedia Foundation, sharing knowledge to build rich, sustainable lives.

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