Center for Permaculture and Appropriate Technology




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Permaculture is an establishment of perennials and trees and shrubs that produce food and create habitats for helpful birds and insects, outputting more food than monoculture farming without the use of chemicals and fertilizers; this will be realized onsite with a “food forest“. Appropriate technology is people-centered applications that are small-scale, decentralized, labor-intensive, energy-efficient, environmentally sound, and locally controlled. The Center for Permaculture and Appropriate Technology (CPAT) puts solutions to each of these challenges front and center.

Further explore the problems and solutions we identified, in these four focus areas:

  1. Food
  2. Water
  3. Transportation
  4. Energy






● Parker Williams. LEED AP,Graduate Architect who has a B.Arch and M.Arch 2 and studied in Malaysia and Denmark, and specializes in ecohousing for residential and commercial environments.

● Ryan Lakes. Architectural professional with BS in environmental design and B.Arch, aiming to bring about a more pedestrian scaled built environment in Chicago.
● Margaret Rose-Spyker, LEED GA, Sustainability planner with an MA in Geospatial Engineering, and specializes in outdoor rooms and food bearing urban landscapes.
● Steven Vance. Transportation planner and reporter with BA Sociology and Master in Urban Planning trying to build a bicycle culture in Chicago.


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