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Brooklyn Biogas Workshop

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Brooklyn Biogas Workshop

Date/Time: Saturday April 26 (9-5) & Sunday April 27 (9-3)


Holstee Work/Shop, 98 4th St, #106, Brooklyn, NY 11231


Biogas is “the original natural gas”. Put together materials similar to those used in making a compost pile, keep the stuff warm, wet, and away from the air, and bingo: a burnable gas is produced. Use it anywhere you might use fossil natural gas, but without the fracking.

On the weekend of April 26th-27th, in Brooklyn NY, David House, the author of The Complete Biogas Handbook (referred to by some as “the bible of biogas”), will be offering a biogas workshop. The first day of the workshop offers complete information about how to understand, successfully make and properly use biogas. David will show you examples of and provide plans you can use to make any of the four most common types of small scale biogas digesters (the sealed containers used to make biogas).

New laws and a changing approach to the environment in NYC (see information below) will mean that more of those who generate the kind of waste useful to make biogas— food waste from restaurants, for example— will need to be prepared to make changes. What if you knew how to build a digester and generate biogas from that food waste? David will show you the example of a small resturant in Oregon where, from food they are presently throwing away, they could generate perhaps 18,000 cubic feet of biogas every month!.

The second day will be mostly hands-on, but first you will learn the astonishing benefits of biogas, worldwide. Then those who have purchased a $30 kit will build their very own (it’s-yours-so-take-it-home) core for a very low-cost biogas digester. (If these digester cores are kept warm and well fed, they can produce enough gas for a family of 2 or 3 to cook all their meals, but the kits do not include insulation, a gas storage unit, stoves or other appliances.) Everyone who attends will get a copy of the Complete Biogas Handbook, and a CD containing the world’s best free information on biogas. Zero to biogas in two days!

Finally, at this workshop, a new, inexpensive, well insulated, 2 cubic meter digester design will be shown, and every participant will be given plans showing how to build it from widely available low-cost materiasl: a $175 value! (Kits will also be available.)

For further details or to sign up, please visit the complete biogas web site, at (Or if you wish, you can sign up by using the buttons, just below.)

Cost: $215 for two days, going from zero to biogas. Do you think that's too much? Well, here’s the thing. We are offering a satisfaction guarentee. If you're not satisfied that everything we have given you and that you are learning are worth the cost, then simply return all items to us by lunchtime on the first day, and we will refund your money.

Use this button to register and pay for the two-day workshop!


Use this button to buy a digester core kit (limit 20 for the whole workshop!)

Check out Pratt PSPD Students Final Projects!

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This Fall, Pratt PSPD’s introductory courses in City & Regional Planning and Historic Preservation focused their studies on the Lower East Side. The Historic Preservation program’s Documentation/Interpretation course worked in tandem with the Fundamentals studio to address issues focused on the needs of public housing tenants in the area, using a historic preservation lens. Check out the website below for the culmination of the Documentation/Interpretation course’s work!

Click Here!

Upcoming PSPD Events from LEAP!

|Fri. SEPTEMBER 20| Urban Green Council’s Sustainability Graduate Mixer

UESM will represent Pratt at the event. Hello networking!

RSVP here Please reply to this email if you’d like to go, as we can arrange to travel together!

UGC Graduate mixer

|NOVEMBER 20-22| Greenbuild International Conference and Expo

HUGE Opportunity! So close, so exciting, so much potential! Check out more info here

Please reply if you are at all interested! We hope to send as many students as possible for free…the sooner we get a ballpark # of interested student, the sooner we can apply for funding!

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Info on our first LEAP meeting will be coming soon. Feel open to contact us if you have any questions/ ideas/ thoughts etc.!


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Pratt PSPD and Pratt Institute in the News

Alec Appelbaum and Ron Shiffman both appeared in the New York Times recently, and Pratt received a Climate Leadership award!

RAMP Workshop on Public Housing and Disaster Response this Tuesday 6/18



With this week's announcements about further budget cuts and the closing of senior and community centers, on top of the land grab "land lease" proposal, this workshop is a timely discussion to continue to offer viable alternatives to NYCHA's plans. 


Responding to Disasters: natural and man-made. Defying NYCHA's looming budget cuts and proposing alternatives 

Sponsored by Pratt's RAMP Program in cooperation with Charas, CVH, CSS, GOLES, FUREE, Ocean Bay CDC and others

When:  Next Tuesday, June 18th from 6-8:30pm

Where: Pratt Manhattan 144 W 14 St. [btwn 6th and 7th Avenues] Room 707 

*To view more information about the topics be discussed at the workshop click here
*To view a list of upcoming workshops that will be held as part of RAMP click here 

Tokyo Planning and Urbanism Course 2013

From May 23 through June 9, students of Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture are traveling in Japan and conducting research on public space and historic preservation.  Professor Jonathan Martin, Ph.D. of Pratt’s City and Regional Planning department, is leading the course; his curriculum focuses on the urban design and architecture of Tokyo.  While the majority of the students are city planning graduate students, the course has also enrolled historic preservation graduate students, urban environmental systems management graduate students, and undergraduate architecture students.

Read more about their travels here on the course blog.












Professor Ron Shiffman received a much-deserved standing ovation at the Jane Jacobs Medal award ceremony. See below for a link which includes the press release for the award, a brief interview with him, and a copy of his full speech.

Link: Ron Shiffman, Jane Jacobs medal winner, speaks on his history, the importance of "qualitative growth," and role of DDDB