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Mission Statement

The Development Center for Appropriate Technology (DCAT) was founded in 1991 as a 501(c)(3) public service nonprofit organization for the purpose of supporting the development and use of sustainable approaches to meeting human and ecological needs through the appropriate use of technology. We know that today's complex problems cannot be solved by using technology independent of its context. To be appropriate, technology must be connected to the place, resources, economics, culture, and impacts of its use. We carry out our work in that larger context through a variety of interrelated projects based on principles of education, leadership, leverage, and synergy.

Current Projects

See our Accomplishments 2001.

In particular, we conducted a survey, Assessing the Barriers to More Sustainable Construction: A Survey of Building Codes and Regulations. We plan to have results available by the end of 2001.

Please contact Tony Novelli at tony@dcat.net for more information in getting involved with:

ASTM Earthen Materials Task Group

USGBC Greening of the Codes Committee

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