The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) has been promoting sustainable living for over 40 years. Established in 1976, we are a national nonprofit that helps people by championing small-scale, local, and sustainable solutions to reduce poverty, promote healthy communities, and protect natural resources. NCAT was originally created during the oil crisis of the 1970s to develop inexpensive energy-saving strategies for low-income communities.

  • Build Physical Infrastructure
  • Communicate and Engage
  • Develop and Deploy Technology
  • Plan
  • Shift Management Practices and Recurring Behavior

TNC globally works at more than 40 demonstration sites worldwide to use nature-based defenses to reduce communities’ risks to storms and protect and restore important coastal areas, engaging the insurance/reinsurance sectors and global banks and lenders to make natural infrastructure part of any coastal development insurance and lending decisions and partnering with engineering firms to include nature in new development designs.

  • Change Policy and Law
  • Communicate and Engage
  • Fund and Invest
  • Measure and Learn
  • Plan
  • Shift Management Practices and Recurring Behavior