Green Festival Speakers

Emmanuel Pratt

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Emmanuel Pratt earned his BArch from Cornell University, his MSAUD (Masters in Science of Architecture and Urban Design) from Columbia University, and is presently a doctoral candidate in the PhD program of Urban Planning also from Columbia University. While most of his early work was anchored in the field of architecture, Emmanuel work has since explored the role of art and interactive media as a key component of urban design, urban farming, and sustainability. Emmanuel spent several years working closely and traveling around the country with McArthur Genius Award winner Will Allen of Growing Power and is the co-founder and Executive Director for the Sweet Water Foundation. He is also the Director of Aquaponics for Chicago State University and teaches courses within the college of Arts and Sciences. Most recently, he has been featured as a guest speaker for the NSF ‘Challenges in Vertical Farming Workshop’ and received a 2013 Green Award from Chicago Magazine. Emmanuel's professional and academic work with the MacArthur/Mozilla Foundation supported AQUAPONS badge-based learning and The MYCELIA PROJECT concentrates on new paradigms for education and 21st century city planning through transformative processes of community development across the intersections of food security and sustainable design innovation.