Katherine “Kat” Steele

Kat is a permaculture activist, designer, educator, and founder of the Urban Permaculture Guild in Oakland. She facilitates workshops on natural building and permaculture as well as publicly speaks about eco-social design, city repair, and the power of placemaking. Trained in Ecovillage Design with the Findhorn Foundation of Scotland, Natural Building with Kleiwerks International, and Permaculture Design with the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, she also holds an MA in Creative Arts from San Francisco State University. She presently serves on the board of another Bay Area nonprofit organization devoted to peace, justice, and sustainablity, the NorCal Chapter of Architects, Designers, Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) in Berkeley. She recently became one of a 1,000 Climate Project trainees, empowered to present a version of Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth slide presentation. Kat lives in Oakland and is devoted to localization, believing it to be a key strategy towards sustainability and thriveability.