top of page


Trapanese Engineering 2.0’s comprehensive, sustainable package of poverty-eradication solutions, AKA the TE2.0 Agrarian Shelter System, (US Patent # 62/262,228; dependent patents pending), utilizes multiple disciplines to effect reasonable solutions to extreme poverty. The package offers individuals and corporations substantial returns on their investments while granting them a green and global presence.


A highly-favorable adjunct to this system includes the implementation of its technologies to Sustainable Urban Planning and Development in both industrialized and developing nations. Utilization of this system mitigates the need for costly infrastructure during construction of new housing developments. Water Conservation is a profound benefit of this set of technologies.


Global Prosperity

Pete Trapanese

Lisa Trapanese

The Vision

Poverty Alleviation, Sustainable Real Estate Development

The goal of Trapanese Engineering 2.0 is the alleviation of moderate to extreme poverty throughout the world. Implementing the TE2.0 Agrarian Shelter System to venues from domestic (US) communities to distant arid regions of developing nations will solve much of the agricultural issues vis-à-vis famine, squalor and displaced and disenfranchised individuals and villages.


The definition of poverty is the absence of the following needs: 

  • Livable, Sanitary Shelter

  • Clean Water

  • Sanitary Sources of Nutritious Food

  • Clothing

  • Economic Viability


In addition to filling these most basic needs listed above, the TE2.0 Agrarian Shelter System offers further health and lifestyle advantages:

  • Maintenance of the Family Unit

  • A Healthy Social Environment

  • A Broad Range of Educational Opportunities

  • Expression and Expansion of Cultural Identity

  • Access to Technology

  • Generation of Clean Energy Sources

  • Sanitary Home Maintenance

  • Medical First Aid

  • Renewable needs:

    • Water

    • Food

    • Clothing

  • Economic Health through Manufacture and Sales:

    • Construction Materials

    • Textiles

    • Electronics

    • Biofuels

    • Agricultural Support Products

    • Personal Care Products

    • Home and Household Maintenance Products

    • Educational Materials


Unlike ineffectual solutions that address single needs, the comprehensive TE2.0 Agrarian Shelter System is a resource for individual families to whole villages to be completely self-sufficient while establishing a safe base from which to utilize technologies, materials and education to further their economic positions and thrive as a society. Rather than offering mere well water and a season of grain handouts, individuals and villages alike will have the options to produce saleable commodities and to educate others as to the opportunities found when entering the global market. All recipients of the TE2.0 Agrarian Shelter System, inclusive of micro-enterprise loans, are encouraged to produce items that would broaden their cultures’ presence in the world market while generating profits for themselves and their investors.



Financial investment – in the form of shelter units, computers, business start-up materials and micro-loans – in the well-being of those who would otherwise be displaced and disenfranchised under current politico- and socio-economic conditions, further generates a substantial ROI in a 5-year period – while immensely improving the quality of life of those recipients of the TE2.0 Agrarian Shelter System.


Alternate investment opportunities in domestic land development offer real estate investors a more rapid ROI. As an example, Commercial Real Estate investment in planned Arizona desert communities would greatly benefit from the environmental appeal and implementation of an urban/suburban/rural housing plan, AKA "Mixed Use", which would utilize the broader precepts of the TE2.0 Agrarian Shelter System. Many such opportunities currently exist in the Arizona Sun Corridor located between and inclusive of Yavapai and Santa Cruz counties. The combined populations of the two metropolitan areas that lie within the Sun Corridor, Phoenix and Tucson, currently amass to approximately five-million, and it is projected to double by the year 2040. Many presently defunct planned developments in this region failed to reach fruition due to investment fraud exacerbated by the temporary recession from which we are now emerging. These areas are primed for a new, alternative solution to both the expected housing boom and its resultant water requirements. The Urban Planning option utilizing the principles applied to the TE2.0 Agrarian Shelter System offers a perfect solution to the impending real estate development and water demands of this arid desert region.


In-house Design Engineering and support from outside contractors and consultants are listed in the following section, "Company Profile".

Company Profile

Coalescing Interests

My father, Pete Trapanese, was an Environmental Engineer. He was degreed in Heat Exchange, Fluid Dynamics, Pumps, Valves, and Turbines, and he was well-versed in both physical and chemical principles as they apply to water purification. He loved the agricultural sciences and environmental engineering, and he was always enthusiastic and driven by the possibilities inherent in those interests. Those who knew of his work in algal production and advanced waste-water engineering often commented that "He was ahead of his time".


As I have genuine interest in the same technologies, particularly as they can be coalesced to effect viable solutions to extreme poverty throughout the world, they are related to my homage to his memory as a brilliant, innovative, exceedingly creative engineer, inventor, humanitarian and wonderful father. I have established my organization, Trapanese Engineering 2.0, to honor my brilliantly innovative father’s memory. The “2.0” is not meant to imply “a better iteration”. Rather, it is meant as a nod to my position as not only the second generation American, but the second generation of Trapanese Engineering, as his business was called Trapanese Engineering, Inc. from the early 1980s. Trapanese Engineering 2.0 is the coalescence of our combined interests in Architecture and Mechanical and Agricultural Bio-Engineering.


I am in an unusually favorable position to recognize brilliant scientists and inventors who supplement my father’s creative innovations, such that I use the sensibilities that he taught me to select the most efficient applications of a variety of technologies for their integration into the Trapanese Engineering 2.0’s comprehensive, sustainable package of poverty-eradication solutions.


In order of implementation into the design, the following is a list of the suppliers and members of my advisory board as they provide the most sustainably advantageous, cost-efficient, innovative products and environmental designs. The following list represents the resources who are instrumental in the development of the pilot facility in Southern Arizona: 


  • The Shelter: Green Rhino Building Systems (GRBS) was founded by Dan Dwyer in 2006 after his working with Don Grieb, A.I.A., and learning about his patented MacroTherm building system. Dan was chosen by me as architectural and construction consultant for his parallel interest in micro-house construction for poverty eradication and his similar interests in architectural construction material's potential to utilize waste streams. Additionally, he possesses the technologies to utilize inert waste plastics as insulation. The wall thicknesses are preferable to those of his competitors, and the versatility in achieving rectilinear forms as well as precisely-manufactured curvilinear forms broadens the creative applications of many forms that far surpass conventional construction.


  • The Wastewater Treatment System: Arizona Wastewater Design utilizing AquaKlear Dual-Phase Aerobic Digesters – Mr. Dan Smith and Mr. Jeff Smith, Flagstaff, AZ. Dr. Peter Livingston, a wastewater engineering professor at the University of Arizona, Tucson in the ABE (Agricultural Biosystems Engineering Department) and Owner President of Bosque Engineering in Tucson will be providing consultation on excavation, wastewater design refinement with his particular expertise on agricultural wastewater systems. 


  • Small-Scale Methane-to-BioPropane conversion utilizes a new gas-plasma process created by Engineer, CEO and Company President, Lauren Scott, of Alkcon, Corp.


  • Irrigation: Hydroponic, Aquaponic, Agronomic, Animal Watering and Washdown systems will be planned by Lisa Trapanese and installed by technicians.


  • Plumbing and HVAC: plumbing and home utilities will be effected by local tradesmen per Lisa’s plumbing and HVAC designs.


  • Algal Production: AlgaeTech, Malaysia


  • Gasification/Pyrolysis: Superior Gasification, Lees Summit, MO. Alternatively, a fine Gasification/Pyrolysis unit designed and built by the engineering firm, All Power Labs in Berkeley, CA received high acclaim at the 2015 Paris Climate conference, AKA COP21. 


  • Aquaponics: Aquaponic System Design, will be evaluated and amended by Dr. Chito Sace, PhD, Professor and Extension Specialist of Environmental Science and his grad' students from the University of Arizona, Tucson.


  • Education: Lisa Trapanese has been a Private Tutor, classroom Teacher and a K12 Home-School Teacher since 1987. She is currently a doctoral student in Education with an emphasis in Learning, Instruction and Innovation. The curriculum has an Instruction Design for eLearning component which has direct application to the educational refinement of this project. The University of Arizona, Tucson's Education Department will be contributing and modifying existing primary and secondary education models, and technical training pertaining to the maintenance of the households, machinery, packaging and small business.


  • Micro-Enterprise: Beyond subsistence, a successful design implements at least a microenterprise component such that residents produce saleable, hand-crafted items that will ensure residents’ economic viability. The University of Arizona, Tucson's Eller School of Business Management will contribute graduate students to effect suitable business plans unique to the individual requirements for micro-financing and business development.

bottom of page