This year, middle and high school students from across the U.S. took part in the first-ever Youth Design Challenge, learning how to use biomimicry to create solutions to climate change. From an oriental hornet-inspired method to increase the efficiency of solar panels, to a Saharan silver ant-inspired roof designed to stay cool in extreme heat, to a kelp and fish-inspired method of generating energy, and more, these students learned to apply lessons from nature to solve tough sustainability challenges.read more
Happy Earth Day, Homo sapiens! We sat down with our co-founder, Janine Benyus to talk about the most exciting things happening in the growing field of biomimicry — innovation inspired by nature. We asked her how business can be transformed by looking to ecosystems as...read more
By EcoRise and the Biomimicry Institute If you find yourself scrambling for ways to engage your students in environmental literacy, you’re not alone! Finding clever, hands-on lessons and activities in today’s STEM classrooms can be challenging for any topic,...read more
By Liv Scott Looking for a way to help a sustainable food system grow, Cullen Naumoff turned to nature. Driving down U.S. 20 toward Cleveland, Cullen Naumoff knew something had to change. Naumoff, director of sustainable enterprise for the Oberlin Project in Oberlin,...read more
By Dr. Taryn Mead This is the second of a two-part series to introduce Dr. Taryn Mead’s new book “Bioinspiration In Business And Management: Innovating For Sustainability”. More complete and academic findings will also be publicly available in her PhD...read more
A major reason that I pursued a PhD in biomimicry was to have the time and space to reflect on my experiences as a practitioner and consultant. I wanted to know why some organizations seem to embody the emulation of nature as an inherent part of their identity while others dabbled on a project or two and decided it didn’t work. As a reflective consultant, I was always looking for ways to serve my clients more effectively and enable a positive experience in their learning from nature. The majority of the last few professional years of my life have been dedicated to a seemingly simple question: What factors influence the adoption of nature-inspired innovation in multinational corporations?read more
Meet Alex Ralevski, a postdoctoral associate at Yale University who conducts translational research in plant biology and neuroscience. Her current work focuses on understanding fundamental biological mechanisms and their translation and practical application to animal and human biology. Alex is a contributing writer to AskNature.org, where she helps curate content on biological strategies and the ideas they’ve inspired. To learn more about Alex’s research, check out this video where she explains how plants that thrive in salty seawater can teach us how to design better ways of providing fresh drinking water in drought-prone areas.read more
In our latest installment of Meet a Biomimic, meet Dan Quinn, a researcher at the University of Virginia who is pioneering new ways of designing underwater and aerial robots by mimicking how fish and birds move. Read on to learn more about Dan’s research and check out this video to see his work in action.read more
By Tom McKeag When Arthur DeVries arrived at McMurdo Station in 1961, he was fresh from Stanford University where he had signed up for a 13-month stint to study the respiratory metabolism of the endemic Notothenioid fishes found in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica....read more
By Christophe Haubursin | Vox | 99% Invisible https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMtXqTmfta0 Japan’s Shinkansen don’t look like your typical train. They’re fast — so fast they coined the term “bullet train” — with long, pointed noses that let them reach speeds of up...read more
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When the members of Team NexLoop set out to design a water management system for urban food producers, they wanted to make it locally attuned, adaptable, and self-sufficient. With those design specs in mind, they searched for the best examples of how to develop a...read more
A year ago this October, Camila Hernandez and Camila Gratacós stood in front of 2,000 people on the National Bioneers Conference main stage and accepted the first-ever Ray of Hope Prize® for their nature-inspired soil restoration solution called BioPatch. The...read more
The path from farm to fork is fraught with issues. From how we grow our food, to how it's packaged and stored, how we choose where and what to eat, to what happens to our food waste, there are a lot of problems to be solved. One thing that we at the Institute can do...read more
Over the past year, Terrapin collaborated with Interface and Gensler on a series of preliminary studies to bring clarity to biophilic design trends in hospitality. Until now, our biophilic design research has been focused on workplace wellbeing, and we were surprised...read more
By John Anderson Lanier Executive Director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, and one of Ray's five grandchildren. I was 18 years old, and I was feeling the butterflies. I didn’t know where I was going, and Atlanta isn’t the easiest town to navigate. In fact, that...read more
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