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‘Seedkit’ helps plant biomimicry inspiration for cities of the future

March 18th, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Planning, Policy, Structures, Water|Sectors: , , |

'Seedkit' helps plant biomimicry inspiration for cities of the future

It’s a remarkable (and 100% achievable!) vision: Imagining how nature’s genius can help transform design and create sustainable cities of the future. A new toolkit from Urban Greenprint is exploring how employing biomimicry can manage waterflow, drawing from strategies found in the rainy Pacific Northwest. The wonderfully-named Seedkit allows users to easily explore an awesome set of water management ideas–all inspired by nature.

Curated by Jenna Cederberg

Commonwealth looks to reverse climate change, with the help of biomimicry

November 13th, 2016|Categories: Carbon, Climate Change, Organizations, Planning, Policy|Sectors: , |

Commonwealth looks to reverse climate change, with the help of biomimicry

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 52 countries around the world–many island nations–that are home to 2.2 billion people. In its effort to find fresh perspectives for potential innovation to combat climate change, Secretary-General Patricia Scotland invited Biomimicry 3.8 co-founder Janine Benyus to share biomimicry-based solutions at the Commonwealth’s Regenerative Development to Reverse Climate Change Workshop.
“If we can put pilot projects down on the ground in Commonwealth countries it will be like piloting the sort of regenerative world we need to create, making use of different biospheres, countries with different profiles,” Janine said in this Guardian article.

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Shaping a sustainable future through living materials

September 24th, 2016|Categories: Architecture, Engineering, Materials, Planning, Policy|Sectors: |

Shaping a sustainable future through living materials

The U.S. Department of Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is taking a serious look at how looking to nature–and gaining inspiration from all its living materials–can help shape a sustainable future through living building materials. This Green Building Elements article details a new Engineered Living Materials (ELM) program launched by the agency to create an entirely new set of construction materials. It’s exciting to see all that’s already in the pipeline, and all the planned work ready to be done.

Janine-01Curated by Janine Benyus

Science-based metrics crucial to climate change fight

August 20th, 2016|Categories: Carbon, Climate Change, Policy|Sectors: , |

Science-based metrics crucial to climate change fight

This is the third article in a Sustainable Brands series about the need to use science-based metrics to help set our climate change goals. These articles are focused on carbon and talk about the “what” and “why” of science-based metrics. As Biomimicry 3.8 continues work with ecological performance standards (setting performance goals based on how reference habitats perform), I’m happy to see that the term science-based metrics is seeping into business language.

Jamie-01Curated by Jamie Dwyer

Cost-savings shown for property that functions like native ecosystem

August 5th, 2016|Categories: Planning, Policy|Sectors: , |

Cost-savings shown for property that functions like native ecosystem

Ecological Performance Standards help property owners understand how their land should be functioning if it were a healthy native ecosystem.  The next scale would be to apply EPS to regions. In this newly published paper, scientists were able to identify specific cost-savings and increased functionality obtained when the changes were implemented at a landscape-level instead of at property-level.

Jamie-01Curated by Jamie Dwyer

Novozymes leverages nature’s technology to solve big challenges

June 13th, 2016|Categories: Climate Change, Policy|Sectors: |

Novozymes leverages nature’s technology to solve big challenges 

Novozymes, a global biotech company, has adopted the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) as a framework to drive sustainability. The company believes this framework will support their quest to use biology to solve some of the worlds most complex challenges. Read more at Sustainable Brands.

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Human insights worth mimicking come with conditions

June 12th, 2016|Categories: Policy, Social Innovation|Sectors: , , , |

Human insights worth mimicking come with conditions

Even humans offer insights worth mimicking, but only if we are honest about what it means to be a “social species, born in community with responsibilities towards that community,” as noted in this Evonomics article. Biomimicry applications towards social innovation demand that we understand not only natural selection, but human evolutionary biology, as well.

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Ecosystem lessons to curb city impacts on weather

May 20th, 2016|Categories: Carbon, Engineering, Planning, Policy, Social Innovation, Structures, Waste, Water|Sectors: |

Ecosystem lessons to curb city impacts on weather

When explaining Ecological Performance Standards to people, I often use the example of how cities can change things like how the monsoon rains in India affect an area. This article from Physics.org outlines some interesting research about the ways cities affect weather. It’s fascinating to consider that the 3D shape of buildings and cities were directing the movement of humidity and pollutants. Now that we are beginning to understand the effect buildings and cities can have, it’s more important than ever to find out how a healthy reference habitat would be perform, and what effect individual functions have on the larger system.

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New climate change site includes ‘natural systems’

May 17th, 2016|Categories: Architecture, Carbon, Climate Change, Policy, Resilience, Water|Sectors: , , |

New climate change site includes ‘natural systems’

For several new built environment pilot projects, Biomimicry 3.8 is exploring metrics of ecological performance at a healthy functioning reference habitat compared to current performance at the project location. This new New York Climate Change Science Clearinghouse site, created by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), is a great resource with research supporting how the renewal or conservation of natural systems provides ecosystem services. The sector links include challenges associated with different sectors, as well as actions applicable to the sector. I was impressed that the actions include a section on “natural systems renewal or conservation.”

Jamie-01Curated by Jamie Dwyer