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Biomimicry for Sustainable Design
Discovering a World of Solutions Inspired by Nature
Hosted by Northwest Environmental Training Center

Biomimicry is the practice of developing sustainable technologies inspired by ideas from Nature. While humans have a long way to go towards living sustainably on this planet, millions of species–each with nearly 4 billion years of field testing–contain technological ideas to help us succeed in our all-important quest to become a sustainable species on a biodiverse planet.

This specialized course is designed for professionals and students in various design fields including architecture, engineering, landscape, interior design, and industrial design interested in applying biomimicry to their work. Learn to approach the world of solutions inspired by nature to help your company create sustainable, innovative, and life-friendly products and processes.

With a new perspective of the natural world, you will be able to introduce the Biomimicry methodology into your design process, enhancing the creativity of your entire team!

Course Topics:

Case Studies in Bio-Inspired Design
History, Philosophy and Ethics of Biomimicry
Practical Application of Biomimicry as a Design Tool
Biological and Ecological Principles Relevant to Design
Applications of Biological Function to Engineering Challenges
Ecological Performance Standards in Architectural Design
Sustainability Challenges in Industry and Potential Bio-Inspired Solutions
2.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs, 20 hours of study)

Tuition: Early Bird - $995 before August 15th, 2008, $1,195 thereafter.

For general information contact Renata Sobel by telephone at 206-762-1976 or via e-mail at

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