Biomimicry & Green Chemistry for Sustainability

May 11, 2015 @ 8:00 am – May 15, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
University of Massachusetts
Intended Audience: university students and professionals COST: in-state ($1314); out-of-state ($2250) Register by April 9, 2015. To register: To learn more, visit:


Biomimicry is the practice of emulating life’s time-tested strategies and deep patterns to generate sustainable designs.

Green Chemistry is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances.

Both offer a new way of valuing nature and designing in life-friendly ways. In this 6-day course, we’ll explore the foundations and practice using the tools of both Biomimicry and Green Chemistry. Your instructors will guide your discovery of life’s amazing strategies in local ecosystems and how these strategies can inspire solutions to human challenges in design, product development, business, engineering and more. This course is developed and produced by Biomimicry New England in partnership with UMass Amherst.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe nature’s innovations through observations made in local ecosystems
  • Translate functions and insights from organisms to suggested applications
  • Identify the patterns found in life on earth, in both natural systems and human technologies
  • Describe gaps and opportunities in materials and manufacturing
  • Apply the tools of Biomimicry and Green chemistry to advance an innovation

Faculty include: Timothy Randhir, Associate Professor, Environmental Conservation, UMass Amherst; Tim McGee, Biologist and Biomimicry Professional; Karen Allen, Certified Biomimicry Professional & Biologist; John Warner, President & CTO, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry; Amy Cannon, Executive Director, Beyond Benign; Peter Lawrence, President, Biomimicry New England.

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