We have a great opportunity coming up just around the corner! Educators who are using biomimicry—and those who want to—will gather in Portland, Oregon on June 22-24 for the 6th annual Biomimicry Education Summit for a weekend of workshops, lectures, and networking. Biomimicry provides students with a hopeful way of learning about today’s sustainability challenges, and is an exceptional strategy to deliver STEM education.Oregon K-12 Teachers may receive certificates for up to 20 PDUs.Register for the Summit and/or a 1-day biomimicry workshop for educators on June 21 at http://edsummit.biomimicry.net/.
Let’s encourage Oregon educators to attend… if each of us spreads the word to 2-3 educators we know, we just might be able to attract a dozen, which would grow Oregon leadership in biomimicry education!
A BIG THANK YOU out to Oregon BEST, who generously gave scholarships to two university faculty to attend the Summit!
Biomimicry Oregon is organizing a biomimicry bike tour to coincide with the Education Summit!
Biomimicry on Bikes
Saturday, June 23, 2012, 5:30-8:30pm*
Tour only: $10 | Bike rental, including tour: $30
A guided, 3-mile tour of building designs inspired by nature for locals and participants of the national Biomimicry Education Summit, led by Biomimicry Oregon, the City of Portland, and Portland Bike Tours. More info here. Pre-registration required if renting a bike.
*For skilled riders, there will be an optional 7-mile continuation of the ride returning to downtown Portland along the Springwater Corridor at dusk (return rental bikes the following day by 5:30 pm).
Everybody is welcome to join the opening address for the Education Summit on Thursday, June 21:
Reconnecting with Life: Biomimicry and the Nature Principle
Thursday, June 21, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Bagdad Theater | 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, OR 97214
Richard Louv is best known for his 2005 book, Last Child In The Woods
, which started a national conversation about the need for children to be connected to the natural world. His more recent book,The Nature Principle
(2011) focuses on our deep human need for nature in all aspects of our lives, and on the “New Nature Movement” which goes beyond sustainability to create new and deeper ways to bring the natural world into all aspects of human life.
Richard Louv’s Opening Address is being made available to both Summit attendees and the general public through a partnership between the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)
which has arranged to include the talk in its popular “Science Pub
Copies of The Nature Principle will be available for purchase and signing at the event.
Genius of Place Grant
Biomimicry Oregon has received its first ever grant from the Bullitt Foundation!
Biomimicry Oregon, will study several well-adapted organisms from the region and share their design principles with research and design professionals in an ideation workshop. Their findings and insights on tangible sustainability applications will be outlined in a report.
“In our cities, we have replaced native ecosystems with concrete, buildings, and roads,” said Mary Hansel of Biomimicry Oregon. “What if we were to look at how the natural ecosystem functions? Could we learn from local plants, for example, how to prevent erosion or shed water during heavy rainfall? By looking closely at how nature solves design challenges, we can learn a lot about how to solve our own.”
Biomimicry Oregon Members in the News
Check out our cover girl! Did you catch Nicole Isle on the cover of Daily Journal of Commerce May 11, 2012? “There is a growing interest in implementation and using the Living Building Challenge and the Regenerative Design (and Nature Awareness Program); biomimicry is a way to unlock the potential for achieving those goals, which can seem daunting.”
Read more here (subscription required).