Mission: We are nurturing a global community of people who look to the natural world for ideas, designs, and strategies for sustainable design. We want to bring biology to the design table. The mission of the Biomimicry Institute is to empower people to design nature-inspired solutions for a healthy planet.
Results: We created a first-ever biomimetic chemistry lab lesson plan - showing high school students that we can make building materials - cement - without destructive mining or using excessive amounts of energy, and sequestering carbon!
We also 'crowd sourced' a university level Student Design Challenge and attracted 120 teams from around the world to compete. See their amazing design entries here: http://biomimicrydesignchallenge.com/p/2011-winners
I first heard about Biomimicry at the annual Bioneers Conference in 2002 and was immediately drawn to the notion of innovation inspired by nature. Since its founding in 2004, the Biomimicry Institute has actively promoted the concept of learning from and then emulating natural forms, processes, and ecosystems to create more sustainable and healthier human technologies and designs. The organization has grown to a team of eleven full time staff with programs spanning K-12 to professional education. Our "Ask Nature" database is a first of its kind resource that organizes biological knowledge by function.