What is Biomimicry?

Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate) is a design discipline that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies, e.g., a solar cell inspired by a leaf. The core idea is that Nature, imaginative by necessity, has already solved many of the problems we are grappling with: energy, food production, climate control, non-toxic chemistry, transportation, packaging, and a whole lot more.

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Cleveland Water Alliance

Great Lakes Biomimicry is proud to announce our new innovation partnership with The Cleveland Water Alliance!

 Together, the Cleveland Water Alliance, Lorain County Community College, Avon Lake Regional Water's new University of Akron Biomimicry Fellow and Great Lakes Biomimicry will study water quality issues by asking, "How does nature clean water?"

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To create conditions for Innovation through Biomimicry.


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Janine Benyus discusses the importance of biomimicry at a recent University of Akron event.
Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser. See the full transcript: Learning From Nature: “Biomimicry” Blooming in Northeast Ohio.