Biomimicry – Sustainable Solutions Inspired by Nature
Marie Zanowick-Bourgeois, EPA and Lynne Sullivan, City of Boulder
Biomimicry is an emerging science that guides people in discovering and creating sustainable solutions to fulfill human needs, by looking to nature for inspiration. Join Marie Zanowick-Bourgeois, Engineer and Certified Biomimicry Professional and Lynne Sullivan, Interpretive Naturalist for the City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks Department in this exploration of the concepts of Biomimicry and the Department’s inaugural launch using this problem solving process to address challenges in the management of the Open Space and Mountain Parks System. Applying the biomimicry method, they studied the local ecosystems and species to learn what strategies have enabled their long term survival, and then used these unique strategies to guide design ideas working towards an earth-friendly, sustainable solution to our challenge.
Marie Zanowick-Bourgeois is a Certified Biomimicry Professional and a creative environmental engineer with 25 years of experience working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the areas of pollution prevention and sustainability.
Lynne Sullivan is an interpretive naturalist with the city of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks Department. She is passionate about exploring the wonders of nature and natural processes and sharing her findings through interpretive hikes and programs.