Designers Turn To Nature For Inspiration
Biomimicry, design inspired by nature, is becoming a core sustainability strategy for companies looking for ways to cut their ecological footprints, Business Week reports.
Janine Benyus, who divides her time between the research nonprofit Biomimicry Institute and the for-profit innovation consultancy, the Biomimicry Guild, is the driving force behind the movement, which she defined in her 1997 book, Biomimcry: Innovation Inspired by Nature.
Here are some examples from the article:
- Ford’s Volvo Division developed an anti-collision system based on the way locusts swarm without crashing into one another. Known as the Accident Avoidance System, it’s now available on Volvo’s high-end vehicles.
- IBM designers analyzed the way abalone shells form by melding microscopic particles of calcium carbonate chalk in a process called “self-assembly.” They’re now applying the same principles to the development of a series of processors.
Stay Up-to-Date On Environmental Management, Energy & Sustainability News with EL's Free Daily Newsletter
Energy Manager News
- Con Edison Development Procures GE Energy Storage System
- Courthouse Replaces Oversized Boiler
- Indoor Farming Company Works on HVAC with PUE 1.0
- Toolkits Designed to Help Health Care Facilities Reduce Energy
- San Antonio Macyâ€™s Store Showcases Better Buildings Challenge Measures
- Natural Gas Gensets to Reach 27 GW of Installed Capacity by 2024
- Larson Releases a Solar Powered Generator with Manual Crank Mast
- Energy Efficiency in Food Service Businesses