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Registration Open for the 2012 Biomimicry Education Summit Education Summit badge

White Stag Block, Portland, OR
Opening Address by Richard Louv: June 21, 7pm
Summit Plenary Sessions and Workshops: June 22-24, 2012

The Biomimicry 3.8 Instutute is pleased to announce that the 6th annual Biomimicry Education Summit will take place at the University of Oregon's White Stag Block, a newly renovated historic building in downtown Portland, which received a LEED Platinum certification and includes a living roof among its sustainable attributes.

Full details and registration on our Summit website.

Pre-Summit Introduction to Biomimicry Education Workshop

Thursday, June 21, 9am - 5pm (lunch provided)

Educators of all levels, especially those who are new to biomimicry, are invited to join Biomimicry 3.8 Institute staff for a one-day introduction to biomimicry and biomimicry in education. Presentations and hands-on activities will give you background information and practical suggestions for introducing your students to the engaging and inspiring field of biomimicry. Separate registration fee applies; workshop participants will receive a discount on Summit registration. For details visit the Summit Website .

Highlights from Last Year's Summit:

5th Annual Education Summit Gathers Leaders in Biomimicry Education

Inside the Summit
Past Conferences

Participating Organizations

American InterContinental University
Arizona State University
Baldwin Wallace College
Biomimicry Group, Inc.
Carleton University
Center for Environmental Education,
     Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES
Cleveland Metroparks
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Columbus College of Art & Design
Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Corporate Design Foundation
Cuyahoga County Planning Commission
Durham Technical Community College
Elmhurst College
Georgia Institute of Technology
Great Lakes Science Center
Green Kids Now, Inc.
Hawken School
Hiram College
Lipscomb University
Lorain County Community College
Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment
Marine Science Institute
Minneapolis College of Art & Design
Montana State University
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Norfolk Public Schools
Ontario College of Art & Design University
Politecnico di Torino
Sears Swetland Family Foundation
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Southern California Institute of Architecture
Spirit of Leadership
The Cleveland Institute of Art
The College School
The University of Akron
Universidad Iberoamericana
Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos
University of California, Merced
University of Notre Dame
VIA Design
Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry
Warren Consolidated Schools
West Chester University

edsum_sm.jpgFor three days in late June, nearly 70 participants from university, K-12, and non-formal education convened at the Cleveland Botanical Garden for a diverse series of presentations highlighting current projects and initiatives in biomimicry education. Conference speakers, including Dr. John Warner of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry and Dr. Frank Fish of WhalePower Corporation, engaged attendees in lively question-and-answer sessions. According to first-time attendee and graduate student Michelle Fehler: "I expected to be immersed into the world of biomimicry, however, I did not expect to be blown away by some of the speakers as well as by the sense of hope by everyone who was part of this summit. Attending the summit has helped energize me to dive into my Master's Thesis with a plethora of ideas."

The Summit also included panels of experienced biomimicry educators from university, K-12 and nonformal settings. Many of the Summit's presenters participated in a webinar on biomimicry in higher education earlier this year. To order a PDF of those proceedings, available for $10, please click here.


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