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USGBC + Biomimicry LA Event: Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sep 17, 2014   //   by Colin Mangham   //   Biomimicry News, Events & Experiences  //  Comments Off on USGBC + Biomimicry LA Event: Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Biomimicry for Green Building: Harnessing the genius of nature to help conserve water

A public event for the USGBC-Los Angeles community

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As of July, over 58% of areas in California have entered the highest, or Exceptional, stage of drought. In addition to the ongoing social, economic, and environmental costs of wasting water, new green building frameworks such as the Living Building Challenge are emphasizing Net-Zero or closed-loop water systems.

Biomimicry is the imitation of elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex human problems. Could designers look to a forest for clues to help reduce the water use of a building, landscape or infrastructure?

Please join the Westside Branch of the US Green Building Council, Los Angeles, and four leading experts in architecture, biomimicry, and water resource planning for an educational program and sandbox session on biomimetic approaches to water conservation.


Thomas Knittel, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is a senior principal – design in HOK’s Los Angeles studio. He is the firm’s leading advocate of bio-inspired design– drawing inspiration from natural systems to solve human problems – and holds a Biomimicry Specialty Certificate from Biomimicry 3.8. The organization also honored him with the 2013 Excellence in Biomimicry Award.  Thomas was the lead designer for Project Haiti, a pro bono partnership between the U.S. Green Building Council and HOK to design a LEED Platinum orphanage and children’s center in Port-au-Prince. He was coauthor for the Genius of Biome report, a biomimicry resource created by HOK and Biomimicry 3.8, and holds a MDesS from Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Colin Mangham is a communicator, innovator, entrepreneur, humanitarian … and biomimic. He’s a Certified Biomimicry Specialist, the founder of the Biomimicry LA regional network, and formerly the CMO of Biomimicry 3.8 and its Institute. He infuses bioinspiration into his work through his innovation consultancy, Daily Brand Group, and as a principal of Level Eleven LLC, which fosters entrepreneurship including social ventures. Personally and professionally he follows a life-conducive practice embraced by most of the natural world: “If it’s worth doing, do it daily.”

Marty Meisler, PhD, CSBA, is the owner of green building consultancy, Vision Development and Founding Member of Biomimicry LA. Marty specializes in Biomimicry visioning, green building consulting, water-related environmental and endangered species planning.  Marty designed and built a LEED Platinum certified house, and conceived and helped direct development of the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program, a 50-year plan to protect sensitive plant and animal species along 400 miles of the lower Colorado River and floodplain.  He is now an MBA candidate in Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School.

Bryony Schwan is the CEO of Kindkudos, Inc., a tech startup, and is a consultant to The Biomimicry 3.8 Institute (TBI) that she co-founded in 2006 with Janine Benyus. She is currently working on developing a biomimicry design focusing on water in the west. Bryony served as the Institute’s Executive Director for eight years. Prior to that Bryony worked for 11 years as the Executive Director and then as the National Campaigns Director for Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) a non-profit environmental justice organization that she founded in 1995. From 2001 to 2004, Bryony co-founded and coordinated Coming Clean, a national alliance of health and environmental groups working to reform chemical policy and was also a co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Bryony is an affiliate faculty member at the University of Montana where she teaches in the Environmental Studies program.

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