Imagine a world where we could grow food like a prairie, fabricate energy like a plant, filter water like a mangrove, change color like a chameleon, or walk through an industrial site like we do a forest. Come explore the emerging discipline of biomimicry – the science of emulating nature’s best ideas to solve human problems. This Science Cafe will illustrate how organisms in the Natural World can teach us how to be more efficient and sustainable. The concept of biomimicry is so simple that you may wonder what took us so long? What are the barriers for adopting this approach in our industries, businesses and policies? How can we develop a new attitude that will lead us to the next Era – the Ecological Era?
About the Speaker
France Guertin holds a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a Master’s in Environmental Studies. She recently graduated from the inaugural Biomimcry Specialty Program offered by The Biomimicry Institute. France started her career in 1986 with Dow Chemical where she has worked in various technologies and manufacturing plants in Canada and the US. She has also worked with renewable energy for Northern Power Systems and environmental engineering for the Pembina Institute. As a Lead Environment, Health and Safety Manager for Dow within the Global Environmental Technology Center, France supports the identification and development of future environmental technologies and innovative tools to support Dow’s Sustainability Vision.