Lunch Lecture | Carol Thaler | Great Lakes Biomimicry


Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate) is a design discipline that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies, e.g., a solar cell inspired by a leaf.  The core idea is that nature, imaginative by necessity, has already solved many of the problems we are grappling with: energy, food production, climate control, non-toxic chemistry, transportation, packaging, and a whole lot more.

Carol Thaler, Director of Outreach and Administration for Great Lakes Biomimicry will talk about the principles of biomimicry and a guiding force in design. She led Cuyahoga County’s management of Whiskey Island, a 32-acre park on Lake Erie at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. She also managed the Cuyahoga Valley Initiative, a project to make the Cuyahoga River Valley a living-laboratory for sustainable practices. This regional project revealed the potential of biomimicry to further NEO’s environmental and economic goals.

1309 Euclid Ave. Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115
12pm – 1pm


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