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This workshop meets on-line on Thursdays (September 6, 13, 20, 27) at 1:00pm Pacific Time-USA for 60-90 minutes. Time Zone Converter

Special Discounts:

Always:   $75 off for ISSP members.
Time limited:  $50 off with Early Bird Discount through August 30, 2012.


Biomimicry is an old practice and new discipline that emulates nature’s time-tested strategies for surviving and thriving sustainably on Earth. Formaldehyde-free building materials modeled after mussels, networks that emulate slime mold, and self-cleaning paint inspired by lotus leaves, are a few examples. A growing number of people are applying lessons from nature’s treasure trove of tried-and-true solutions to spur innovation toward creating healthier, more resilient societies.  

Through a series of interactive, online presentations, exercises, and a final deliverable, this workshop is designed to meet the following learning objectives:

  • Ability to describe the concept of biomimicry and various ways (innovation tool, ethical gauge for sustainability, reconnection between humans and the planet) it is being used to advance sustainability.
  • Learn to translate challenges into functions that can be used to ask “How does nature...?”
  • Explore a system’s perspective on Earth’s operating conditions and learn deep patterns of biological design (Life’s Principles) that have evolved in response to those operating conditions.
  • Practice using Life’s Principles to both evaluate, and inspire strategies to improve, sustainability performance.
  • Identify biomimicry tools and resources.   

Your online workshop experience, from pre-work to deliverable completion, is September 1 through 30.  The workshop is delivered online and via the Internet so you participate from your computer for both the live weekly webinars and for the 24/7 online 'classroom' experience. Successful completion of this workshop can be applied towards an elective credit towards the ISSP Sustainability Professionals Certificate.


Mary Hansel is a Certified Biomimicry Professional and was among the first fifteen graduates of the Biomimicry Institute's two-year professional program with a concentration in biomimicry and business innovation.  She has designed and presented sustainability and biomimicry educational sessions for professional conferences, graduate courses as a guest lecturer, and internal workshops.

Mary specializes in organizational sustainability and intrapreneurial coaching.  She has included biomimicry as a core piece in her work since first learning about it in 2000. She has:

  • Organized and participated in many biomimicry workshops, including a weeklong tour of the Galapagos Islands with author Janine Benyus and several top engineers to explore biomimicry in the water and wastewater sector;
  • Sparked the launch of PAX Scientific’s first product based on nature’s geometry; and
  • Taught professionals in various sectors about biomimicry.

As a volunteer, Mary served for six years as Treasurer on Biomimicry 3.8 Institute’s Board of Directors, and is co-founder and primary mover and shaker of Biomimicry Oregon, a biomimicry regional network in the Pacific Northwest.

Mary’s experience includes ten years providing sustainability strategy, education, communications, and management services for a national civil engineering firm, and service as a sustainability technical advisor on numerous planning projects for water and wastewater utilities. Prior to sustainability work, she worked as a Certified Public Accountant. She earned a degree in Business Administration at the University of Arizona, complemented with advanced studies in Biomimicry, The Natural Step and other sustainability tools.

Colleagues describe Mary as “an initiator, who is passionate, smart, thoughtful, and team-oriented.”

Your online workshop experience from pre-work to deliverable completion, September 1 through 30: The workshop is delivered online and via the Internet so you participate from your computer for both the live weekly webinars and for the 24/7 online ‘classroom’ experience.

September 1, 2012 7:00 AM   through   September 30, 2012 12:00 AM
Phone: 206 851 4234
Early Bird Workshop Rate $ 400.00
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