Biomimicry is an old practice and new discipline of looking to nature for sustainable solutions to human challenges.

Self-cleaning paint inspired by lotus leaves, networks that emulate slime mold, and management principles inspired by honeybees 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 course is designed to give you the opportunity to:

  • Develop the ability to describe the concept of biomimicry and how it can be used to inspire innovation and advance sustainability.
  • Explore deep patterns of biological design (Life’s Principles) that all organisms use to survive and thrive.
  • Apply biomimicry thinking and Life’s Principles to real challenges.
  • Identify biomimicry tools and resources.
  • Interact with biomimicry professionals from different disciplines.   

Your online course experience is from April 3 through May 2.  The course 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 course can be applied towards an elective credit towards the ISSP Sustainability Professionals Certificate.

Feedback from prior participants:

“The course provided a whole new way of approaching sustainability challenges for me.  I now see there is great power in biomimicry thinking to help us achieve a sustainable future.”

“Outstanding leadership of the course. Not an easy thing with participants of such varied backgrounds, areas of work and levels of experience.”

“Life’s Principles as outlined in this course have opened a whole new way of looking at the sustainability paradigm for me… I was surprised at how many ways I found the framework could be useful… The course has stretched my thinking beyond the comfort point as much or more than any other, and that has been a good thing. No pain, no gain.”


Mary Hansel is a Certified Biomimicry Professional and she 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, and workshops.

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

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. She is currently working toward earning an MS in Biomimicry from Arizona State University.


This course is delivered online via four weekly 1 hour live webinars and includes a 24/7 online 'classroom' experience.  The webinars are scheduled for Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18, and 25, at 10:00am PT-US. Final assignments are due by May 2.


  Audit Credit
ISSP Member $30 $200
ISSP Partner* $60 $260
Non-Member $180 $325

How course status works: Participants who choose to audit will have full access to live webinars, discussion forums, and all online course materials.  Participants who choose to audit do not have to complete homework assignments or quizzes (although there will still be readings), do not receive grades or feedback on assignments, and do not recieve a final grade.

Participants seeking credit have to complete - and pass - all homework assignments and quizzes.  Successful completion of these requirements will earn a passing grade and an individualized Certificate of Completion, along with a credit which can be applied towards completion of the ISSP Educational Certificate Program.

*Registrants who are not ISSP members but hold current memberships in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE); Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating (STAR) Communities; the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN); or the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) may register using the ISSP Partner rate. You must use your institutional email address when registering in order to receive the discount. Partner prices for this course are also available for Biomimicry Institute Network Affiliates.

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April 4, 2017 9:00 AM   through   April 25, 2017 11:00 AM
ISSP Webinar Platform and Learning Center classroom
United States
Credit/Audit 2016
Credit $ 325.00
Audit $ 180.00
Credit - AASHE/STAR/USDN $ 260.00
Audit - AASHE/STAR/USDN $ 60.00

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