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Maura, Could you also add this to the list of events please?  Thank you.  -M

All,

This is NOT a lecture to miss!  Please join us after the Efficiency VT
Conference on Wednesday, Feb. 9th at 8 PM at Marsh Life Sciences 235
Auditorium, Main Campus, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

Parking available in the Ag Engineering lot by the water tower off East Ave/Main
Street.

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Janine M. Benyus
Faculty Affiliate, Environmental Studies Department, University of Montana

BIOMIMICRY: INNOVATION INSPIRED BY NATURE

Brief narrative about the speaker:
        Imagine if we could harness energy like a leaf, grow food like a
prairie, or spin fibers like a spider.  Biomimicry is a design
discipline that seeks sustainable solutions by consulting and emulating
nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies.  The goal is to create
products, processes, and policies---new ways of living---that are
well-adapted to life on earth over the long haul.
        Biomimics around the world are learning to: grow ceramics like an
oyster, shimmer like a peacock, stick to surfaces like a gecko, find
cures like a chimp, filter water like a marsh, compute like a cell, and
run a business like a redwood forest.  Their models are organisms that
manufacture without “heat, beat, and treat” methods, and ecosystems
that run on sunlight and feedback, creating opportunities rather than
waste.
        Janine Benyus, the author of Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by
Nature, will describe what’s new in the field, and engage us in a
discussion of what kind of a world might be possible if we begin to
ask, “What would nature do here?”

Date:
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 9, 2005
Lecture @ 8pm
Reception to follow

Location:
Marsh Life Sciences #235 Auditorium
Main Campus
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT

Parking available in the Ag Engineering lot by the water tower off East Ave/Main
Street.


Michelle Smith Mullarkey
Assistant to the Director
Capital Planning and Management
University of Vermont
109 So. Prospect Street
Burlington, VT  05405

(802) 656-2219 Ph
(802) 656-8237 Fx
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