One company’s mission to reverse global warming

As a lead up to Sustainable Brands conference SB’18 , students, alumni, and faculty of our MA in Sustainable Design program interviewed selected speakers — leaders in corporate sustainability initiatives.  In this blog we share our interview with Erin Meezan, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at Interface. Erin Meezan, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, leads the company on an audacious

Jay Harman is coming to MCAD!

The Master of Arts in Sustainable Design (MASD) program and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) is thrilled to host inventor, entrepreneur, and biomimicry pioneer Jay Harman as our Visiting Artist October 11-12, 2018. Denise DeLuca, Director of the MASD program and Biomimicry Education Fellow, will be Jay’s host and will facilitate the

FREE! 4-Week Online Biomimicry Course

The best things in life are free. Going outside is free. Connecting with nature is free.  And now, learning a sustainable design methodology based on nature’s functional strategies is free! We are happy to announce that MCAD’s Master of Arts in Sustainable Design program is once again partnering with to offer the 4-week online

REGISTER NOW! Biomimicry for Designers

STARTS APRIL 2nd! Nature offers boundless inspiration for sustainable design, but how do we access the wealth of biological information available and apply it effectively to design? This project-oriented course provides an introduction to the tools and concepts of biomimicry, a new discipline that emulates nature’s best ideas and blueprints in order to solve human

Nature by the Numbers

Nature is inspiring in innumerable ways, but who’s counting. If you are inspired by numbers (as well as by nature), you might enjoy this list of numbers inspired by nature. 10 sextillion:  The number of atoms of air you take into your body with each breath 1,000,000,000: The number of bacteria in one teaspoon of

Faculty Focus: A new book by Taryn Mead

Looking for a quick and easy read on biomimicry and the potential of bioinspired innovation more broadly?  A recent addition to the Sustainable Design faculty, Taryn Mead, PhD, is excited to introduce her new book  “Bioinspiration In Business And Management: Innovating For Sustainability” now available through Business Expert Press. This introduction to bioinspired design is


Biomimicry + Space

The practice of biomimicry has strong supporters in NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration). Their work includes many notable examples of bio-inspired design that include tensegrity robots, evolved antennas, gecko grippers and sensing based on a fly’s eye. This interest became more tangible when a group at NASA Glenn Research Center started a biomimicry focused


Biomimicry Certificate Launch

We are pleased to announce a new Non-credit Biomimicry Certificate! (Cue applause!) In order to earn a certificate, select and complete three courses in a specific area. All courses in the Biomimicry Certificate are offered fully online. The sequence of courses is flexible and there is no time limit to earn the certificate. Learn more


Call for Participants!

Invitation to Participate | Global Biomimicry Practitioners Survey Biomimicry is a field of practice and research that is rapidly growing, but who are the people behind the practice? Add your voice to this global survey conducted by Erin Rovalo and Dr. John McCardle of Loughborough Design School, and help create better understanding of the backgrounds,


Biomimicry Challenge

Don’t miss your chance to win $100,000 and change the world using biomimicry. The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge is an annual competition that asks teams of students and professionals to address critical global issues with nature-inspired solutions. The challenge is hosted by the Biomimicry Institute, in partnership with the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. Climate Change

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