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 about MCAD’s Non-credit Certificates.

Noncredit Certificate in Biomimicry Online
Select 3 of the following courses*

*Course lists and availability are subject to change based on interest and enrollments.

About Biomimicry for Designers  (5 weeks; noncredit tuition $403) – Registration is OPEN

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 design challenges. The course will cover core biological principles, astound you with the wealth of design solutions available in nature, and provide numerous examples of innovative designs inspired by natural models. Overall, this course provides powerful metaphors and methods for looking to nature as model, mentor, and measure in our designs. / Open to students ages 16 and above.

About Fundamentals of Sustainable Design (15 weeks; noncredit tuition; $1209) – Registration is OPEN

In this foundational course students are introduced to hands-on and holistic approaches to sustainability. This course covers current sustainability frameworks, principles, and materials assessments, as well as the history and logic behind them, providing students with useful research tools to apply to the ever-changing demands of sustainable design, business, development, and policy-making. / Open to students ages 18 and above.


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Cindy Gilbert / Former Director

Cindy is founder and director of Alula Consulting which specializes in innovative online and sustainability education projects for educational institutions, non-profits, and corporations. Recent clients include The Lemelson Foundation, VentureWell, Green Building Research Institute, University of Montana, PBS, Silverback Films, and more. Cindy has taught numerous courses and workshops, around the world and online, in the fields of biology, sustainability and biomimicry.

Cindy was the founding director of MCAD’s Sustainable Design program for 7.5 years which is home to the fully online, multidisciplinary MA in Sustainable Design (MASD) that is the first of its kind in the world. In this role, she fostered a culture of awareness and creativity through sustainable, innovative and collaborative design. Before MCAD, she served for nearly four years as the founding director of university education at the Biomimicry Institute where she developed and managed all higher education programs, including the professional certification program, annual education summits, affiliate and fellows programs, and design challenges. Cindy is based in Montana. Please contact her through LinkedIn.