Biomimicry: Design Inspired by Nature Workshop

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A train modeled after a bird's beak? Japan's bullet train was designed to imitate the kingfisher's beak and the new design was 10-15% more energy efficient and aerodynamic than the old design.  Or what about an office and shopping building modeled after a termite den?  The new design used 90% less energy for heating and cooling which allowed for 20% cheaper rent for occupants!

Nature serves as a model for many sustainability-oriented business products, processes, and systems. Learn how nature can be a model, mentor, and measure for sustainability in this hands-on workshop as you create a design using biomimicry guidelines.  Please bring a laptop.

Nancy E. Landrum, Ph.D. is a Professor of Sustainable Business Management at Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business and Institute of Environmental Sustainability. Dr. Landrum is co-author of Sustainable Business: An Executive’s Primer, co-founder of the Sustainable Business Network of Central Arkansas, and Principal at Sustainable Business Design Consulting.  She received her Ph.D. from New Mexico State University and has received awards for sustainability research, teaching, and service, including 2018 Outstanding Paper for her research on sustainable business curriculum and 2011 Eco-Hero in the state of Arkansas.  Dr. Landrum’s interests are in sustainable business practices, biomimicry, strong sustainability, ecological economics, circular economy, and base of the pyramid strategies.  

Friday, April 12 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Founders Memorial Library, 297
217 Normal Rd, DeKalb, IL 60115

Event Type

Lectures, Presentations and Workshops


Academics, Professional Development

Target Audience

Students, Faculty and Staff



Free, must register in advance

Environmental Studies, Management
Contact Name

Melissa Burlingame

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