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Using Biomimicry to Inform Passive Buildings

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Using Biomimicry to Inform Passive Buildings


Please join us for an engaging conversation on what Passive House can learn from Biomimcry. The presentation will be led by Amy Coffman Phillips and Rachel Hahs, two local champions and thought leaders who use Biomimcry to inform solutions for an array of design challenges.

Learning objectives:
1. Discover examples for how nature has inspired the design of building systems, past and present.
2. Discover the role ecosystem functions play in both natural and manmade systems.
3. Reflect on the role biomimicry can play in a Passive House project.
4. Be inspired to apply nature’s strategies to an upcoming project.

Amy Coffman Phillips is a licensed architect, consultant, and educator with expertise in biomimicry and systemic resilience. She is a Network Leader at Biomimicry Chicago, a local node of the global biomimicry network, and the creator of their Deep Roots Initiative. This initiative seeks to establish a science-based definition of sustainability that references the local ecology of the Chicago region to set measurable performance standards for the built environment. Amy is a Certified Biomimicry Professional, Naturalist and Educator with The Conservation Foundation, Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG), and a LEED Building Design and Construction (BD+C) Professional. Through strategic planning facilitation, immersive outdoor experiences, and hands-on project assistance, Amy brings together diverse, interdisciplinary groups to help businesses, communities, and organizational leaders embed sustainable resilience into strategic planning and strategy.

Rachel is an innovative systems thinker rooted in the firm belief that life-centered design will lead us to a sustainable future. She is a Biomimicry Chicago Network Leader and co-creator of its Deep Roots Initiative. As a biomimicry expert and thought leader, Rachel blogs about biomimicry, develops and facilitates biomimicry-based workshops and design charrettes, conducts original biomimicry research on the topic of disruptive innovation, and provides other related services including private and public speaking engagements. Rachel holds a Master of Science in Biomimicry, and is a Certified Biomimicry Professional (CBP), Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) and project manager with over 14 years of experience focusing on sustainability, innovation and environmental consulting.
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