After two fantastic sessions on ecological design and biophilic design solutions for water-related issues, this final webcast will explore bioinspired, cost-saving, energy-efficient technologies aimed at alleviating water quantity and quality issues currently facing communities. For instance, Aquaporin Inside technology reduces the energy cost of water filtration by 80% compared to reverse osmosis filtration methods using bioinspired processes. Seawater Greenhouse systems conserve water while growing high-value food crops. Eco-Machine systems reduce municipal discharge fees, conserve water, and protect water quality by treating tens of thousands of gallons of industrial wastewater using living systems, and using the treated water to irrigate landscaping. These exciting innovations are highlighted in Terrapin Bright Green’s recently published reports - Tapping into Nature: The Future of Energy, Innovation, and Business and 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design: Improving Health and Well-Being in the Built Environment. Join us to learn about how bioinspired innovations and designs are improving health, the environment, and the bottom line.
Tapping into Nature: Bioinspired Innovation
This session will feature technology innovations inspired by nature. These designs are derived from organisms and ecosystems across the globe and can be used to alleviate water issues facing communities across America. The presentation will describe existing bio-inspired technologies that deal with water quantity and quality while providing insight into how these technologies are designed. This webcast is targeted at professionals interested in innovative technologies that help communities deal with water scarcity, water abundance, and water quality.
There will be 1.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) offered for this webcast – the certificate will be sent via email after the event. Questions about PDHs should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dominique Lueckenhoff, Deputy Director, USEPA Region 3 Water Protection Division
Dominique Lueckenhoff has over 20 years of diverse programmatic and geographic experience with US EPA. She currently serves as Deputy Director of the EPA Region 3 Water Protection Division. In this capacity, she supports and shares with the Division Director in the administration and management of all division activities, and water protection and state grant programs for the Mid-Atlantic. She also serves as EPA’s management point of contact on the Green Infrastructure (GI) and Urban Waters/Federal Partnership Initiatives in the Mid-Atlantic, in addition to participating in a number of related internal and external national and regional work groups. Her leadership has helped to garner national recognition for Region 3’s GI activities - a number of which have been recognized as EPA Office of Water (OW) Best Management Practices. In 2013, she received the National USEPA James W. Craig Pollution Prevention Leadership Award for efforts related to alternative financing and innovative, Public Private Partnerships. In 2015, her work on Community-Based Public Private Partnerships was highlighted by the White House and EPA’s National Center for Finance and Resiliency. Her leadership in advancing innovative, collaborative approaches and green practices to achieve sustainability is highlighted by her vision and creation of the Green Communities Program over 18 years ago, the nationally acclaimed Green Highways Partnership, and more recently, development and implementation of the Chesapeake Bay Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns (G3) Initiative and Partnership. Due to her success with the G3 partnership, she received an EPA National Honor Award for Outstanding Leadership in Collaborative Problem-Solving.
Erika Hanson, Industrial Partnerships, Erika Hanson Design
Erika leads product design and development projects for manufacturers, retailers, and consultancies. Aligning the interests of stakeholders throughout the supply chain, she engages in strategic planning, research, and design to create sustainable products and programs. In 2008, Erika began working with Terrapin to create and grow a statewide biomimicry program in New York. She and the team now collaborate with dozens of researchers and companies throughout the U.S. to design, develop, and commercialize green technologies.
Allison Bernett, Research Analyst, Terrapin Bright Green
Allison is a research analyst for Terrapin’s bioinspired innovation consulting services. With a background in biology and architecture, she has a particular interest in bioinspired design and innovation in the built environment. Allison is a coauthor of Terrapin’s latest report Tapping into Nature: The Future of Energy, Innovation, and Business.
Cas Smith, Project Manager, Terrapin Bright Green
Cas is an engineer and materials scientist specializing in biologically-inspired engineering and biofabrication—using biological means to manufacture materials. Since joining Terrapin, he has served as the project manager of their bioinspired innovation consulting work. His background includes biological engineering, materials science, nanotechnology manufacturing, and renewable energy systems. Cas coauthored Terrapin’s latest report Tapping into Nature: The Future of Energy, Innovation, and Business which describes pioneering companies leveraging strategies seen in nature.