03 May 2011

Biomimicry at USGBC

Take a look at this short video announcing the upcoming USGBC chapter meeting on the topic of Biomimicry. The speaker, Taryn Mead, is Senior Biologist at the Design Table at the Biomimicry Guild.

I produced the above video for the Missouri Gateway Chapter of the USGBC (United States Green Building Council). Here's the low-down on the event:
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
5:30 - 6:15 pm - Registration & Networking
6:15 - 7:30 pm - Formal Presentation
Missouri Botanical Garden's Shoenberg Theatre
4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110
Free for all attendees!
Click here to visit our Event Registration page. Be sure to scroll down and click the "Register" button under the Biomimicry event listing.
Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff by email or phone (314) 577-0225.

Here's some background / biographical information about Taryn (images and text courtesy of the Biomimicry Guild):

Taryn Mead, Senior Biologist at the Design Table, Biomimicry Guild
Taryn's training in ecology and the socio-industrial aspects of environmental issues provides a systems-based platform for discussion of biomimetic principles and methodologies. As a Biologist at the Design Table for the Guild, she specializes in Nature's functions at the ecosystem level. With a bird's eye view on planning, architectural and production challenges, she provides insights into ecological principles that can be used to enhance the way designs fit into the landscape of a place. 
She guides clients through a design process that asks the local organisms how to flourish in the regional habitat conditions and incorporate ecosystem nutrient cycling into landscape scale designs. Her assignments include consulting with corporate clients, researching biological strategies, facilitating workshops with design professionals and biologists, creating tools to assist in the design process and managing the Guild's internship program. 
She grew up in the woods of the rural Midwest, catching crayfish in the "crick" near her parents' long time home. Her adventures, educational endeavors and employment have since moved her to south Florida, Brazil, various parts of Colorado, Los Angeles and the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. 
She participated in the National Student Exchange Program and worked at the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies at California Polytechnic University in Pomona, CA. She graduated Cum Laude with degrees in Environmental Studies and Biology with an emphasis in Ecology from Western State College of Colorado in Gunnison. She was involved with numerous sustainability initiatives in Gunnison, eventually serving as Student Body President and the State Coordinator for the Sierra Student Coalition. Upon graduation, she received the Alumni Award for Excellence for her service to the campus and community. 
She relocated to Helena, MT, when she joined the Guild, after working as a biologist on commercial fishing vessels in the Bering Sea. In her free time, she enjoys bluegrass music, dark roasted coffee and getting her hands dirty, be it climbing, gardening, camping or rafting.

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