A $25 million innovation-incentive prize will be awarded to an organization demonstrating sustainable and economically viable way of removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. The prize’s website features profiles of the eleven finalists, each of which is developing an inspiring way forward, as well as a blog covering topics related to greenhouse gas removal. Visit website.
The Savory institute promotes holistic land management and grazing techniques, rotating herds of domestic livestock in a way that mimics the movement of wild herds. In addition to increasing soil fertility and water storages, these techniques can sequester thousands of tons of carbon in the soil. Learn more at their website.
NatureVest is a joint venture between Nature Conservancy and JP Morgan Chase that is creating new investment opportunities in conservation projects for private and philanthropic capital. Visit website.
Ecotrust is a Portland-based organization that has been a leader in rethinking finance for nearly a quarter century. Its regionally-focused initiatives have attracted investors from around the country and created innovative models for others to replicate elsewhere. Visit the website.
This 3-hour self-paced course provides an introduction to biomimicry, including case studies and tools. Participants will gain familiarity with the process of integrating biology into design, and learn steps to connect with nature as well as other biomimicry practitioners. Visit website.
Some of the latest materials to be used in 3D printing are more environmentally friendly than the old stand-by, plastic. These include salt, concrete, and wood—which can be very strong, even mimicking the grain of milled wood. See article.
Technology think-tank International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that by the year 2020, more than 10% of all consumer products will be available through produce on demand via 3-D printing – in home or through companies offering such services. This article provides an overview of the current state and possibilities of 3-D printing, with an emphasis on the potential market growth of companies in this sector. Read article.
Biomimicry is a fascinating field and concept, but can be difficult to comprehend the myriad ways it can be applied. This website provides a number of case studies or examples as it is applied to different fields, such as agriculture, architecture, industrial design, natural cleaning, and medicine. See case studies.
Bioneers is a nonprofit, educational organization that, through conferences, a radio series, video talks and other means, highlights breakthrough solutions for restoring people and the planet. Its annual conference in the Bay Area features numerous social and scientific innovators sharing their ideas for confronting our most pressing problems. Visit website.
Seattle-based Beacon Hill Food Forest is one example of a food forest. This is a gardening technique which mimics a woodland ecosystem by incorporating edible trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials. The upper level is made up of fruit and nut trees, and the lower levels include berries, edible perennials and annuals. Learn more.
The Vertical Farm demonstrates the possibilities of growing up rather than out in dense urban areas. It is a project of Growing Power, a Milwaukee-based land trust. The project expands Growing Power’s green house and aquaponics that have been historically spread over several acres. It will feature five stories (!) of south facing greenhouse, to allow year-round production of veggies and herbs. See more.
This website is a Capital Institute offering that contains numerous stories and examples of locally-based regenerative products and projects, designed to inspire others. Includes tales of local finance, land & food, and urban projects. Visit website.