UC San Diego Innovation Calendar
SDG&E Energy Innovation Center
The Earth is a laboratory in which life has evolved adaptations to the design challenges of its diverse environments. The organisms surrounding us are the winners of these design experiments, those that developed a dynamic equilibrium in their environments while using resources sustainably. Biomimicry studies these biological adaptations to help designers, engineers, architects, and business leaders solve design and engineering challenges. The goal of biomimicry is to create products, processes, and policies that are well-adapted to sustaining life on earth and that provide innovative improvements to our way of life.
Historically, humanity has considered nature as a resource to be mined rather than a mentor from which to learn, sometimes resulting in harmful consequences for all. We have not always understood how natural systems work, and proper application of biomimicry requires a deep understanding of how living systems function in an environment.
- Integrating design, engineering, business and biomimicry
- Green chemistry and biomimicry in materials design
- Lesson learned from successful commercialized biomimetic solutions
- Learn from biomimicry entrepreneurs (guest speakers)
This course is eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI)
Jacques served six years as Senior Project Manager at Bainbridge, Inc., a strategic management consulting firm that provides consulting services for Fortune 500 companies. He currently teaches sustainability and clean technology courses to business students at the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University. Jacques is also a Certified Energy Manager (C.E.M.), Renewable Energy Professional (R.E.P.) and a LEED Green Associate.