Designing with Biomimicry

Cal Polytech Students Prototype CO2 “Sponge”

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 12.06.2018


The team, called CO2 extrACTION, is working to combat climate change through a device that extracts carbon dioxide from the air. Since Winter 2017, they have been working to create a carbon dioxide extraction panel to reduce greenhouse gases and mitigate climate change. The product is now in the prototyping phase, with the goal of an […]


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Designers vs. Climate Change

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 07.23.2018


Like a growing number of her peers, architect Stephanie Horowitz believes in the design community’s inherent responsibility to address climate issues. So much so that her firm works only with clients who want to build or retrofit buildings that aim for net-zero energy use.   Read the entire article at Architectural Digest.   “When we meet […]


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Balancing the Effect of Urban Development on Nature

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 06.11.2018


Cities and the natural world seem to be at opposite ends of a spectrum, at least according to the dominant thinking of city dwellers: Keep the wolves out and the Thai takeout close. Country folks, on the other hand, readily extol the virtues of clean air, water, greenery and birdsong.   Read the entire article […]


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Making Climate-Friendly Fuel from Water and Air

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 04.02.2018


You might remember this one from science class. Plants absorb water and carbon dioxide, and use sunlight to convert them into energy. Now scientists want to mimic that process using a technique called “artificial photosynthesis”. Dick Co of the Solar Fuels Institute says the goal is to pull water and carbon dioxide from the air and […]


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A World Without Plastic Waste: generating sustainable packaging ideas from nature

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 11.03.2017


  Read the entire article at Synapse.   It’s estimated that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. That’s one of many haunting statistics that makes it clear that plastic and packaging waste is a pressing global challenge that won’t be solved without sustainable innovation and collaboration across industries.     That’s […]


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Extraordinary Living Chandelier Absorbs CO2 and Emits Oxygen

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 09.29.2017


  Read the entire article at Inhabitat.   Lighting design has come a long way. Julian Melchiorri, a London-based designer and engineer, created this extraordinary living chandelier that not only lights up the room, but also actively purifies the air around it. Currently on display at the V&A Museum for London Design Week, the Exhale Chandelier […]


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Biomimicry: Unlocking Nature’s Design Wonders

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 05.31.2017


Read the entire article at World Environment Day.   In 2015, engineering student Jorge Zapote and his team from the University of Calgary decided to take on a problem that affects millions of poor, rural families around the world – and one whose solution could be key to remedying climate change. They wanted to find a […]


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