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January 10, 2016 AT 5:00 am

Karen Allen: Bend, Oregon’s only certified biomimicry professional #Biomimicry

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This consultant follows nature’s lead, via Bendbulletin

The discipline is a challenge to define, but Allen, the only certified biomimicry professional in Bend, said it emphasizes looking to nature to solve human problems, encompassing disciplines that include architecture, agriculture, energy, industrial design, medicine, transportation and other disciplines.

Whether the challenges are figuring out how to sequester carbon or build a more efficient ceiling fan, Allen emphasized that the answers can be found in the natural world, if one knows where to look.

“Life has been on the planet for 3.85 billion years,” Allen said. “Chances are, other creatures have solved for the same challenges we’re trying to solve for.”

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