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Program manager and engineer Dana Levy explains biomimicry through the biology-to-design example of the invention of Velcro. Learn more about Dana Levy More
Bob Berkebile: http://eomega.org/omega/faculty/viewProfile/b862c1facef2472dc46b4924f0fae2df/ Laura Lesniewski: http://eomega.org/omega/faculty/viewProfile/b3dff7dcee0752854faab155f32faa34/ More
What can we learn from nature's genius? Dayna Baumeister PhD, cofounder of the Biomimicry Guild, explains how this emerging discipline can inform the future of design. Learn more about Dayna Baumeister: http://eomega.org/omega/faculty/viewProfile/c8ec2b8ae2caedee5fd3479e33a41492/ More
omega institute skip backus OCSL introduction video
At the Omega Center for Sustainable Living, you can observe the Eco Machine™ treating wastewater without chemicals and get a close-up look at the solar and geothermal systems that provide energy, heating, and cooling for the building. In this video introduction to the OCSL building, Omega CEO Robert "Skip" Backus and Eco Machine™ designer John Todd talk about the motivations for constructing this facility, as well as the importance of water as a tool for teaching about interconnectedness.  More

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Omega Institute Future Pesticides Won't Be Pesticides At All by Janine Benyus
Omega: In your talk, you said the pesticides of the future will not be chemical pesticides, but "helping the helpers." What does that mean? More
Omega Institute Nature Will Always Be More Delightful Than You Can Imagine by Janine Benyus
Omega: You described an experiment in which you ask people go into the woods, sit, observe, and let nature come to them. It seems the same exercise could have been designed by a meditation teacher. "Do you have a meditation practice?"  More
Omega Institute Is Gluten Sensitivity Fact or Fiction?
Nick Oddo grew up in a big Italian family eating a lot of bread and pasta. He also experienced some level of depression and mood swings for most of his life. But in the late 1990s, it got worse and he felt out of control. His dad, who was a baker in Italy, took his own life at 54 and his father before him at 35. He wanted to break the cycle.  More
Omega Institute Nature Doesn't Compete, It Cooperates by Janine Benyus
Omega: In your talk, you said, “We’ve built our economy around a metaphor that has more to do with the Cold War than with life.” Can you explain what you meant? Janine: The central questions that we try to answer in ecology is, "How do ecosystems assemble? What is the important influencing factor when you look out at a forest, why does it look the way it does? Why are those species together? Why are those individuals spaced the way they are? In other words, how does that society put itself together?" More
Omega Institute Moving Toward a Sustainable Diet
What’s Best for You and the Planet?
For some the answer is clear: Eat less meat and more vegetables. Eat organic and locally sourced whole foods whenever possible. And if you can grow your own food, even better. But questions remain. Should we be exclusively vegetarian or can we eat some pasture-raised meats? Should we buy local or organic? More
outhouse toilet in mozambique
Most of us living in a wealthy country don't often think about clean water or sanitation. We turn on the faucet and flush our toilets without considering how the water got there or where our waste goes. But it wasn't always this way. Providing easy access to clean water and effective sanitation was and is a conscious policy choice.  For the millions without readily available clean water, and the billions without basic sanitation, these remain two of the most basic and important issues of environmental sustainability, social and gender justice, and human development. More
Omega Institute Transitioning to a Sustainable Future
Weaving Individual and Community Change to Create the World We Want
As with any change, whether it's a transformation of consciousness or something as simple as becoming more physically fit, there is a transition period. Looking back it may seem like a quantum leap has occurred, a jump from one state of being to another, but in the moment, in the present, a transition is always occurring. More
Omega Institute Earthship Taos, New Mexico
Looking to the Past for Inspiration for the Future
It's been 20 years since James Howard Kunstler called the American built environment "The Geography of Nowhere"—development based increasingly and broadly on erasing regional differences in building, on unyielding suburban similarity, on throwing more energy at every design problem as the default solution.  More
Omega Institute Avoiding the One-Size-Fits-All Approach to Sustainability
Eco-Friendly, Site-Specific Sanitation Solutions
Access to basic sanitation is key to a truly regenerative future. (If you don’t agree with that statement yet, check out our article Toilets and Clean Water for All.) The way we provide this service and build these systems gives us with an opportunity to use new technologies that work with natural principles to process wastewater in an ecologically responsible way.  More

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