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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

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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
Omega Institute Composting Gone Wrong to Right by Eric Steinman
The Transformative Power of Composting
The human stomach is a wondrous muscular hollow that is truly the center of magical transformation in the human body. Sure, the brain gets much of the attention for making us rational and evolved, but the stomach allows you to bring something from outside of your body (food) and convert it into you—the conduit between you and the edible world that surrounds you. More
Omega Institute The Next Sustainable Culinary Frontier: Insects by Eric Steinman
How Eating Insects May Be in Your Sustainable Future
Ruth Reichl, former editor-in-chief of Gourmet and award-winning author, recently told the New York Times, “We should all be eating insects, and we all will be eating insects. They are a perfectly reasonable source of protein.” These comments were not the random mutterings of a disaffected food critic, but a response to a recent report issued by the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) promoting human consumption of insects as an environmentally sustainable means of feeding the planet. More
Omega Institute Skip the Toxins and Make Healthy Snacks for the Kids
Research has found that children exposed to the chemicals in food packaging are more likely to be obese or develop insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes. One study in the journal PLOS ONE, found a link between obesity and Bisphenol-A (BPA), used in everything from metal cans to plastic bottles, while another study, published in the September issue of Pediatr More
Building a Rain Garden
You can build a rain garden in your own yard, just like those near Omega's Main Hall and Dining Hall. A rain garden is planted a little lower in the ground than a normal garden to help catch stormwater. This low-maintenance gardening style adds more plants to your yard, attracts more butterflies and wildlife, and can even help prevent moisture damage to your home. More
Helping Kids Develop a Passion for the Natural World
Environmental knowledge—without heart—is not enough to assure a sustainable future. Ecological consultant and wetland specialist Karen Schneller-McDonald urges us to help kids make an emotional connection with nature by taking them outside. More
(A Valentine)
Joy Harjo is a poet and performer who has written seven books of poetry, including How We Became Human and She Had Some Horses. She is known for drawing together the brutalities of contemporary reservation life with the beauty and sensibility of Native American culture and mythology.   More
A Glimpse Toward Restructured Distribution
Jeremy Rifkin, founder and president of the Foundation on Economic Trends, is one of the world’s leading authorities on economic sustainability. More

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