In the burgeoning field of biomimicry, Bioneers are designing a technological civilization that harmonizes with nature’s operating instructions. Inventor Jay Harman models the forms and dynamics of water with astounding results. Chemist Paul Anastas is re-inventing “Green Chemistry” that transforms how we make things. Imitating nature is paying off for the economy, people and the planet.
Jay Harman is President and CEO of Pax Scientific, a biomimicry-based engineering, research and product design firm, which he founded in 1996. He became involved with Bioneers by attending the annual conference in Marin, California and gave his first contribution in 2006. He has since been a Bioneers plenary speaker twice over, and participated as a workshop panelist.
Paul T. Anastas is the Director of Yale University‘s Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering, Previously he served as the Science Advisor to the United States Environmental Protection Agency as well as the Agency’s Assistant Administrator for Research and Development, appointed by President Barack Obama.
Anastas is known widely as the “Father of Green Chemistry” for his ground-breaking work on the design and manufacture of chemicals that are non-hazardous and environmentally benign. He is also a champion of sustainability science and innovation for environmental protection.
Anastas has brought worldwide attention to the power of molecular design for the environment. He has published scores of articles as well as ten books,including his seminal work with co-author John Warner, Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice. His 12 Principles of Green Chemistry are the basis for high school, college and graduate programs around the worldand have significantly altered the landscape of the chemicals industry in the United States and other countries.