CMPBS Co-Directors Pliny Fisk and Gail Vittori, and Kathy Zarsky of Holos Collaborative will be presenting an ecoBalance Design education session at Living Futures 2012 in Portland, Oregon on May 3rd, from 2:30-4:30 pm.
EcoBalance Design balances life support systems (air, water, food, energy, materials) across life cycle phases (source/process/use/re-source) at multiple scales. Its objective is to balance resource flows, working with nature to support basic human needs in a regenerative manner. Most ecosystem processes are non-additive functions of traits of two or more species, because interactions among species, rather than their presence or absence, determine ecosystem characteristics.
Pliny, Gail and Kathy will explore EcoBalance through a biomimicry lens. The session will provide an overview of EcoBalance Design, its contrast with conservation-based methodologies, real-world project implementation, and audience engagement in applying EcoBalance to multi-scale projects and crowdsourcing refinements.
Additional information on the Living Futures 2012 conference is available at http://cascadiagbc.org/living-future/12