Clean Energy Connections Presents Biomimicry in the Big City: Can Nature Inspire Cleantech Solutions?

Nov 01, 2011, 09:00 ET from Polytechnic Institute of New York University

NEW YORK, Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The fifth Clean Energy Connections event, 'Biomimicry in the Big City: Can Nature Inspire Cleantech Solutions?' will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2011, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, 44 Charlton Street (at Varick Street), New York, NY 10014.

Solar One and the New York City Accelerator for a Clean and Renewable Economy (NYC ACRE) at Polytechnic Institute of New York University present the fifth event of their discussion series and online forum, Clean Energy Connections. Developed in collaboration with Terrapin Bright Green, Biomimicry in the Big City will feature industry experts discussing how entrepreneurs and designers are utilizing the principles of biomimicry to change the way companies design, build and operate clean energy technologies. This will be an exploration not only of biomimetic design in the cleantech space, but also of the benefits and challenges of this collaborative model. Acknowledged thought leaders in the industry will tackle this topic, including Mark Dorfman from the Biomimicry Guild; Chris Garvin from Terrapin Bright Green; Sam Cochran from SMIT; and Pat Sapinsley from Good Energies. Miriam Pye from NYSERDA will deliver opening remarks.  

Clean Energy Connections brings together professionals, policymakers, investors and academia to explore major topics shaping New York City's blossoming cleantech industry, and it provides an expert forum to share best practices and new inspirations. Clean Energy Connections was developed in partnership with the Energy $mart Communities program of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and is sponsored by NYSERDA, Loeb & Loeb LLP, and Con Edison's Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs. Greentech Media is the media sponsor for this series and host the live web stream of this event at

Opening Speaker:

  • Miriam Pye, Project Manager, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)


  • Mark Dorfman, Consulting Scientist, Biomimicry 3.8  
  • Chris Garvin, Partner, Terrapin Bright Green
  • Sam Cochran, Co-founder, CEO & Chief Design Officer, SMIT
  • Pat Sapinsley, Venture Partner, Good Energies; President, Build Efficiently, LLC


  • Reena Shana, Contributing Editor, SmartPlanet, a CBS Interactive site

This event is open to the public.  General admission is $25, and student admission is $10. Advanced registration is required at

Solar One is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing energy and environmental awareness, and inspiring action through public education and cultural programming. Solar One is the Manhattan and Staten Island contractor for Energy $mart Communities, a program of NYSERDA.

NYC ACRE at NYU-Poly is New York City's first cleantech incubator seeded by a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), aimed at growing an ecosystem of entrepreneurs, international companies, and innovative local businesses that provide solutions to climate and energy issues while growing the cleantech/renewable energy sector and creating jobs in NYC.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels.  NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs.  A public benefit corporation, NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.

Greentech Media delivers research and analysis in the business-to-business greentech market. Using an integrated platform, we produce high quality products, whether it is industry news, market research or networking events. GTM Research, the research arm of the company, produces in-depth market reports and is the publisher of PV News, a monthly solar market tracker. Greentech Media is headquartered in Boston, MA, with operations in New York, NY, San Francisco, CA and Munich. For more information, visit

Clean Energy Connections Sponsors

Platinum -- NYSERDA

Gold – Con Edison, Loeb & Loeb LLP

Clean Energy Connections Partners

Greentech Media, Young Professionals in Energy, New York Association for Energy Economics

SOURCE Polytechnic Institute of New York University