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Factory as Forest- The Methodology, Measurement and Implementation behind a Move from Zero Footprint to Positive Impact

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This session will follow an earlier main-stage presentation on the same topic, with the goal of offering additional discussion and learning. More specifically, this session will go deeper into exploring a tool anyone can use to assess their net positive opportunities, along with additional material to support a deeper dialogue around net positive approaches to manufacturing. Between the main-stage presentation and this follow-up panel, the “Factory as Forest” series will give the audience prime examples of cutting-edge thinking and applications needed to drive the changes we need for a more regenerative and restorative role of business in tomorrow’s world.

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Factory as Forest- The Methodology, Measurement and Implementation behind a Move from Zero Footprint to Positive Impact

  1. 1. #sb18vancouver Factory as Forest: The Methodology, Measurement and Implementation behind a Move from Zero Footprint to Positive Impact Nicole Hagerman Miller Biomimicry 3.8 @Biomimicry38 Erin Meezan Interface @Erinmeez Erin Rovalo Biomimicry 3.8 @Biomimicry38
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  5. 5. Biomimicry 3.8 | Biomimicry.net How might businesses shift their sustainability strategy from net zero to net positive?
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  9. 9. Biomimicry 3.8 | Biomimicry.net Net positive vision and values Knowing local habitat Matching ecological performance Mindset Reference Metrics
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  11. 11. Biomimicry 3.8 | Biomimicry.net Cultivating a vision to design towards “When the forest and the city are functionally indistinguishable, then we know we’ve reached sustainability.” Janine Benyus American natural sciences writer, author of Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, co-founder Biomimicry 3.8
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  13. 13. Biomimicry 3.8 | Biomimicry.net BUILDINGS CAN BE TOO
  14. 14. Biomimicry 3.8 | Biomimicry.net BUILDINGS AS A “FOREST”: A GUIDE TO A NET POSITIVE BUILDINGS, CAMPUS, CITY… What are ecosystem services? The benefits people obtain from ecosystems. Ecosystem goods (such as food) and services (such as waste assimilation) represent the benefits the human populations derive, directly or indirectly, from ecosystem functions. (Costanza et al. 1997:253)
  15. 15. Biomimicry 3.8 | Biomimicry.net Ecosystem Services (Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, 2005)
  16. 16. Biomimicry 3.8 | Biomimicry.net • moderate weather extremes and their impacts • purify the air and water • pollinate crops and natural vegetation • generate and preserve soils and renew their fertility • cycle and move nutrients • detoxify and decompose wastes • maintain biodiversity • mitigate drought and floods • disperse seeds • protect people from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays • protect stream and river channels and coastal shores from erosion • control pests numbers • contribute to climate stability • regulate disease carrying organisms BE GENEROU S
  17. 17. Biomimicry 3.8 | Biomimicry.netBiomimicry.net LIFE CREATES CONDITIONS CONDUCIVE TO LIFE
  18. 18. Biomimicry 3.8 | Biomimicry.netBiomimicry.net LIFE CREATES CONDITIONS CONDUCIVE TO LIFE
  19. 19. Biomimicry 3.8 | Biomimicry.net NET POSITIVE MINDSET Self-Assessment Questionnaire Activity 1) Takeself- assessment 2) Do live poll 3) Discussion question at table Go to surveymonkey.com/r/NetPositiveMindset OR, scan QR code with phone camera
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  21. 21. Biomimicry 3.8 | Biomimicry.net ReferenceKnowing local habitat
  22. 22. Biomimicry 3.8 | Biomimicry.net Map of Terrestrial Ecoregions
  23. 23. Biomimicry 3.8 | Biomimicry.netCredit: www.ecologypocketguide.com
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  25. 25. Biomimicry 3.8 | Biomimicry.net FUNCTION MANAGE WATER CONTEXT DESERT & XERIC SHRUBLAND CONTEXT SUBTROPICAL MOIST BROADLEAF FOREST CONTEXT MANGROVES Biomimicry 3.8 | Biomimicry.net
  26. 26. Biomimicry 3.8 | Biomimicry.net Ecology Pocket Guide EcologyPocketGuide.com
  27. 27. Biomimicry 3.8 | Biomimicry.net Ecoregions 2017 ecoregions2017.appspot.com
  28. 28. Biomimicry 3.8 | Biomimicry.net How might a net positive business in your reference habitat perform? CARBON SEQUESTRATION ATMOSPHERIC QUALITY WATER CYCLING SOIL FORMATION & RETENTION HABITAT & BIODIVERSITY PROVISION
  29. 29. Biomimicry 3.8 | Biomimicry.net MetricsMatching ecological performance
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  37. 37. Biomimicry 3.8 | Biomimicry.net Framework Supports Certification Standards i.e. Living Building Challenge, WELL, LEED, etc.
  38. 38. Biomimicry 3.8 | Biomimicry.netBiomimicry 3.8 | Biomimicry.netINTERFACE, INC. World’s largest manufacturer of modular carpet CREATE A CARPET FACTORY THAT FUNCTIONS LIKE A FOREST Our work is driving Interface’s ground- breaking initiative to turn three of its international carpet facilities into factories that function like the ecosystem next door, providing vital services like purifying water. It’s a project that could revolutionize the impact manufacturers have on the planet.
  39. 39. Biomimicry 3.8 | Biomimicry.netBiomimicry 3.8 | Biomimicry.netINTERFACE, INC.
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  43. 43. Biomimicry 3.8 | Biomimicry.net 44 Factory as a Forest • Factory as a Forest features under consideration in Long Run Plant – Climate (Temperature) Control of Factory Space – Passive Cooling Labyrinth – Storm Water bio swales w/ water feature – Landscape Parking for shading – Outdoor break areas with water feature – Saw Tooth Roofing for daylight – Windows for Outdoor views – Green Wall Landscaping – Green Roof section visible from 2nd floor offices/meeting spaces – Rainwater collection from roof for Kyle 2 Toilets and Kyle 1 APC units – Salvage sections of current High Bay slab to use in landscaping and as material for truck parking lot – Electric Car Charging (two parking spaces) – Carbon Negative Components (Concrete Block, Wood)
  44. 44. Biomimicry 3.8 | Biomimicry.net 45 Factory as a Forest Features
  45. 45. Biomimicry 3.8 | Biomimicry.net 46 Factory as a Forest Features
  46. 46. Biomimicry 3.8 | Biomimicry.net IMPACT SCALING
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  48. 48. Biomimicry 3.8 | Biomimicry.net What is the opportunity in your company? How can companies help each other be net positive? How can a larger network collaborate towards net positive goals?
  49. 49. Biomimicry 3.8 | Biomimicry.net Join us on the path towards net positive.

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