Podcast: Holistic Nature of Us: Meet Katrina VanDeusen, Ecological Engineer

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Description: What is phytoremediation? It’s plant-based solutions to healing toxic spills on our land. Katrina, ‘Kat’ VanDuesen explains how our invaluable plants clean up toxic waste and contamination whether metals, radiation, oils and other contaminants. Serious health issues, as well as health issues within our soil, water, and air, are well documented from some of these very toxic spills. Ecological environmental applications work. Kat tells us how nature has solutions.

About My Guest: Katrina. VanDeusen is an Environmental Scientist with over 20 years of broad-based professional experience in environmental applications developing multi-media remediation strategies for both public and private sector clients in the New York City metropolitan area.  Her technical experience includes Phase I, Phase II Site Investigations, Preliminary Assessments, Ecological Evaluations, Remedial Investigation, Remedial Alternatives Analysis, Environmental Site Assessments, design of bioremediation systems, due diligence, legal support, wetland delineation, hydrology assessments, sensitive habitat multimedia sampling, community and habitat surveys, ecological engineering/restoration for both hazardous and non-hazardous sites.  Ms. VanDeusen’s technical writing skills include Preliminary Assessment reports, Remedial Action Workplans and reports, Site Investigation and Remedial Investigation reports, NEPA reports, Phase I and Phase II technical reports, environmental liability assessments, Vapor Intrusion Reports, wetland delineation and ecological restoration reports.

Transcript: #27 Kat VanDuesen 

Blog: Biomimicry: Nature’s Secrets: Hidden Unity and Instructions

I am so inspired by the work of this Institute and their vision. Posing challenges with the intent of looking for nature-inspired solutions creates innovation from the most unlikely of species and functions in nature. Jeanine Benyus asks these questions: How would nature solve this? How does nature optimize energy usage? How does nature create multiple functions?

She leaves us with these thoughts:

  • “The best ideas may not be ours.”
  • Life runs on sunlight and wastes nothing.
  • Everything is upcycled.
  • We are a very young species. What would happen if we saw ourselves as apprentices?

My podcast guest this week, Erika Harrison, principal of Eco-Tone Advisors and president of the Board of Directors for the Biomimicry Institute, ignited my sense of curiosity with her passion for the innovation and possibilities this Institute generates. She reminds me how intelligent nature is. As Jeanine says, “If we could quiet our clevermind”, what wonders would we witness and what solutions could we create? I highly recommend their website. Many challenges are explained and how nature provided solutions. Inspiring. Provocative. Engaging. Timely.

Enjoy and please share. Your comments are appreciated.

Judith

Podcast: Erika Harrison, President, Board of Directors Biomimicry Institute

Description: The Biomimicry Institue is a non-profit organization that seeks to empower people to create nature-inspired solutions for a healthy planet. This Institute works to create a new generation of sustainability innovators by focusing on education and entrepreneurship through youth education, global design challenges, and AskNature. Erika gives us several examples of innovative designs created through observing and applying functions to our problems. Intrigued? I am. I hope you join us for this provocative and timely discussion. All comments are appreciated!

About My Guest: “Erika is President of the Board of Directors with the Biomimicry Institute – a nonprofit organization empowering people to create nature-inspired solutions for a healthy planet. The Biomimicry Institute works to create a new generation of sustainability innovators by focusing on education and entrepreneurship through youth education, Global Design Challenges, and AskNature. Erika is also principal of EcoTone Advisors – a boutique strategy, coaching, and consulting firm serving leadership teams, executives, and philanthropists creating personal legacies and purpose-driven organizations for the greater good. Erika earned her MA in Communication & Culture and BA in Cultural Anthropology & Environmental Studies. She is certified in applied Knowledge Management and participatory adult education and integrates strategies inspired by nature in her work, life, and play”. Principal, Ecotone Advisors

Transcript:  #24 Erika Harrison

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