How can we gain ideas from nature for retrofitting our homes, buildings, and communities with new technology that lightens our environmental footprint?

As humans, most of us spend a significant portion of our lives indoors. Buildings keep us safe and warm, but they depend upon natural resources—materials, water, energy—to do so. Buildings account for a significant portion of energy used across the globe. For example, in the United States, they annually consume nearly 40% of the total energy used.

How can we gain ideas from nature for retrofitting our homes, buildings, and communities with new technology that lightens our environmental footprint? For example, how does nature use insulation to reduce energy use? How does it reduce water usage? How does it manage resources in a closed-loop system, leaving nothing to waste? Explore this collection to learn how nature does these things and more. Consider how emulating these strategies in human designs could make our existing buildings and communities more life-friendly.