UNEP awarded seven global recipients at the Business for the Environment Summit in Paris last week. “Intellect, vision and drive unites each of our 2009 winners – key qualities urgently needed with the crucial U.N. climate convention meeting in December,” said Achim Steiner, the U.N. Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme. “These qualities are also essential to turn the current and coming crises into an opportunity to realize a sustainable, green economy for the 21st century.”
Janine Benyus, author and founder of the Biomimicry Institute, Biomimicry Guild, and Biomimicry Technologies, earned a science and innovation distinction for her work on developing biologically based design principles, businesses and jobs.
“This award is a great honor for all those who are shaping the emerging field of biomimicry, innovation inspired by nature,” Benyus stated. “A sustainable world already exists, in the prairies, forests, tundras, and coral reefs of our planet. The search for solutions to problems like climate change should start here, emulating life-enhancing technologies that have been field tested for 3.8 billion years”.