Bryony Schwan

Byrony Schwan is Executive Director and co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8 Institute, a non-profit organization that promotes biomimicry, the science of imitating and using nature’s best designs and processes to solve human problems. Byrony is also Vice President of Community Relations for the Biomimicry Group and an affiliate faculty member in Environmental Studies at the University of Montana.

Byrony previously founded and served as Executive Director and National Campaigns Director for Women’s Voices for the Earth, which works on the links between toxic pollution and health. She also founded the Women’s Institute for Leadership Development in Women, the Young Women’s Outdoor Leadership Project, and co-founded the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

She has served on many boards, including the Social Justice Fund Northwest, the Alliance for Sustainable Jobs and the Environment, Greenpeace USA, and St. Patrick’s Hospital Women’s Center. Byrony has received several awards for her work including an AWR Conservation Award, the Len and Sandy Sargent Award for Environmental Activism and Montana’s Jeannete Rankin Peacemaker of the Year Award.

Born in Zimbabwe, Bryony moved to the US in 1981. She has a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Natal, South Africa, and an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana.

Organization: Biomimicry 3.8 Institute

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