Free Lecture: Using Fungi to Replace Plastics

Friday, February 22, 2013, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

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ECOVATIVE

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 22 2013 | 6:00PM | ROOM 215 | 7 EAST 7TH STREET

Ecovative has spent five years developing an alternative to plastics that are grown using fungi and agricultural waste. Sam Harrington and Sue Van Hook of Ecovative will talk about the inspiration and thinking behind these materials from two perspectives: biology/mycology and engineering/design. These environmentally responsible innovations are influenced by natural systems design, and utilize billions of years of natural R&D.


This event is free and open to the public

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  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.