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Bryony Schwan

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Bryony Schwan is the executive director and cofounder of The Biomimicry Institute, a nonprofit organization that promotes the new science of biomimicry. Bryony is also an affiliate faculty member at the University of Montana where she teaches in the environmental studies program.Prior to that Bryony worked for 11 years as the executive director and then as the national campaigns director for Women's Voices for the Earth (WVE) a nonprofit environmental justice organization that she founded in 1995. WVE works on the links between toxic pollution and women's and children's health. From 2001 to 2004, Bryony cofounded and coordinated Coming Clean, a national alliance of health and environmental groups. She was also a cofounder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.Bryony has a B.A. in fine arts from the University of Natal in South Africa and an M.S. in environmental studies from the University of Montana. Bryony's work has taken her around the world from speaking on chemical policy in Europe to lobbying at the United Nations Treaty Negotiations on Eliminating Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in South Africa. She has received several awards for her work including an AWR Conservation Award, the Len and Sandy Sargent Award for Environmental Activism and Montana's Jeannette Rankin Peacemaker of the Year Award (2002).Bryony is also the founder of the Women's Institute for Leadership Development in Women (WILD Women) and the Young Women's Outdoor Leadership Project (now called GUTS! Girls Using Their Strengths). Bryony coproduces In Other Words, a weekly feminist radio show on Montana Public Radio and in 2008 was executive producer of Ask the Planet, a multiaward winning children's biomimicry music album.Bryony Schwan is the executive director and cofounder of The Biomimicry Institute, a nonprofit organization that promotes the new science of biomimicry. Bryony is also an affiliate faculty member at the University of Montana where she teaches in the environmental studies program.
Prior to that Bryony worked for 11 years as the executive director and then as the national campaigns director for Women's Voices for the Earth (WVE) a nonprofit environmental justice organization that she founded in 1995. WVE works on the links between toxic pollution and women's and children's health. From 2001 to 2004, Bryony cofounded and coordinated Coming Clean, a national alliance of health and environmental groups. She was also a cofounder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
Bryony has a B.A. in fine arts from the University of Natal in South Africa and an M.S. in environmental studies from the University of Montana. Bryony's work has taken her around the world from speaking on chemical policy in Europe to lobbying at the United Nations Treaty N