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Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute Provides Path for Companies to Improve Product Health

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has announced it will offer a Material Health Certificate, a tool for manufacturers across industries to communicate their work toward chemically optimized products. The Material Health Certificate marks the first time the Institute has offered reporting of its comprehensive methodology in only one category. Established in 2006, the multi-attribute Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard has been widely recognized for its depth, …

William McDonough + Partners-Designed Garden Factory™ For World’s Largest Motorcycle Company

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, Oct. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Internationally acclaimed architecture firm William McDonough + Partners announced today the opening of a global factory and parts facility for Hero MotorCorp. Hero MotoCorp is the world’s largest manufacturer of two-wheeled automotives, and has officially opened the site for production in Rajasthan, India. Dubbed a “Garden Factory” by architect, author, and globally recognized thought leader William McDonough, the project showcases the company’s commitment to sustainability and the health and …

Hero MotoCorp “garden factory” in Neemrana

Published by Motown India, October 20, 2014 The Hero MotoCorp Ltd plant at Neemrana in Rajasthan [designed by William McDonough + Partners] has gone on stream. The plant will contribute towards enabling the company to surpass 100 million units in cumulative production by year 2020. The plant will be officially inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje Scindia. The Neemrana plant is Hero’s one-of-a-kind-garden factory. From efficient building envelope, to the Big Foot air handlers, …

Forbes: Method Products Plans World’s Biggest Rooftop Farm

Published by Forbes, October 10, 2014: Walmart has experimenting with some pretty large green roofs atop its stores, but green cleaning products company Method is taking this concept even farther. It is teaming up with Chicago-basedGotham Greens to plant what is being billed as the world’s largest urban rooftop farm. The 75,000-square-foot installation will be part of Method’s new manufacturing plant designed by William McDonough + Partners and planned for the south side of the city. The greenhouses are being designed to grow up …

September 15-17: William McDonough at Resource Recycling Conference

The recycling industry’s most influential leaders, government officials and business executives join together this week for a collaborative opportunity at the 2014 Resource Recycling Conference.  Held in New Orleans, at the Hilton Riverside from September 15-17, the event will hold educational workshops, sessions hosted by industry leaders, and a tradeshow.  The conference will provide attendees with an overview of the current recycling industry, challenges faced, and advisement on how to expand a recycling program.  The full …

September 10-12: William McDonough at World Economic Forum in Tianjin, China

William McDonough is serving as Chair of the Metacouncil on the Circular Economy for the World Economic Forum (the Forum); as chair, and working with vice chair Ellen MacArthur, McDonough is leading a global conversation on circular economy principles and practice. The Circular Economy Metacouncil convenes international corporations, government officials, and global influencers over a two-year period to identify systemic changes needed to facilitate the shift to a sustainable global economy. Several key events are …

September 19: David Johnson speaks at UC Berkeley

On September 19 at UC Berkeley, David Johnson will discuss the William McDonough + Partners’ approach to design, which is centered on Cradle to Cradle® thinking. The application of this framework in architectural practice results in place-based, holistic solutions. David will illustrate this with several current examples of work in the studio.

Innovation Earth: Bringing NASA Technology Back to Earth

by Jennifer Grayson, published on The Huffington Post July 25, 2014 Harnessing asteroids. Sending humans to Mars. NASA has laid out some pretty sci-fi sounding plans for the next 20 years of space travel, but a more critical mission — at least for the sustainability of human life here on earth — may be the one it launched in Mountain View, California, just over two years ago: The Sustainability Base at the NASA Ames Research Center. The 50,000-square-foot lunar-shaped structure is the greenest government …