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The McDonough Conversations: From Clinton to Gore and beyond

Excerpt from Joel Makower’s recent interview with William McDonough on Greenbiz.com: This is the latest in a periodic series of one-on-one interviews with William McDonough(@billmcdonough), renowned designer, architect, author and entrepreneur, looking into his rich, kaleidoscopic professional world. McDonough has been at the forefront of many of sustainability’s most important trends: green buildings, closed-loop systems and Cradle to Cradle design, among others. (You can read the first installment here.) I’ll be checking in with McDonough periodically to hear what he’s working on …

‘Upcycling’ business: honouring nature while meeting society’s needs

A new fellowship seeks to bring young designers and engineers together to reinvent the economy with a sustainable philosophy by William McDonough, published in the Guardian December 6, 2013 In a watershed event in the emergence of the circular economy, hundreds of business leaders, educators and entrepreneurs joined to celebrate the launch of The Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship. The fellowship is an international postgraduate programme on the circular economy, pairing students and academics from leading universities in Europe, India and the US …

Health Matters: a report from Greenbuild including a William McDonough + Partners leader

Kira Gould, director of communications for William McDonough + Partners, spoke at the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild conference in Philadelphia. She was on a panel in the Master Speakers series, following a keynote by Dr. Richard Jackson. Here are excerpts from an article on the event: Dr. Richard Jackson, professor and chair of environmental health sciences at UCLA, attributes America’s most prevalent health problems—childhood and adult obesity, diabetes, depression and heart disease—as direct results of the …

William McDonough on Greenbiz: On joy and cereal boxes

The McDonough Conversations: On joy and cereal boxes By Joel Makower Published November 14, 2013 This is the first in a periodic series of one-on-one interviews with William McDonough, the renowned designer, architect and entrepreneur, looking into his rich, kaleidoscopic professional world. McDonough has been at the forefront of many of sustainability’s most important trends: green buildings, closed-loop systems and Cradle to Cradle design, among others. I’ll be checking in with McDonough periodically to hear what he’s working on and thinking about — …

William McDonough featured in Forbes

Excerpt from Forbes: The Upcycle And Waging Peace Through Commerce: William McDonough Wants Us To Design Our Way To Abundance Peter Kelly-Detwiler, Contributor William McDonough wants people and businesses to start thinking in a whole different way about how and why we do things. Instead of thinking only about limitations and how to minimize the damage we do to our ecosystems and our planet as a whole, he suggests we stand that thinking on its head.  Why not also …

The Power Of Principled Innovation

Excerpt from Marc Stoiber’s November 5 post: Innovation is a hot topic. You hear daily about its democratization, globalization and acceleration. But in the all the breathless wonder at our speed of progress, one question seldom gets asked: is every innovation good for us? This is where the concept of principled innovation comes in. I first heard the term from William McDonough, with whom I first spoke prior to the 2013 Sustainable Brands conference. McDonough introduced the world to Cradle To Cradle thinking, and is …

NASA Sustainability Base featured in gb&d

Excerpt from gbdmagazine.com: No other name is as synonymous with the modern day sustainability movement as William McDonough. The architect, author, designer, and founding principal of William McDonough + Partners is world-renowned for his creation of cradle-to-cradle design, an economic, industrial, and social framework developed with chemist Michael Braungart that helps create systems that are both energy efficient and waste free. So, when planning began on the new NASA Sustainability Base—the agency’s new facility at the …

Ford plant living roof growing strong 10 years later

Excerpt from the Detroit Free Press: Ten years after Ford planted vegetation atop a massive truck assembly plant, the largest living roof in the U.S. is flourishing and others have followed the automaker’s lead. Ford was a pioneer a decade ago when it created a living roof on top of the Dearborn Truck Plant. It was a unique way to save on roofing materials and cooling costs while addressing water runoff and other ecological concerns. “Ford was incredibly courageous and …