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ASU partners with Park 20|20 for productivity assessment

From ASU News: The Arizona State University Global Sustainability Solutions Center (GSSC) at Haarlemmermeer announced its first project agreement in the Netherlands on Sept. 30. GSSC will conduct research and analysis for Park 20|20, the Netherlands’ first cradle-to-cradle working environment, in order to assess the links between employee and firm productivity and the built environment. Park 20|20, located in the town of Hoofddorp, is geared to energize and empower employees through a “human-centered design approach” via its …

William McDonough receives the Natural Products Association 2013 Rachel Carson Environmental Award

From the Natural Products Association website: The Rachel Carson Environmental Award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the protection of the environment. The winner for 2013 is William McDonough, a globally recognized leader in sustainable development. Trained as an architect, McDonough’s interests and influence range widely, and he works at scales from the global to the molecular. Time magazine recognized him in 1999 as a “Hero for the Planet,” stating that “his utopianism is grounded …

Congratulations Coert Zachariasse!

Our dear friend and collaborator, Coert Zachariasse, CEO of Delta Development Group, was selected as “the most influential person in the sustainable construction and real estate in the Netherlands” during Dutch Green Building Week -Sustainable 50 EN Realty. William McDonough + Partners has been collaborating with Coert and Delta Development Group on the award-winning master plan design and subsequent architecture projects at Park 20|20, the Netherlands’ first Cradle to Cradle-inspired development.

USGBC integrates Cradle to Cradle Certified Program in new LEED 4

The Cradle to Cradle Certified(CM) Program–a Pioneering Approach to Safe and Healthy Products Developed by an Architect and a Chemist–Integrated as Key Element of Globally Adopted Green Building Program The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Version 4 Rating System, overwhelmingly approved last week by member voters, includes the Cradle to Cradle Certified(CM) Program, solidifying the organization’s commitment to material health, a movement advanced for 25 years by American architect William McDonough and German chemist Michael Braungart. CHARLOTTESVILLE, …

Organic Connections features William McDonough

Excerpt: William McDonough: Designing for Abundance Architect and author William McDonough has been rec­og­nized by Time mag­a­zine as “Hero for the Planet,” and his best-selling 2002 book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things broke ground and became a sem­i­nal guide for the sus­tain­abil­ity move­ment. His career is filled with such firsts: While a stu­dent at Yale University, he designed and built the very first solar-heated home. The first green office in the US—for the Environmental Defense Fund—was designed …

Inhabitat Interview with William McDonough

Excerpt: INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Green Architect & Cradle to Cradle Founder William McDonough INHABITAT: What inspired you to write ‘Cradle to Cradle’ (the book) and launch the Cradle to Cradle system? William McDonough: From an early age, I was fascinated by differing attitudes towards resources. Growing up in Japan and Hong Kong, I was given my first look at complete material cycles, where waste becomes food, and resources like water are limited and precious. This contrasted greatly with the wastefulness …

Make It Right in Montana

ArchDaily reports on a new Make It Right endeavor: Make It Right Announces New Efforts on the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana The Make It Right organization, Brad Pitt’s LEED and Cradle-to-Cradle inspired efforts to bring sustainable homes to communities in need, is probably best known for its much publicized work in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans in the post-Hurrican Katrina climate.  But the breadth of this organization’s work stretches beyond this community rebuilding project.  Make It Right (MIR) has …

FORTUNE’s Brian Dumaine on The Upcycle

It’s Time to Rethink Recycling: Bill McDonough and Michael Braungart are refining the ideas they set out in their seminal work, Cradle to Cradle. Here’s an excerpt from Brian Dumaine’s article for Fortune about The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability–Designing for Abundance: In 2002, the renowned green architect Bill McDonough and his German business partner, Michael Braungart, an environmental chemist and former Greenpeace activist, wrote the groundbreaking book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. …