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Environmental Building News on the launch of Version 3 of the Cradle to Cradle Certified program

Building.com’s Environmental Building News reports from Greenbuild. Here’s an excerpt: The long-anticipated third version of the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) green product standard will add a new certification level and make energy and water requirements more stringent—at the same time loosening ingredient disclosure requirements—for entry-level certification. Control of the standard has also been transferred to the nonprofit Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute (C2CPII), which announced the changes at a November 14 press conference at Greenbuild …

Critic John King profiles William McDonough in San Francisco Chronicle

John King spent some time with our founder, at our San Francisco studio, and at the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay construction site (a project we designed with Stantec) during the busy Greenbuild week, and told some the story of this “green pioneer” and his architecture work in the San Francisco Chronicle on November 14. Here are some excerpts– McDonough, 61, has created the equivalent of a multiplatform brand in Earth-friendly design, forging partnerships with …

William McDonough quoted in Entrepreneur.com story about upcycling

Our founder is quoted in a recent Entrepreneur.com article: “Upcycling Becomes a Treasure Trove for Green Business Ideas: Forget recycling. Reusing materials discarded in the manufacturing process is a growing force behind a fresh new industry.” Some excerpts– If you’re not up on the green lingo, the best way to think of upcycling is that it’s like a sexier, even greener version of recycling. When something is recycled (or “downcycled”), it’s broken down into something of lesser …

AIA California Council awards UCSF Medical Center with Client Achievement Honor Award

Congratulations to University of California San Francisco Medical Center leaders. The American Institute of Architects California Council has honored UCSF Medical Center & UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital with a Client Achievement Honor Award. We are so proud to have had a chance to work with UCSF on the design of these facilities, which are now under construction under the supervision of our architecture partners, Stantec, and DPR Construction. We are fortunate in our practice to …

David Johnson and Kira Gould will speak at the AIA national convention in June in Denver

Managing partner David Johnson, AIA, and director of communications Kira Gould, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA, will speak at the 2013 AIA national convention in Denver. On June 21 Johnson and Gould will speak, along with NASA Ames Research Center Associate Director Steven Zornetzer and Stacy Glass, the Executive in Residence, Building Products, at the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, about Cradle to Cradle inspired design at the product, building, and community/development scale. On June …

The Rise of Living Architecture: new book features Ford Rouge

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities has a new book out, and William McDonough, Roger Schickedantz, and the Ford Rouge project are featured… The Rise of Living Architecture Commemorative Edition celebrates the contribution of more than 50 leading experts to the development of the green roof and wall industry over the past decade. Leadership profiles are drawn from a wide range of business, academia, policy and design professionals. These extraordinary individuals share their greatest accomplishments and views …

San Francisco Chronicle reports on upcoming Cradle to Cradle events

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Leah Garchik mentioned the upcoming gala honoring William McDonough in her column on October 3– “A shiny array of celebrities is headed here for a Nov. 14 Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute dinner at the Bently Reserve. Susan Sarandon hosts and Meryl Streep will introduce honoree Bill McDonough, an international architect and environmental advocate, co-founder of the Cradle to Cradle certification system for environmentally beneficial products. The event takes place during …

Meryl Streep and Susan Sarandon will join San Francisco gala honoring William McDonough

Meryl Streep and Susan Sarandon will headeadline the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute Gala honoring Cradle to Cradle® co-creator William McDonough in November in San Francisco. World leaders in design, innovation, technology, and manufacturing will gather on November 14 to honor McDonough and support the nonprofit sustainable growth certification organization, the Institute, which was founded by McDonough and Dr. Michael Braungart. The event will celebrate McDonough’s contributions to the sustainable growth (including the Hannover …