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New York Times features “Repair Cafe” in the Netherlands, inspired by Cradle to Cradle

A former journalist in the Netherlands has started a “repair cafe” trend and says she was inspired by Cradle to Cradle. Here are excerpts from the New York Times story– *** Conceived of as a way to help people reduce waste, the Repair Cafe concept has taken off since its debut two and a half years ago. The Repair Cafe Foundation has raised about $525,000 through a grant from the Dutch government, support from foundations and small …

Houston, We Have a Solution

On Earth Day, The Houston Chronicle featured William McDonough and Cradle to Cradle, in advance of McDonough’s speech at the Progressive Forum. Here’s an excerpt– Imagine a plastic water bottle too useful to toss. A chair that can be disassembled for reuse. A building that produces more energy than it consumes. Architect and product designer William McDonough, 61, practically sings when he talks about these things, because he has designed them – and seen most of them …

NASA Sustainability Base Celebrates Dedication…

What a great way to celebrate Earth Day: to dedicated the federal government’s greenest facility. We are honored to have worked with NASA and a talented team of firms to create this energy positive facility to support the health and well-being of NASA researchers at Ames, including the teams that work on NASA’s leading-edge Earth science studies and their advanced SOFIA project, among others. We are delighted to that the story is spreading out into through …

Cradle to Cradle has been translated yet again — now in Hebrew

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, originally published in 2002, has now been re-issued in Hebrew. Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai received the book as a Green Globe award for his launch of a bike rental system in his community.

Bill McDonough speaks today at U-Michigan-Flint’s Critical Issues series

Our founder is a featured keynote speaker today at the University of Michigan-Flint’s Critical Issues lecture series. He will talk about Cradle to Cradle philosophy, design, and innovation for a future of abundance for all. In advance of the afternoon speech, he will be meeting with students. More on the lecture series here.

Sustainability Base dedicated at Ames Research Center

Last week was an important milestone. NASA Ames celebrated the dedication of Sustainability Base, a project we were honored to be the lead designers of, and on which we worked with a large, amazing team. Just a couple of links… Fast Company’s Ariel Schwartz attended the dedication… here’s her piece. Here’s a great NASA video about the project.

William McDonough featured in a film project exploring the meaning of “legacy”

“The Legacy Project” explores this universal question of what we leave behind, using new cinematic portraiture techniques to draw viewers deep into questions of life, lifestyle, and one’s contribution to the future. This project is a portion of a broader set of explorations by videographers David Hodge and Hi-Jin Hodge, called Closer by the Minute. They use digital technology to show the depth and power of exploring a subject in a careful, methodical way. The works …

William McDonough in Dwell magazine: a conversation with science writer Alexis Madrigal

The April issue of Dwell magazine features a dynamic conversation between William McDonough and science writer Alexis Madrigal. Here’s the set-up– Young Billy McDonough, long before he cowrote Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things with Michael Braungart or won a National Design Award, or generally presided as one of the big thinkers around sustainable design, learned how energy worked with his body. As a boy growing up in Japan, he lived in an …