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Coming up in 2012: Rio+20 Earth Summit, and the 20th anniversary of the seminal Hannover Principles

In 1992, William McDonough represented architects and the American Institute of Architects at the Rio Earth Summit, at which Agenda 21 and the Rio Declaration were signed. At that time, McDonough and Michael Braungart wrote the Hannover Principles (published in book form the next year), to be presented at the Hannover World Expo in 2000. Learn about Agenda 21 here. Learn about the Rio Declarationhere. Learn about the Rio+20 Earth Summit here. From the Earth Summit site: The world is …

ENR California honors NASA Sustainability Base with a “best green building” award

ENR California has announced the 34 winners of the 2011 Best Projects awards. For the first time, projects this year were also submitted from Washington, Oregon, Hawaii and Alaska to ENR California’s competition. Judges picked a top winner in each category, along with Award of Merit winners in many of the categories. More information about each of these projects will be included in the December 5 issue of ENR California. Also, these projects and the teams that …

William McDonough at Jefferson Innovation Summit: see clips on CNBC

This week, William McDonough is a delegate to the Jefferson Innovation Summit, hosted at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business in Charlottesville. The Summit was designed to bring together the brightest minds in business, government, academia, media, and the arts to talk about creating and sustaining a society of entrepreneurs and innovators. CNBC’s Tyler Mathisen is serving as moderator. You can find video clips from the Rotunda Dialogues of the Summit, at this CNBC …

William McDonough launches new design initiatives

We are pleased to announce that we have launched a product design initiative that includes consumer products, building products, and much more. Bill McDonough has, in the past, worked with such companies as Shaw Industries, MechoSystems, and DesignTex to design product lines, and now this effort is being expanded. We’ll have more to share by the start of the new year. We are also now assisting organizations and communities in renewable energy optimization, helping …

Brad Pitt introduces Bill McDonough’s Green Challenge keynote in Amsterdam; see the introduction and keynote now on YouTube

Last month, William McDonough served as lead juror for the Dutch PostCode Lottery’s prestigious Green Challenge competition, which is designed to support inventors of sustainability-focused ideas and technologies. People from around the world enter their innovations, and finalists come to Amsterdam, where they get professional advice on how to shape and communicate their innovations. The finalists present to a high level jury and a winner is selected. This year’s winner, Nick Christy, created a Water …

Green Challenge finalists selected in Amsterdam

Bill McDonough is chairing the jury, and today the finalists in the Dutch Postcode Lottery Green Challenge were announced. The 2011 finalists and their projects are– Svante Bengtsson: Rehact Marjolein Helder: Plant-e Eden Full: SunSaluter Nick Christy: Water Recycling Shower Peter van Dommele: 4-D Chameleon Andreas Zachariah: Carbon Diem Learn more on the Green Challengeweb site, which includes links to how you can follow the activities online. You can also find links to the finalists to learn more about their innovative ideas …

Bill McDonough speaks at PICNIC this week, chairs Dutch Postcode Lottery GREEN CHALLENGE

Bill McDonough will be serving as the honorary chair juror for the Netherlands Postcode Lottery GREEN CHALLENGE competition. He is joined by Liesbeth van Tongeren (Former director of Greenpeace Netherlands, MP for the Dutch Green Left party), Marty Pickett (Executive Director & General Counsel of Rocky Mountain Institute), Marieke van Schaik (Managing Director Dutch Postcode Lottery), Kofi Nketsia-Tabiri (Chief Innovations Officer, Patient Capital Partners), Jim Walker (Chief operating officer and co-founder of The Climate …

Silicon Valley Buzz features NASA Sustainability Base

The NASA Sustainability Base, the new 50,000-sf office building that is nearing completion on the Ames Research Center campus at Moffett Field, continues to attract attention and generate buzz. The latest is literally buzz: Silicon Valley Buzz features an interview with Steve Zornetzer, the Associate Center Director at NASA Ames. Sustainability Base, is designed to showcase NASA’s culture of innovation. The client charged the team with delivering a facility that embodies NASA’s spirit, fosters collaboration, …