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NASA Sustainability Base is being considered for White House’s GreenGov award

We at William McDonough + Partners are pleased to offer congratulations to our NASA Ames client: The NASA Sustainability Base, which is nearing completion now, is being considered for the White House GreenGov award and has asked NASA to provide material about the project for inclusion in its Action Success Stories. As Michelle Moore writes on the White House Council on Environmental Quality blog– Since President Obama signed Executive Order 13514 and kicked off the GreenGov Challenge, …

Bill McDonough interview on Nature of Business radio

Chrissy Coughlin hosts a radio show called “The Nature of Business” and recently interviewed Bill McDonough about Cradle to Cradle and its promise for the business community. McDonough, through his innovations, continues his mission to determine what is the right thing to do and then to do it as efficiently as possible because as he puts it, “If you are doing the wrong thing efficiently, you are being efficiently wrong — and it’s a problem.” Specifically, …

Merchants of Virtue: New book tells the Herman Miller story

Congratulations to Bill Birchard on his forthcoming book, Merchants of Virtue, which tells the story of Herman Miller, a company that has always been an innovator and a leader. We’re proud to have worked with Herman Miller and we celebrate their story and their commitment to Cradle to Cradle® design. An excerpt about the book– “Starting in 1990, Herman Miller, Inc., started on a 20-year drive to turn itself into an environmental leader. The premier maker of …

Construction continues at Karachi School of Business & Leadership

We are so pleased to be working with the Dawood Foundation on the Karachi School for Business & Leadership in Pakistan. This newly established business school in Pakistan takes ethics as a generating theme for the educational curriculum. Consequently, the building was designed to reinforce the idea of integration between the human and natural environment; embodying concepts of environmental responsibility and sustainability. Located in an urban setting near other institutions of higher education, the building will …

Michael Braungart talks about how Cradle to Cradle thinking can change the world

Here’s an excerpt from a new blog Q&A by Joanne Furio with Dr. Michael Braungart, the German chemist who co-created Cradle to Cradle with William McDonough. “Eco-effective products and their processes should not only “do no harm,” but actually benefit the environment, people and the economy. That uncompromising design philosophy was outlined by Michael Braungart, the German chemist, and William McDonough, the American architect, in their seminal 2002 book, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We …

Check out a new Greenbiz.com blog by one of our colleagues, Jay Bolus, at MBDC

Jay Bolus is a leader at MBDC, and a frequent collaborator with our William McDonough + Partner design teams. After recently attending NeoCon, here’s an excerpt from his Greenbiz.com post about “Why Green Marketing Should Go Beyond Description by Omission”– I recently returned from NeoCon, North America’s largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors. While this expo is not particularly focused on sustainability, I was disappointed that so few companies had made sustainability a priority …

Greenbuild sessions are live; registration is open. David Johnson will speak at the October event in Toronto.

We’ll be at Greenbuild this year, will you? We are delighted that David Johnson will be moderating and presenting at a panel called implementing Next Generation Cradle to Cradle: Policy & Practice. This will be a discussion about real-time demonstrations of Cradle to Cradle design realized at the scale of architecture and community design. We hope you will join Johnson, NASA Ames’s Steve Zornetzer, Shui On Land’s David Nieh, and Oberlin College’s David Orr for …

NASA Sustainability Base is nominated for a Katerva Award, designed to celebrate sustainability “game-changers” around the world

We are delighted to announce that their project, the NASA Sustainability Base has been nominated for a 2011 Katerva Award. The Katerva Awards are an annual set of awards for the very best sustainability initiatives on the planet. NASA’s new Sustainability Base, which William McDonough + Partners designed with AECOM and Loisos+Ubbelohde and is being built by Swinerton, is at the entrance to Ames Research Center at Moffett Field and is designed to showcase NASA’s …