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William McDonough

William McDonough

William McDonough is a designer, a globally recognized leader in sustainable development, and Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Meta-Council on the Circular Economy. For more than 40 years, McDonough—through McDonough Innovation, William McDonough + Partners, Architects, and MBDC—has defined the principles of the sustainability movement. The revolutionary Cradle to Cradle® philosophy he co-created with Michael Braungart and codified in Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things is a framework for understanding what we make as biological or technical nutrients that can be returned to the soil or upcycled endlessly. McDonough has received the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development (1996), the first U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (2003), and the National Design Award. In 2007, following Hurricane Katrina, McDonough and Brad Pitt co-founded the Make It Right Foundation to bring Cradle to Cradle-inspired homes to people in need. In 2009, he and Braungart co-founded the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, to scale up the rigorous product certification program. McDonough became the subject of Stanford University Libraries’ first Living Archive in 2012. Time magazine recognized him as a “Hero for the Planet,” noting: “His utopianism is grounded in a unified philosophy that—in demonstrable and practical ways—is changing the design of the world.”

William McDonough's Posts

Circularity Depends on Design Circularity Depends on Design

William McDonough and HIVE Panel Drive to the Heart of the Matter. Read more

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Solving Problems With Innovative Products Solving Problems With Innovative Products

HIVE 100 winner Eben Bayer explains the connection between nature and innovation Read more

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Advocating for Fresh Air in Homes Advocating for Fresh Air in Homes

HIVE panelist and entrepreneur Bill Hayward has a passion for cleaner indoor air Read more

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FOUNDING PRINCIPAL, WILLIAM MCDONOUGH + PARTNERS Read more

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Hanley Wood Announces Program for Hive 2016 Hanley Wood Announces Program for Hive 2016

Headliners include architect Sarah Susanka, of “The Not So Big House” series; author/speaker William McDonough; Ivy Zelman, CEO of Zelman & Associates; Svenja Gudell, chief economist of Zillow; and Henry Cisneros, former HUD Secretary. Read more

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