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Forbes: Method Products Plans World’s Biggest Rooftop Farm

Published by Forbes, October 10, 2014: Walmart has experimenting with some pretty large green roofs atop its stores, but green cleaning products company Method is taking this concept even farther. It is teaming up with Chicago-basedGotham Greens to plant what is being billed as the world’s largest urban rooftop farm. The 75,000-square-foot installation will be part of Method’s new manufacturing plant designed by William McDonough + Partners and planned for the south side of the city. The greenhouses are being designed to grow up …

September 15-17: William McDonough at Resource Recycling Conference

The recycling industry’s most influential leaders, government officials and business executives join together this week for a collaborative opportunity at the 2014 Resource Recycling Conference.  Held in New Orleans, at the Hilton Riverside from September 15-17, the event will hold educational workshops, sessions hosted by industry leaders, and a tradeshow.  The conference will provide attendees with an overview of the current recycling industry, challenges faced, and advisement on how to expand a recycling program.  The full …

September 10-12: William McDonough at World Economic Forum in Tianjin, China

William McDonough is serving as Chair of the Metacouncil on the Circular Economy for the World Economic Forum (the Forum); as chair, and working with vice chair Ellen MacArthur, McDonough is leading a global conversation on circular economy principles and practice. The Circular Economy Metacouncil convenes international corporations, government officials, and global influencers over a two-year period to identify systemic changes needed to facilitate the shift to a sustainable global economy. Several key events are …

September 19: David Johnson speaks at UC Berkeley

On September 19 at UC Berkeley, David Johnson will discuss the William McDonough + Partners’ approach to design, which is centered on Cradle to Cradle® thinking. The application of this framework in architectural practice results in place-based, holistic solutions. David will illustrate this with several current examples of work in the studio.

Innovation Earth: Bringing NASA Technology Back to Earth

by Jennifer Grayson, published on The Huffington Post July 25, 2014 Harnessing asteroids. Sending humans to Mars. NASA has laid out some pretty sci-fi sounding plans for the next 20 years of space travel, but a more critical mission — at least for the sustainability of human life here on earth — may be the one it launched in Mountain View, California, just over two years ago: The Sustainability Base at the NASA Ames Research Center. The 50,000-square-foot lunar-shaped structure is the greenest government …

The McDonough Conversations: Who owns sustainability’s best ideas?

By Joel Makower Published July 14, 2014 on GreenBiz.com This is the latest installment in a regular series of conversations with William McDonough (@billmcdonough), designer, architect, author and entrepreneur. View previous columns here. Bill McDonough has long been at the forefront of sustainability-minded ideas and innovations, from green buildings to Cradle to Cradle product certification. Out of those two concepts alone have come countless new companies, products and services, even new business models. Which raises a question: Should individuals and companies own the breakthrough ideas that will solve …

The Method Behind A Clean-Up In Chicago’s South Side

Published on Forbes June 17, 2014, by Peter Kelly-Detwiler: In March of this year, Method—a ‘pioneer of premium planet-friendly and design-driven home, fabric and personal care products,’ announced plans to build Method’s first manufacturing facility. It will be located in the Pullman area on the South Side of Chicago, a pretty tough neighborhood. The plant will be one of only two LEED platinum certified factories to date, and will include a refurbished 600 kilowatt, 230 foot wind …

NASA Sustainability Base wins Good Design is Good Business Award

What can a federal agency teach the private sector? Good design is good business. CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — William McDonough + Partners is pleased to announce that Sustainability Base, the facility it designed for the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, has been named a Good Design is Good Business award winner by Architectural Record magazine. For 17 years, the magazine has honored a select group of projects whose intentions and results prove the …