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NASA wins national CEIL honors for Sustainability Base, its Space Station on Earth

Congratulations to our client, NASA Ames Research Center, especially Pete Worden and Steve Zornetzer, and their teams who have brought the vision for Sustainability Base to reality. The Center for Environmental Innovation and Leadership announced the winners of the second annual CEIL Awards. The awards recognize military and federal, teams and programs that have demonstrated exemplary performance in integrating environmental stewardship into day-to-day activities. Awards highlight excellence in developing and implementing innovative environmental programs …

FIFPro House set to break ground at Park 20|20

On December 14, the Cradle to Cradle inspired Park 20|20 development in Amsterdam, will celebrate the groundbreaking of the FIFPro House. As the worldwide representative union for all professional soccer players, FIFPro’s global reach and the cultural diversity of its members have inspired the dynamic design for a new headquarters building located at Park 20|20 in the Netherlands. Shaped by a solar shade canopy, a monumental glass entry volume visually connects and activates interior public …

More coverage of NASA Sustainability Base: Check out the Earth Day book, Lessons Learned

LESSONS LEARNED, Volume 7, was published this fall and distributed at the USGBC’s annual Greenbuild conference. A feature article in the book, is “NASA Sustainability Base: Proving the Power of the Positive,” which covers this new project, which was under construction at the time of this story. Here’s an excerpt: Once in a while, collaboration between a design team and owner hits a sweet spot and the results can be magical. It was clear from the outset …

Congratulations to our client, B/S/H on the opening of its new home, Inspiration House, at Park 20|20

William McDonough + Partners is pleased to announce the grand opening of the new Bosch Siemens HOME (B/S/H) office building—The Inspiration House—which is part of Delta Development’s Park 20|20 in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, the country’s first Cradle to Cradle®-inspired development. Cradle to Cradle is a positive approach to design based on nature’s principles that was developed by American architect William McDonough and German chemist Dr. Michael Braungart in their 2002 book, Cradle to Cradle: …

Congratulations to our client, NASA, for its White House award for innovation

NASA is one of six recently announced 2011 GreenGov Presidential Award winners. The awards celebrate extraordinary achievement in the pursuit of President Obama’s Executive Order on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance. In 2009, President Obama challenged the Federal Government to lead by example by becoming leaner, greener and more efficient. He asked agencies and departments to become more energy efficient, reduce waste and water use, and use its purchasing power as the largest …

Environmental Design + Construction features American University project by WM+P

We’re so pleased that Environmental Design + Construction is showcasing a recent William McDonough + Partners project in this feature article authored by our own Katherine Grove, AIA. Here’s an excerpt: How can a building project on a Washington, D.C., college campus embody the values of global peace and social justice embraced by those who work, learn and teach there? This core question guided the vision for the new home of the School of International Service at …

In The Atlantic this month: architecture professor Ed Orlowski on the future of green, including a nod to William McDonough

Here’s an excerpt from this article from The Atlantic: An associate professor of architecture at Lawrence Technological University, Edward Orlowski teaches what he once practiced with Luckenbach | Ziegelman as a licensed architect in the state of Michigan. In addition to his work at LTU, Orlowski serves as a member of the U.S. Green Building Council Detroit Regional Chapter, the American Institute of Architects, and other organizations. Here, Orlowski discusses how sustainable architecture needs to be …

As we hit 7 billion: the Global Footprint Network cites Cradle to Cradle strategies

An excerpt: Humanity has reached a new milestone as we hit 7 billion. Never before have there been 7 billion people on planet earth, all at the same time. As we welcome the 7th billion global inhabitant, we also acknowledge the challenges we will face due to a burgeoning population explosion, resource depletion, food and water scarcity and overcrowded cities. This is especially true at a time when humanity as a whole is already using the …