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June 1: Roger Schickedantz to keynote at 2015 Grey to Green

Director and Architect at William McDonough + Partners, Roger Schickedantz will be keynoting at Grey to Green 2015.

The Circular Guide to Christmas

A leader in optimized resource management, Veolia, published a holiday gift guide “The circular guide to Christmas,” offering suggestions for environmentally conscious gifts.  William McDonough and Michael Braungart’s book The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability–Designing for Abundance is among the gifts suggested. View the full list of gifts on The circular guide to Christmas here. Find more books by William McDonough on Amazon.

Save The Soil, Save Ourselves – The McDonough Conversations

William McDonough and Joel Makower talk soil in the latest installment of The McDonough Conversations.  According to McDonough, there are two parts to keeping soil free of toxins: detoxifying and changing the way we make things.  “We want to go to a global-scale packaging protocol that allows things to either heal soil or give soil lightness and nutrition, or go back into industry forever and stop contaminating,” says McDonough. Read the full conversation, “Save the soil, …

The Indian Express: Revolutionising the Factory

By Vani Bahl, Published December 8, 2014 CHENNAI: The image of a ‘factory’, as propagated by the Industrial Revolution, is that of a smokestack polluting the sky, hot and dangerous exposed assembly lines, and dark and dingy manufacturing houses. Hero — the world’s largest manufacturer of two wheeled automotives — is all set to revolutionise the factory model at their newest manufacturing plant in the arid north-eastern part of Rajasthan in Neemrana. With the help of …

Greenbuild 2014 Wrap Up

William McDonough joined Cradle to Cradle® organizations and teams from coast to coast at the annual Greenbuild Conference and Expo October 20-24. Here are some of the highlights from this year’s event, held in New Orleans: 2014 MATERIALS & HUMAN HEALTH SUMMIT   On Tuesday, October 21, William McDonough delivered the 2014 Materials & Human Health Summit Keynote titled Material Health: Authentic Transparency and Optimization. The Opening Plenary address was followed by a conversation between McDonough and USGBC’s …

Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute Provides Path for Companies to Improve Product Health

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has announced it will offer a Material Health Certificate, a tool for manufacturers across industries to communicate their work toward chemically optimized products. The Material Health Certificate marks the first time the Institute has offered reporting of its comprehensive methodology in only one category. Established in 2006, the multi-attribute Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard has been widely recognized for its depth, …

William McDonough + Partners-Designed Garden Factory™ For World’s Largest Motorcycle Company

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, Oct. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Internationally acclaimed architecture firm William McDonough + Partners announced today the opening of a global factory and parts facility for Hero MotorCorp. Hero MotoCorp is the world’s largest manufacturer of two-wheeled automotives, and has officially opened the site for production in Rajasthan, India. Dubbed a “Garden Factory” by architect, author, and globally recognized thought leader William McDonough, the project showcases the company’s commitment to sustainability and the health and …

Hero MotoCorp “garden factory” in Neemrana

Published by Motown India, October 20, 2014 The Hero MotoCorp Ltd plant at Neemrana in Rajasthan [designed by William McDonough + Partners] has gone on stream. The plant will contribute towards enabling the company to surpass 100 million units in cumulative production by year 2020. The plant will be officially inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje Scindia. The Neemrana plant is Hero’s one-of-a-kind-garden factory. From efficient building envelope, to the Big Foot air handlers, …