Chief Executive, McDonough Innovation. A Time "Hero for the Planet,” Bill works at scales from global to molecular. His Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things is acknowledged as a seminal text of the sustainability movement.
William McDonough is a globally recognized leader in the field of sustainable development. He advises world leaders through his company McDonough Innovation and leads the architectural firm William McDonough + Partners as well as MBDC, developers and assessors of products for Cradle to Cradle Certification™.
He is active with the World Economic Forum where he has served on Global Agenda Councils including Sustainable Construction (Chair), Design, Cities, and Natural Environment and Resource Security. In 2015-2016 he served as the inaugural chair of the Forum’s Meta-Council on the Circular Economy.
McDonough has written and lectured extensively on design as the first signal of human intention. He co-authored The Hannover Principles: Design for Sustainability (1991), Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things (2002) and the follow up, The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance (2013).
He has held professorships at the University of Virginia, Cornell University and currently at Stanford University.
McDonough received the U.S. Presidential Award for Sustainable Development (1996), the first U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (2003), the National Design Award (2004) and the Fortune Award for Circular Economy Leadership (2017).
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.”
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