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William McDonough is an architect and a globally recognized leader in sustainable development. He was the inaugural chair of the World Economic Forum’s Meta-Council on the Circular Economy and currently serves on the Forum’s Global Future Council on the Future of Environment and Natural Resource Security. For more than 40 years, McDonough—through McDonough Innovation, William McDonough + Partners, Architects, and MBDC—has defined the principles of the sustainability movement. His Values to Value approach points the way toward “more good, rather than less bad”—showing how a positive future of continuous improvement is possible now.

 McDonough 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 2009, he co-founded the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute to scale up the rigorous Cradle to Cradle 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.” In 2017, William McDonough was recognized for Circular Economy Leadership at the World Economic Forum in Davos, for outstanding contribution to the development of a prosperous and sustainable economy. Most recently, William McDonough shared a New Language for Carbon, which illustrates of a values-based terminology that recognizes carbon as an asset, rather than a toxin, and the life-giving carbon cycle as a model for human designs. 

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