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Michael Braungart & William McDonough win prestigious WorldGBC David Gottfried Award

Dr. Michael Braungart and William McDonough have been awarded the prestigious WorldGBC David Gottfried Global Green Building Entrepreneurship Award for their unique, innovative and entrepreneurial contribution to the global green building movement.

Tai Lee Siang, WorldGBC’s Chairman, honoured the two individuals at a special ceremony in Jaipur, India. The WorldGBC’s David Gottfried Award recognises individuals whose contributions have been particularly pioneering, displaying an entrepreneurism that has helped to transform or advance the green building mission. Braungart and McDonough were chosen as this year’s winners for their unique approach to a business-led green building strategy. In particular, the pair were praised for their 2002 book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, which strongly advocated for Cradle to Cradle approaches within businesses to design products which eliminate the concept of waste, use clean energy, value clean water and healthy ecosystems. About the green building movement Dr. Braungart said: "We need an architecture that celebrates the human footprint, buildings in which the air is better than outside and which clean the water and the air, just like trees."


"The need for true innovation has never been more profound then now. We are capable of creating high-quality circular alternatives which are beneficial for humans and nature. If the future can be positive, why choose differently?"

Michael Braungart


Current Events


Brazilian Steel Conference 2018, São Paulo, Brazil

The Brazil Steel Institute holds on August 21 and 22, in São Paulo, the 29th Brazilian Steel Conference, gathering about 500 attendees, including players of the steel industry, government, metal mechanical chain industries, banks, consulting firms, academy, members of parliament and the press.

The Opening of the Brazilian Steel Conference will include speeches by Michel Temer, President of Brazil, Márcio França (State Governor of São Paulo) and Alexandre de Campos Lyra (Chairman of the Board of Brazil Steel Institute).

Prof. Michael Braungart will give a presentation entitled “Buildings and vehicles as material banks, the future of steel is just beginning” in panel 4 “Sustainability in the steel industry” on Tuesday (21-08 at 4:40 pm). Language: English


American Steel Experts’ Dialogue, São Paulo, Brazil

As part of the "IEA Global Sustainable Technology Roadmap for Iron & Steel", a one-day expert dialogue will take place in São Paulo on August 22, 2018.
Prof. Michael Braungart will give a keynote address in Session 2 ("What role circularity and resource efficiency can play in the Latin American iron & steel industry?") at 2.20 pm entitled "From a Circular to a Cradle to Cradle Economy, from downcycling to upcycling of steel". Language: English


Cradle to Cradle Congress 2018, Lüneburg
The next Cradle to Cradle Congress will take place on 14. & 15. September 2018 at Leuphana University in Lüneburg.
As in previous years, there will be workshops and keynotes on the implementation of Cradle to Cradle, amongst others by Prof. Dr. Mojib Latif, Prof. Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker and Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart. This year’s special track will focus on Fashion & Textiles innovations.

More information on speakers, the program and press accreditation are available at http://c2c-kongress.de/en/. We would be glad, if you participate in the C2C Congress or share this information with interested parties in your network.

Language: German/English