These individuals and organizations are rich in inspiration and leadership. We’re proud to celebrate their achievements and contributions to the conservation movement in America!
William McDonough, FAIA, Int. FRIBA, is a globally recognized designer, thought leader, sustainable growth pioneer, and the pre-eminent voice for ecologically intelligent design and what he calls “waging peace through commerce.” For 40 years he has defined the principles of the sustainability movement, creating its seminal buildings, products, texts and enterprises and preparing the ground for its widespread growth.
A prolific innovator and visionary leader, he is the architect of NASA’s Sustainability Base, Ford Rouge Center and other flagships of sustainable design. William McDonough is also the co-creator of Cradle to Cradle®, a global standard for the design of safe, healthy products; business strategist for leading global companies; and an advisor to the United Nations, the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China, the Clinton Global Initiative and the World Economic Forum. He is also author of The Hannover Principles: Design for Sustainability (1992), which remains a touchstone of the movement, and co-author of the widely influential Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things (2002) and The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance (2013).
In recognition of his visionary work, McDonough has received the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development (1996) for leadership and public service; the U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (2003) for groundbreaking innovations in product development; and the Smithsonian’s National Design Award (2004) for outstanding achievement in environmental design. In 2012, McDonough began an unprecedented collaboration with Stanford University Libraries to create a “living archive” of sustainability with real-time collection of his professional papers and current communications serving as its centerline. McDonough is currently serving as Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Meta-Council on the Circular Economy. Time named him “Hero for the Planet” in 1999, stating that his “utopianism is grounded in a unified philosophy that—in demonstrable and practical ways—is changing the design of the world.”
William McDonough + Partners, McDonough’s award-winning architecture practice at the forefront of the green building movement, is dedicated to place-specific, high performance designs that support ecological health and human well-being. As one of the pioneers of the green building movement, McDonough has earned the reputation of being “the leading environmental architect of our time.” McDonough designed the first “green office” in New York for the Environmental Defense Fund (1985) and established many of the principles and practices that have come to define sustainable design.
McDonough has co-founded a number of not-for-profit organizations to provide widespread access to the Cradle to Cradle paradigm. These include GreenBlue (2000); the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute (2009), which administers the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ protocol; and Make It Right, co-founded with Brad Pitt (2006) to bring affordable Cradle to Cradle-inspired homes to New Orleans. Follow William McDonough on Twitter for his latest news and updates.
In 2014, the NYC iSchool was recognized by NWF’s Eco-School USA program with the Green Flag award for conserving natural resources and integrating environmental education into the curriculum. Science teacher Peter Mulroy designed and taught a series of nine-week intensive science modules incorporating eight of the ten Eco-School Pathways. In each of these modules, student groups collected data on the school’s environmental impact and used the data to propose and implement lasting positive changes to make the iSchool a more sustainable place. Check out this amazing video to see iSchool students in action.
The NYC iSchool opened in 2008 with 100 ninth grade students in a 100-plus-year-old school building in the SoHo area of Manhattan. The iSchool shares its space with another high school and operates within the same policies and regulations of any NYC public high school. Each year since its opening, the school has added approximately 120 new ninth graders; the school is now at capacity with approximately 450 students.
Peter Mulroy has been teaching science to high school students across New York City for the past seven years. Mr. Mulroy teaches Earth Science and AP Environmental Science and serves as the school’s sustainability coordinator. A firm believer in authentic, place-based science education, Mr. Mulroy has designed curricula at the iSchool partnering with NYC-based conservation groups such as Trees NY, the Lower East Side Ecology Center and the NYC Audubon Society. He is a Math for America Master Science Teacher.
The Forest Stewardship Council is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes environmentally sound, socially beneficial, and economically prosperous management of the world’s forests. As a democratic platform to bring diverse interests together, FSC was created in 1993 to help consumers and businesses identify products from responsibly managed forests. FSC sets standards by which forests are certified, offering credible verification to people who are buying wood and wood products. FSC has more than 29,900 certificate holders in 113 countries, and 450 million acres of forestland are certified under FSC standards around the world. For more information visit www.fsc.org.
Mr. Posewitz served as the Executive Director of both the Cinnabar Foundation and Orion, The Husters’ Institute. He worked for the State of Montana’s Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks for over 30 years, after receiving his Bachelors and Masters of Science from Montana State University.
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