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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


Waldmann, Orgatec Cologne, Germany

What sort of environment will the work culture of the future need? How can freedom and structure be given equal space? With a central theme of “culture @ work” ORGATEC 2018 presents visionary concepts for the whole world of work. After all, it is only through a culture that promotes diversity, collaborative partnerships, motivation and trust that we are inspired to work creatively and our ideas are allowed to flourish.

The light of the future - Waldmann presents lighting solutions for tomorrow's working world at Orgatec

Anyone who rethinks the world of work must also rethink lighting. At Orgatec, Waldmann is presenting lighting solutions for new working environments under the motto "SHINE A LIGHT". Healthy, sustainable or smartly networked: light from Waldmann brings its users various added values.

Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart will give a keynote speech at Waldmann's exhibition stand on Tuesday, 23 October 2018 at 4:30 pm entitled "Healthy buildings need healthy light". Language: German

Registration by Mail: Info@de.waldmann.com or phone under: 07720 / 601-234! You will find Waldmann at Orgatec in Hall 8.1, Stand B040.


TOP Industry Forum - The sustainable company: Between economy and ecology

For some industrial companies it's just a cost block - for others it's firmly anchored responsibility and a solid pillar, also to meet economic demands: The issue of 'sustainability' polarises among production companies. No wonder, because often the prevailing opinion is that sustainable solutions require more effort in implementation than they offer great advantages. But that doesn't have to be the case!

At the TOP Industry Forum, the annual meeting of production companies, we will show you how you can increase the reputation and trust of your company brand and your profitability in terms of turnover and profit through the sustainable use of technical, energetic and human resources

On Wednesday, 24.10.2018, Prof. Braungart will give the keynote lecture "Jenseits von Nachhaltigkeit - Cradle to Cradle als Innovationschance" (Beyond Sustainability - Cradle to Cradle as Innovation Opportunity) at 7 p.m. in the evening, in which he will emphasize digitization as a prerequisite for material flow management without waste and explain the division into technical and biological nutrients for a positive footprint.

Language: German


Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven

From 19 to 28 October 2018 the 17th edition of the Dutch Design Week (DDW) will take place in Eindhoven. DDW is the largest design event in Northern Europe and takes into account the connecting factor between design, technology and people. ABN AMRO, main sponsor of DDW, is organising an inspiring afternoon on Wednesday 24 October.

This year's theme of the ABN AMRO Sector event is "From Waste to Profit". How do you shape the future of your company? The world around you is renewing and changing faster and faster. How can design help you ensure that your business is creative and ahead of your competitors? How does design add value to your product or service and contribute to a closed loop economy?

The afternoon will begin with a plenary session in which Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart will speak about his vision of Cradle to Cradle in a keynote at 2:35 pm.

Language: English


29th Hanseatic Renovation Days, Heringsdorf, Germany

The 29th Hanseatic Renovation Days of the Federal Association of Humidity & Old Building Renovation will take place from 01.11. - 03.11.2018 in the Maritim Hotel "Kaiserhof" in Heringsdorf on the island of Usedom.

They stand under the topic "building materials in the focus - from Bambus to concrete".

Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart will hold a speech on Thursday, 01.11.2018 from 14:00 to 15:00 in section 1 "Building and visions" on the topic "C2C - ways to sustainability".

Info: The 29th Hanseatic Rehabilitation Days are a recognised continuing education event for the members of the following chambers and institutions: Schleswig-Holstein Chamber of Architects and Engineers, Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena), Hessen Chamber of Engineers, WTA Energy Consultants Denkmal, Hessen Chamber of Architects and Town Planners, Rhineland-Palatinate Chamber of Engineers, North Rhine-Westphalia Chamber of Architects, North Rhine-Westphalia Chamber of Engineers Construction North Rhine-Westphalia, Bavarian Chamber of Engineers Construction

Language: German