Speaker to Address Sustainable Design & Development

September 28, 2010

William McDonough will address “Cradle to Cradle—Designing a Hopeful Future with Inspiration from Living Systems” on Monday, October 25 at 7:00 pm at the Schiff Conference Center in Xavier’s Cintas Center. The lecture is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the Bruggeman Center for Dialogue and co-sponsored by E/RS.
McDonough is an internationally renowned architect who focuses on transforming industry through ecologically intelligent design. He is the founding principal of William McDonough + Partners, an architecture firm leading the way on sustainable development. He is also a founder and principal of McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) which focuses on helping clients have a positive carbon footprint instead of simply reducing a negative one. McDonough seeks to eliminate waste through his innovative designs.
He has won numerous awards for his leadership in sustainable development including the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development, U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award and National Design Award for exemplary achievement in the field of environmental design. Furthermore, he has been named by Time magazine as a “Hero for the Planet.”
The purpose of the Ethics/Religion and Society program is to encourage ethical and/or religious analysis of socially significant issues. For 2010-2011, the focus is “Green Urbanism” under the general three-year theme of “Ecology and Sustainability.” Speakers will offer reflections on various issues associated with sustaining human life through food production. The lecture series is only a part of the Ethics/Religion and Society (E/RS) program, whose excellence has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), one of the nation’s most prestigious organizations. The NEH awarded the program a challenge grant of $400,000, requiring the University to raise an additional $1.6 million in order to establish an endowed chair, purchase library and computer resources, support a lecture series and provide continuing education opportunities for faculty.