2017 Hanley Award and $50,000 Prize Go to William McDonough, FAIA

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The Hanley Award is the largest and most prestigious award for sustainability in the built environment

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The Hanley Foundation and Hanley Wood announced today that William McDonough, FAIA, Int. FRIBA, Founding Principal of William McDonough + Partners and co-creator of the renowned Cradle to Cradle® Design Framework, has been selected as the eighth recipient of The Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainability. The Hanley Award is recognized as the largest and most prestigious annual award for sustainability in the built environment.

Now celebrating its eighth year, The Hanley Award is sponsored by The Hanley Foundation and supported by Hanley Wood’s BUILDER and ARCHITECT publications and EcoBuilding Pulse (EcoBuildingPulse.com). The award is dedicated to identifying and honoring individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary, lasting, and far-reaching contributions to sustainability, and who have greatly influenced policy and industry response to critical environmental challenges in the United States.

“William McDonough has not only created the language we use when we talk about sustainability, he is single handedly responsible for setting the modern green building movement in motion – from designing the first “green office” for the Environmental Defense Fund, serving as the Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, establishing the Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Products Program, and most recently, helping the World Economic Forum make sustainability a primary focus for their agenda,” said Michael J. Hanley, president of the Hanley Foundation. “Bill is a towering figure in the world of sustainable building practices and we are delighted to present to him this year’s Hanley Award.”

“We are proud to recognize William McDonough’s incredible contributions and the crucial role he continues to play in leading us forward toward a sustainable future,” said Peter Goldstone, CEO, Hanley Wood.

McDonough was selected from this year’s slate of nominees that included Janine Benyus (Biomimicry Institute), Mary Ann Lazarus (MALeco, LLOC), and Jason McLennan (McLennan Design).

Previous Hanley Award recipients are architect and environmental advocate Edward Mazria, who founded Architecture 2030, Alex Wilson, who founded and leads BuildingGreen LLC, Sam Rashkin, creator of Energy Star for Homes, the first national residential energy rating system in the country, Dennis Creech, co-founder and executive director of Southface, Bob Berkebile, Principal of BNIM, Gail Vittori, co-director of the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems and Rick Fedrizzi, Chairman of The International WELL Buildings Institute and former CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council.

“I know I speak for many of my colleagues in the industry when I say the role of Hanley Wood in advancing global awareness of sustainable building practices is profoundly significant,” said McDonough. “I’m deeply honored to accept the 2018 Hanley Award and want to thank Mike Hanley for his personal commitment to advancing awareness.”

The Hanley Award judges this year were Michael J. Hanley, President of the Hanley Foundation and creator of The Hanley Award; Frank Anton, Vice Chairman of Hanley Wood; Rick Fedrizzi, Chairman of The International WELL Building Institute; John McManus, VP and Editorial Director of Hanley Wood Media; and Katie Weeks, Director of Communications at the Institute for Market Transformation.

The Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainability will be presented to William McDonough at the Hanley Award Reception and Gala Dinner on Wednesday, December 6 during the Housing Innovation, Vision and Economics (HIVE) conference in Los Angeles.

About William McDonough + Partners
William McDonough + Partners is an architecture and urban design firm with offices in Charlottesville, Virginia and San Francisco. The firm applies a positive, principled design philosophy inspired by Cradle to Cradle®—an approach that takes its cues from living systems and processes and seeks to expand on enduring standards of design quality. William McDonough’s interests and influence range widely, and he works at scales from the global to the molecular. He is recognized globally as a leader in sustainable development and the circular economy, and was the inaugural chair of the World Economic Forum’s Meta-Council on the Circular Economy (2014-2016).

Recent and current projects include: NASA’s Sustainability Base office building at Moffett Field, California, viewed by NASA as a as a “prototype of a 21st-century building”; the Park 20|20 Master Plan near Amsterdam, and the architectural design of several corporate offices at Park 20|20; and Hero MotoCorp’s new factory in Neemrana, India, as well as their new Research & Development Center in Jaipur, India. The firm is also master architect for The Valley at Schiphol Trade Park, The Netherlands’ new National Hub for the Circular Economy.

About The Hanley Foundation
The Hanley Foundation is a non-profit foundation created in 1999 by Michael and Kathryn Hanley that provides support for organizations working in the areas of affordable housing, environmental awareness, and community service especially regarding mental health and childhood nutrition. The Washington, DC-based foundation supports helping to provide shelter and employment like Friendship Place in Washington, D.C., mental health services through support of the Wendt Center and healthy eating in partnership with Martha's Table. Their local support also includes environmental organizations like the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The Hanley Awards were created to recognize and honor significant and lasting contributions to advancing sustainability in the built environment. The Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainability, now in its eighth year, was established in 2009.

About Hanley Wood
Hanley Wood is the premier company serving the information, media, and marketing needs of the residential, commercial design and construction industry. Utilizing the largest analytics and editorial-driven Construction Industry Database, the company provides business intelligence and data-driven services. The company produces award-winning media, high profile executive events, and strategic marketing solutions. To learn more, visit hanleywood.com.

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