William McDonough to Share Roadmap for Sustainable Innovation at 2014 NAEM Forum

Jul 21, 2014 5:55 PM ET

July 21, 2014 /3BL Media / - Sustainability thought leader William McDonough will make the business case for the circular economy as the opening keynote speaker for NAEM’s 22nd annual EHS Management Forum on Oct. 22-24 in Austin.

A renowned pioneer in sustainable design, Mr. McDonough has incorporated the “cradle-to-cradle” concept into his architecture and consulting work for clients such as General Electric, Alcoa, The Coca-Cola Co., Dow Chemical Co. and The City of Chicago.

Forum Planning Chairman Allen Stegman, General Director of Environmental and Hazardous Materials for BNSF Railway Co., said Mr. McDonough’s perspective is particularly relevant to the emerging challenges that NAEM members are facing today.

“At a time when environment, health, safety and sustainability (EHS&S) leaders are increasingly able—and expected– to generate business value for their companies, Bill’s vision and concepts offer a roadmap for how companies can move from a focus on negative impacts to generating positive value,” he said.

During his presentation before more than 500 corporate EHS&S leaders, Mr. McDonough will make the business case that it’s time for companies to move from a “take and make” model to a “circular economy”, in which the products and services they create positive value for the world. He will also identify case studies and specific steps that corporate leaders can take to incorporate these concepts into their own operations.

To learn more about Mr. McDonough or to reserve your spot for his visionary presentation at the Forum, visit http://ehsforum.naem.org/index.php.

About William McDonough
William McDonough, FAIA, Int. FRIBA, is a widely recognized designer, sustainable growth pioneer, and business strategist. For more than four decades, he has defined the principles of the sustainability movement (through his companies: McDonough Innovation, William McDonough + Partners, and MBDC), creating its seminal buildings, products, and writings. He is currently serving as Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Meta-Council on the Circular Economy. McDonough is co-creator of Cradle to Cradle®, a global strategy for safe, healthy design. William McDonough is author of The Hannover Principles: Design for Sustainability (1992) and co-author of the influential Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things (2002) and The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance (2013).

About the EHS Management Forum
Now in its 22nd year, NAEM’s annual EHS Management Forum is the largest conference for corporate environment, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability managers, directors and vice presidents. With a peer-developed agenda that features three keynote presentations and more than 20 interactive sessions, the Forum is a unique opportunity for corporate leaders to learn actionable strategies from leading-edge companies. This year’s conference will take place on October 22-24 at the Hilton Austin. To learn more about the case studies and speakers planned for this year’s event, please visit http://ehsforum.naem.org/index.php.