Founded in 1995, by architect William McDonough and chemist Dr. Michael Braungart, MBDC has been advocating for endlessly resourceful, Cradle to Cradle approaches.

In the 2002 book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, William McDonough and Michael Braungart presented an integration of design and science that put forward a design framework characterized by three principles derived from nature which inform our designs at all scales:

Everything is a resource for something else
Use clean and renewable energy
Celebrate diversity

MBDC transferred an exclusive license for the certification program and methodology in 2010 to the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, co-founded by William McDonough and Michael Braungart. The Institute reviews product assessments conducted by assessors such as MBDC, and issues certifications as an independent, third-party, not-for-profit organization.

Work with us

  • William McDonough

    Manager and Co-Founder

  • Matt Kistler

    Managing Director

  • Elizabeth Tual

    Operations Director

  • Jay Bolus

    Senior Chemist

  • Peyton Fernandez

    Project Director

  • Kolton Kitterman

    Environmental Scientist II

  • Michelle Molloy

    Project Director

  • Olivia LaMarche

    Project Manager and Environmental Scientist I

  • Ben Newhouse


  • Kendall O’Shea


  • Celeste Weaver

    Director of Visual Communications

  • Katherine Weiss

    Communications Associate

Our Sister Companies

MBDC collaborates with sister companies William McDonough + Partners and McDonough Innovation to provide clients with holistic solutions — including design, product and material procurement, and high-level advising.

William McDonough + Partners

William McDonough + Partners lead design teams in the definition of a project vision and building concept design, working closely with William McDonough to bring his design concepts into reality. WM+P are architects, planners and leaders in sustainable design, providing a framework for an environmentally driven approach to building design and a process to execute it.

McDonough Innovation

Through McDonough Innovation, William McDonough provides targeted ideas, product concepts and solutions to a wide range of sustainable growth issues faced by governments, companies and NGOs. Through collaboration with WM+P, his values-driven approach helps nations and companies embed sustainable growth principles into their culture and to advance progress toward their positive vision.