MBDC Overview

About MBDC
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McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) is a global sustainability consulting and product certification firm founded in 1995 by world-renowned architect William McDonough and chemist Dr. Michael Braungart. MBDC consults clients on leaving a 'positive footprint' on the planet (instead of reducing a negative footprint) by implementing the Cradle to Cradle® Framework.
MBDC works with innovative clients within various sectors and industries, to spur creativity, differentiate their brands and recognize their market leadership, attract and retain customers, enhance competitive advantage, and reduce long-term risks.

MBDC services include two primary offerings. Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM is a rigorous and comprehensive certification program that evaluates products and materials for human health, environmental health and recyclability. Cradle to Cradle® Consulting includes services to help clients integrate the design framework and optimize product life cycles, operations and organizational decision making.


Sustainability at MBDC
MBDC is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, one of the leading non-profits charged with making safe and healthy places to live, work, learn, and play. Cradle to Cradle Certified(CM) products are eligible for points in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) in Pilot Credit 43: Certified Products, in LEED for Homes as an Environmentally Preferred Product, and as an Innovation and Design Credit.

Alongside many of our clients, MBDC is a member of a national voluntary program for renewable energy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). MBDC purchases Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), representing 100% of the electricity used by our office. The EPA’s Green Power Partnership represents a coalition of nearly 1,300 businesses, governments, colleges, and non-profits committed to building a clean energy economy and reducing the impact of climate change.

EPA Green Power Partner 

MBDC purchases Climate Action Reserve (CAR) carbon offsets to offset the climate impact associated with 100% of company airplane travel. Climate Action Reserve is the leading provider to the U.S. carbon market and the only provider used by the California cap-and-trade program. Our offsets represent both landfill gas destruction in Texas and sustainable forestry of the Redwoods in Mendocino Country, California.

Climate Action Reserve 
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