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10 Influential Green Architects


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William McDonough
William McDonough (on right) posed for this shot after being honored at the Children's Health Environmental Coalition's (CHEC) annual benefit in 2006.
William McDonough (on right) posed for this shot after being honored at the Children's Health Environmental Coalition's (CHEC) annual benefit in 2006.
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There's no denying William McDonough is an influential green architect. He received the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development -- America's highest environmental honor -- in 1996, the first U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award in 2003, and, in 2004, the National Design Award for exemplary achievement in environmental design. He also designed such green flagship structures as Michigan's Ford Rouge truck plant, which includes an innovative air-delivery system that reduces the need for duct work, and the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies at Oberlin College, which produces 30 percent more energy than it needs, then shares with the community [source: William McDonough]. And for those who are a bit star-struck, McDonough and actor Brad Pitt were founding partners of the Make It Right Foundation, which is creating affordable, green, storm-resistant homes -- different from the FLOAT homes mentioned on the previous page -- in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward.


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