Michael Braungart
Biography & Resources


Michael Braungart is a chemist, author, and founder of EPEA (Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency) International in Hamburg, Germany, and cofounder of MBDC (McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry) in Charlottesville, Virginia. Both EPEA and MBDC share a common set of values that embraces intelligent, aesthetic, and eco-effective design. Through these activities, Braungart has developed tools to design eco-effective products and business systems and has worked with a number of organizations and companies in a range of industries. Since 1994, Professor Braungart has been teaching process engineering at the University of Lüneburg in Suderburg, Germany, also serving as director of an interdisciplinary materials-flow management masters program.

He coauthored the book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things with architect William McDonough in 2002. In 2003, he was awarded the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for his work with EcoWorx carpeting tile. He has also accepted a visiting professorship at the Darden School of Business, lecturing on such topics as eco-efficiency and eco-effectiveness, Cradle to Cradle design and Intelligent Materials Pooling, and he continues to teach at institutions of higher learning all over the world.

articles & interviews

Broadcasts on WIE Unbound

Toward An Eco-Industrial Revolution