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.