Institute Names New President, Board Members

The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has appointed Peter Templeton to lead the Institute and named three new members to its Board of Directors.

OAKLAND, CA – (February 20, 2019) – The Board of Directors of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has named Peter Templeton as the organization’s new President and CEO. He has held the role in an interim capacity since September 2018.

Templeton previously directed organization-wide efforts to increase the reach and impact of market transformation activities around the world as Senior Vice President of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), leading the execution of strategic plans and partnerships designed to expand local capacity and advance smart, healthy, socially responsible and environmentally sustainable buildings and communities.He also served as the founding president of Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) where he led third-party project certification and professional credentialing in more than 150 countries and territories for the LEED green building rating systems and other respected environmental leadership standards.

“We are very excited to officially welcome Peter Templeton as the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute’s new president and CEO,” said Institute Board Chair Warner Philips. “Peter brings a vital combination of global vision and hands-on perspective to this role. We believe his experience leading and executing strategic plans and partnerships, along with his successful history of scaling adoption and delivery of robust  tools for advancing innovation and performance, will be of critical value to the Institute as we position the organization for accelerated growth.”“Driven by the original vision of the Institute’s founders, the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard has fueled the growth of sustainable production and consumption practices for more than a decade,” said Templeton. “I am honored and excited to carry this work forward knowing the Institute’s full promise and potential is still ahead of us: we have a vital role to play in providing a true measure for product safety, sustainability and circularity at a moment in time when industry leadership is more crucial than ever.”

Paul T. Anastas, Ph.D. is a Professor in Environmental Health Sciences and holds the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Chair in Chemistry for the Environment at Yale University.


Scot Horst previously served as founding CEO of Arc Skoru Inc. and Chief Product Officer of the U.S. Green Building Council.


Dr. Christine Lemaitre is CEO of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB).

Dr. Paul T. Anastas, Scot Horst, and Dr. Christine Lemaitre have also been appointed to the Institute board.

“These individuals bring an incredibly diverse and powerful array of global market insight, subject matter expertise and technical knowledge to the leadership of the Institute as we work to accelerate product innovation and performance across all sectors,” said Philips. “We are pleased to welcome them to our board and believe that they will make invaluable contributions to the Institute’s effectiveness and impact.”

In addition to Warner Philips, existing board members include founding members Tom Darden II, Zem Joaquin and Wendy Schmidt, along with Jan Berman, Gerrit Bruggeman, Scott Mackinley Hahn, Marion Hunt, George Gund and Coert Zachariasse. Visit for more information.