Friday, June 6, 2008

Spotlight: Ray Anderson

Some program notes on the appearance of Master Speaker Ray Anderson:


Each Master Speaker will speak on Monday morning, then participate in a Master Speaker Breakout Discussion session Monday after lunch.

Monday, June 23, 9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

Ray Anderson is founder and chairman of Interface, Inc, the world’s largest manufacturer of modular carpet for commercial and residential applications and a leading producer of commercial broadloom and commercial fabrics. Since 1995, he has reduced Interface’s waste by a third, and plans to make the company sustainable by 2020. Anderson is featured in the documentaries The Corporation and The 11th Hour.

Because the commitment Interface has made is so unique, the community has embraced the company and lauded its efforts. Today, Ray is recognized as one of the world’s most environmentally progressive leaders on sustainable commerce, having served as co-chairman of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development during the Clinton administration; being recognized by Mikhail Gorbachev with a Millennium Award from Global Green in September 1996; receiving in 1996 the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of Year for the Southeast Region and being named in 1997 as the Georgia Conservancy’s Conservationist of the Year.

Here are links to a couple stories that might be of interest, as well:

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