The Office of Sustainability is excited to bring George Bandy, Jr., vice president of sustainability at Interface, Inc., to the University of Utah. He will be speaking TODAY at 11:30 am at the Union in the Saltair Room. He will discuss “Designing a Future with Nature in Mind.”
George puts his extensive knowledge of sustainability practices to use in his role at Interface, looking for opportunities to develop a brighter future through environmental, economic and socially responsible solutions. His knowledge extends to the business case for sustainability, greening the supply chain and social sustainability. He previously served as the sustainable development officer at the University of Texas-Houston and as chairman of the Georgia chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). He is currently Chair-Elect of the USGBC Board of Directors and works with The Natural Step, Second Nature, the Environmental Protection Agency, Natural Resource Conservation Commission, American Institute of Architects, among others. He has a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Environmental Business Management from Morehouse College and continued his sustainability studies at the University of Texas-Houston.
George is also committed to promoting diversity within the sustainability movement. He’s noted that at many USGBC meetings, he is “the only minority in the room.” He believes sustainability should “make the world work for 100 percent of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or disadvantage of anyone.” Organizations must reach out and look for shared values to avoid increasing separation, he says.
Interface is one of the world’s leaders in sustainable business practices and corporate responsibility. Its founder, Ray Anderson, is heralded as a hero for promoting sustainability as good for business. He committed Interface, which makes carpet tiles, to achieving a zero environmental footprint by 2020. Learn more about the company at www.interfaceglobal.com.