In the 1990s, after spending some 20 years building one of the world’s largest producers of modular commercial floor coverings, Interface founder Ray Anderson said customers began to ask him “What are you doing for the environment?” His response: “We had no answer.” But, before his death in 2011, Anderson came to be known for his leadership in the sustainability movement. Today, his Atlanta and LaGrange-based company with facilities worldwide is considered a leader in sustainable manufacturing. Through technological advances in manufacturing processes and the construction of massive rainwater harvesting systems, the company’s Georgia facilities in LaGrange and West Point use 93 percent less water than they did in 1996. Interface has also set the bar for waste reduction, energy efficiency, recycling and use of recycled materials in its products.
Georgia Water Coalition’s 2018 Clean 13 report highlights the efforts of individuals, businesses, industries, non-profit organizations and state and local governments who are protecting our water, restoring the health of Georgia’s waterways and preserving them for future generations.
The Coalition is a consortium of more than 250 conservation and environmental organizations, hunting and fishing groups, businesses, and faith-based organizations that have been working to protect Georgia’s water since 2002.