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Milliken’s Chicago Showroom achieves WELL certified Platinum

Spartanburg, S.C.—Milliken’s Chicago Showroom, located inside the Chicago Merchandise Mart, has been awarded WELL Certification at the Platinum level by the International WELL Building InstituteTM (IWBITM). The prestigious distinction was awarded through IWBI’s WELL Building StandardTM (WELL), which is the premier building standard to focus on enhancing people’s health and wellness through the buildings where we live, work and play. With this certification, Milliken becomes the 100th WELL Certified project in the world. It is also the first showroom in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart to receive WELL Certification along with being the first WELL Certified Platinum space in Chicago.

Created through seven years of rigorous research and development working with leading physicians, scientists and industry professionals, the WELL Building StandardTM is a performance-based certification system that marries best practices in design and construction with evidence-based scientific research. Milliken’s showroom on the 11th floor of the Chicago Merchandise Mart earned the distinction based on seven categories of building performance: Air, Water, Light, Nourishment, Fitness, Comfort and Mind. Milliken’s showroom incorporated all 26 preconditions and 43 of the 51 available optimizations to achieve WELL Certified Platinum status.

“The health and well-being of our employees has been something Milliken has been focused on for a very long time,” said Jim McCallum, division president, Milliken Floor Covering. “WELL has given us a vocabulary and a set of guidelines to ensure we’re optimizing everything we can in the built environment, while also addressing behavioral and internal policy changes to maximize the health and well-being of our customers and employees. But it’s even more than that—it’s a mindset.”

This was celebrated in a plaque ceremony in the Milliken Showroom during this year’s NeoCon show, one of the largest commercial design events in North America.

“This milestone achievement not only marks the 100th certified project, but is an example of commitment to improving health and well-being at scale,” said IWBI chairman and CEO, Rick Fedrizzi. “The growth of WELL is advanced by projects like Milliken, who are going above and beyond by improving not just the health and well-being of their employees, but supporting their clients and customers as well.”

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Mohawk Group names Bandy Jr. as VP of Sustainability

Mohawk Group Names George Bandy VP Of Sustainability
George Bandy Jr.

Calhoun, Ga.–Mohawk Group announced that George Bandy Jr. has joined the organization as its vice president of sustainability. Bandy has spent over 22 years working in the sustainability field, and has amassed a rich experience within the discipline’s concepts and practices as they relate to positioning environmental, economic and socially responsible solutions for business.

“George is a seasoned sustainability leader who will bring a wealth of knowledge and valuable industry relationships to Mohawk,” said Michel Vermette, president of Mohawk Group. “Over the past few years, our company has made significant strides in our sustainability journey, embracing new ideas and leading the building materials industry in transparent manufacturing. We are confident that George will bring a fresh perspective to our approach and catapult us to new levels of leadership in the industry. We are incredibly proud to have him join the Mohawk team.”

He comes to Mohawk Group following 16 years with Interface, where he most recently served as the flooring company’s VP of Sustainability, and was also a member of Interface’s Americas Sustainability Council. In his role at Interface, Bandy traveled extensively as a highly sought after presenter on key topics including the business of sustainability, innovation in relation to nature, social sustainability and changing mindsets to a greener focus.

“Mohawk’s sustainability ethic already sets a high bar for businesses around the world at a time when the stakes for our efforts have never been higher,” said Bandy.  “As a manufacturing powerhouse, we can continue to make outsized contributions to solutions that ensure our children’s future. At the same time, we nurture the communities in which we live and work through our environmental stewardship, inspire actions that advance our society and provide the innovation that drives growth for our shareholders.  I am excited to join the Mohawk team and contribute to the company’s success.”

Before working at Interface, Bandy was employed as the University Sustainability Officer for the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He is the immediate past board chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and has also served on the board for Second Nature, a non-profit that champions for higher education institutions to make the principles of sustainability fundamental to every aspect of learning.

When asked what truly sets Bandy apart, the sustainability industry’s most notable leaders point to his experience, charisma and depth of understanding. “George Bandy is the consummate sustainability leader on every level you can name,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair of USGBC.  “As chair of the USGBC board of directors during a time of explosive growth and change, his amazing ability to lead others to consensus and action was so critical to advancing our work to create a healthier, more sustainable built environment.  He deeply understands what needs to be done, and is brilliant in sharing with others why it matters in ways that are both inspirational and instructive, and we’re all better for it.”

 

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Building councils celebrate World Green Building Week

Washington, DC—The green building community is celebrating World Green Building Week with events around the globe that shine a spotlight on the key role of buildings in conserving resources, saving money and creating jobs while providing healthier places to live, learn, work and play. Organized by the World Green Building Council, the week has united 90 nations representing more than 20,000 organizations as they hold conferences, tours, educational events and gatherings that celebrate this year’s theme, “Green Buildings for Great Communities.” Continue reading Building councils celebrate World Green Building Week

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LEED-certified green building hits 12,000 mark

Washington, DC — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that the 12,000th commercial project has earned LEED certification. Since its launch in 2000, the LEED green building program has been transforming the way built environments are designed, constructed, operated and maintained. Continue reading LEED-certified green building hits 12,000 mark

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Shaw helps to ‘Make It Right’ in New Orleans

Mill donating floors to help rebuild Lower 9th Ward
by Matthew Spieler

New Orleans—Following the devastation brought on by Hurricane Katrina in the summer of 2005, particularly to New Orleans and the residents of the Lower 9th Ward, throngs of groups and individuals converged on the area hoping to help rebuild the once proud area. Among those was international celebrity Brad Pitt, who formed the Make It Right (MIR) Foundation and dedicated it to rebuilding 150 affordable, green, high quality homes which would allow some of the many displaced families to return to their roots, their family history. Continue reading Shaw helps to ‘Make It Right’ in New Orleans

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USGBC President Fedrizzi elected chair of world green building council

Washington—Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has been elected chair of the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC). The WorldGBC is a coalition of green building councils from 89 countries around the world.

“I’ve watched in awe as the green building movement has grown on a global scale-as people from widely different backgrounds, countries and industries have united under a common commitment to building a healthier, more sustainable world,” Fedrizzi said. “I’m humbled to be a part of this massive movement, and honored to serve the WorldGBC and its global members.” Continue reading USGBC President Fedrizzi elected chair of world green building council