Support to Fund Research for Global Warming Solutions
ATLANTA, April 18, 2018 – As a result of its 2018 social giving campaign and in conjunction with Earth Day, Interface today announced a $25,000 donation to Project Drawdown, a nonprofit organization dedicated to researching solutions to global warming.
Project Drawdown is the force behind last year’s New York Times bestselling book, “Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming.” Interface was an original supporter of Project Drawdown and is dedicated to shifting the conversation on global warming from a focus on reducing to a new, more ambitious focus of reversing, manifested by its newest sustainability mission, Climate Take Back™ – launched in 2016.
Climate Take Back encourages business to view global warming as an opportunity, rather than a problem. To achieve Climate Take Back, Interface will develop more aggressive carbon goals, will experiment with using carbon as a resource and will launch new product innovation. Last year’s launch of Proof Positive, the world’s first carbon negative prototype carpet tile, served as a testimony to this guiding philosophy. Interface is also looking for innovative solutions outside our business by recently partnering on a student competition with Net Impact, which asked contestants to create viable business plans that align with one of the solutions listed in “Drawdown.”
“For more than 25 years, Interface has been at the forefront of the business world's pursuit of sustainability. Its reductions in emissions and water use and adoption of clean energy showcase that businesses have a leadership role to play in achieving drawdown,” said Paul Hawken, executive director and co-founder of Project Drawdown. “We are grateful for the support of Interface and its employees and look forward to working together to nurture the growing movement to reverse global warming.”
Project Drawdown will use the funds Interface donated to support its living research program, which maps, models and describes the potential of the most promising climate solutions to achieve “drawdown” – the point in time in which the concentration greenhouse gases in the atmosphere begins to decline – by 2050. The results of the research program will continue to inform the organization's uniquely aspirational communications initiatives, including a second edition of “Drawdown.”
“We believe we have the power to create a climate fit for life, but we need more discussion and the work of organizations like Project Drawdown to do this,” said Erin Meezan, Interface’s chief sustainability officer. “We will continue to support and partner with like-minded companies and organizations that drive awareness around what is possible and how we can implement those solutions.”
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Interface, Inc. is the world's largest manufacturer of modular carpet, and has recently expanded into modular resilient flooring with a new luxury vinyl tile line. Our hard and soft tiles are designed to work together in an integrated flooring system. We are committed to sustainability and minimizing our impact on the environment while enhancing shareholder value. Our Climate Take Back mission focuses on driving positive impacts in the world to create a climate fit for life. Recently, Interface was named third on GlobeScan and SustainAbility’s 20th Annual Sustainability Leaders Survey. Interface is the only company to earn a place on the list every year since its inception in 1997. For additional information: interface.com and blog.interface.com. Follow Interface on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Vimeo.
About Project Drawdown
Project Drawdown is a nonprofit organization and coalition of scholars, scientists, entrepreneurs, and advocates from across the globe that is mapping, measuring, modelling, and communicating about a collective array of substantive solutions to global warming, with the goal of reaching drawdown. Drawdown is the point in time when the concentration of atmospheric greenhouse gases begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. Project Drawdown’s research program models the financial and climate impacts of existing solutions deployed at scale over the next thirty years. The organization published the New York Times best-seller Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, as the first of many projects to widely disseminate the organization’s work and message.
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