Thank You for Coming

I call RayDay our environmental family reunion. That makes you the family! Thank you for spending your Sunday afternoon with us, and I hope you came away inspired.

Let’s see. How do I write this blog post without it sounding like every other “thank you for coming” that has ever been given? It’s like a wedding toast – original content is pretty much impossible to come by.

Instead, let’s just steer into the clichés, because they’re all true.

Our fifth annual RayDay this past Sunday was beautiful. We simply could not have done it without the hard work of so many people. RayDay has been the enduring vision of the Foundation Trustees from the beginning, their fitting tribute to Ray Anderson. Harriet, Mary Anne, Phil and Jaime, thank you for your generosity!

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Guest Blog - Go Big or Go Home

Serving as a Sustainability Ambassador at a Fortune 500 Company

This guest blog is from Will Courrèges-Clercq, who is studying Business Adminstration at the Scheller College of Business. Will has taken classes from the sustainability curriculum at the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainability, and he and his teammates recently won the Georgia Tech Carbon Reduction Challenge.

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David and Goliath

Think about the energy that you use each day. Utility-generated electricity, gasoline-fueled mobility, and heat from natural gas are probably the largest sources, and each is powered by fossil fuels. If you wanted to “cut the cord” on these energy needs, how could you possibly do it?

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Native American Wisdom

Seventh Generation is a reference to a phrase from the Constitution of the Iroquois Nation, which stresses the need to consider impacts of actions on the seventh generation to come. In many respects, it’s the same message as Tomorrow’s Child.

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Taking a Bite Out of Designed Obsolescence

Apple is a massive company with global influence. If they set ambitious goals, and then achieve them, the impact will be immense and go beyond their own balance sheet and impact report.

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Ahead of Their Time

I mean, what other companies were focused on being responsible environmental stewards at that time? Well, it turns out that the answer is … at least one.

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23 Years

I can confidently say that I wouldn’t be sitting in my local coffee shop writing this blog post if Ray hadn’t given that speech. My professional vocation might not have had anything to do with environmentalism if he hadn’t planted the “sustainability” flag that day in the heart of Interface’s business operations.

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Nature is Calling

If you’ve been feeling disconnected from nature, I urge you to do something about it. Heck, come to RayDay! We’d love to have you.

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Solar Physics

In a sense, the Sun is just being generous. It already has enough energy to fuse atoms together over and over and over again, which just creates more energy that it is willing to share with us. Thank you, Sun!

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This is an environmental blog, so I admit that I’m not fully comfortable writing this post. That said, I simply can’t write about anything other than Charlottesville today. It’s occupying too much of my mind and my heart.

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