If you want to see the future of transport in action, you might expect to tour a Silicon Valley research and development lab. But one of the best places to see the future of sustainable transportation might be in the heart of Georgia on an 18-mile stretch of highway I-85, near the city of Lagrange.
That's where the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, which named a section of the highway after Ray C. Anderson in 2015, is transforming the road into a lab pushing green transport to faster development.
The Georgia-based non-profit, The Ray, was created by Harriet Langford, daughter of the late sustainability champion, who created a legacy of green business leadership at carpet company Interface — a pioneer in materials innovation and reuse. By the time of his death in 2011, Anderson had become an environmentalist. But he failed to leave directions about what to do with his wealth. When Langford and her sister Mary Anne Lanier renamed a slice of Georgia pavement in his honor, they realized putting his name on a dirty highway "didn't feel right." So they repurposed it as a green tech hub.