Interface Wins "Energy Partner of the Year" Award


TreeHugger loves the modular carpets and flooring tiles from Interface, for their groovy design but also for their outstanding socially and environmentally-responsible efforts, and here's another notch in their belt. They are the recipient of the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) "Energy Partner of the Year" award for their work to convert methane from a local landfill into renewable energy. David Hobbs, president of Interface Flooring Systems, is proud of their efforts: “By capturing the methane component of the landfill gas (LFG), using it to displace our use of natural gas and converting the excess to carbon dioxide via a flare, the global warming effects of this landfill are greatly reduced. Local businesses, including Interface, have access to a renewable fuel source and the City of LaGrange has realized a new revenue stream through the sale of the LFG." The project was initiated in 2001 when Interface approached the City of LaGrange, Georgia (Interface is based in Atlanta) about the possibility of converting yesterday’s waste (the contents of the landfill) into tomorrow's fuel. Working in partnership with the LMOP and the World Resources Institute (WRI), Interface and the City were able to achieve the Holy Trinity of corporate social responsibility: deriving each environmental, social and economic benefits. Hats off to Interface; we only hope they continue their good work. ::Interface Inc., ::Interface Sustainability Initiatives via ::CSRwire