In 2020, Interface was one of 13 organizations honored with the United Nations Global Climate Action Award. Spearheaded by the Momentum for Change initiative at the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, the awards program showcases climate change leadership. We spoke with Momentum for Change Team Lead Sarah Marchildon to get her thoughts on the role of business in addressing climate change, the impact of COVID-19 on climate action, and what the UN hopes to accomplish through the Global Climate Action Awards program.
Often technology-driven brands come to mind when people think of companies pledging to reduce or eliminate their carbon emissions. However, to really have an impact on the gigatons of annual emissions that contribute to global warming, businesses across a variety of industries—not just technology—need to go beyond pursuing carbon neutral and aim to develop carbon negative solutions.
Becoming carbon neutral is a process that marries design, science, engineering, and manufacturing. It’s a goal Interface has been pursuing since 1994.
With the launch of our new CQuest™ carbon negative backings, we’re challenging industry once again to bring forward restorative solutions.
Here at Interface, we recently released our 2019 Sustainability Highlights, which convey much of the progress we’ve made toward minimizing our environmental impact since we began tracking key metrics in 1996. While we share a similar overview each year, our 2019 metrics are something to celebrate – not only because we announced the achievement of…
Editor’s Note: This piece originally appeared on Interior Design Magazine’s Innovation Channel as part of a content partnership. It has been edited for clarity. Since ancient times, humans have been altering the environment to create throughways for the transport of food and goods, not to mention travel and military defense. But over the course of…
Scientists studying climate change say rising temperatures and sea levels will set in motion immense human health risks around the globe. The good news? Designers and manufacturers are uniquely positioned to mitigate this impending crisis by taking steps to neutralize, and potentially reverse, a driving force of the problem: carbon emissions.
These days, it seems like Planet Earth has a lot of environmental problems. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the daily, myriad reports about Earth’s predicaments. Some of the biggest issues today include the plethora of plastic in the oceans, the disappearance of wildernesses to mono-cropping farmland, and the mounting levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. But what if there was a way to turn a problem into a solution?
Did you know that the building sector is the world’s single largest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHGs)? Architects and designers have a huge opportunity to specify products that promote green chemistry, a circular economy, and a healthier climate. Seem impossible? With the right knowledge and tools, it’s easier than you might think.
If one were to look for a company that traversed the greatest arc of environmental transformation in the past 25 years, it would be Interface. And if they have any overriding teaching for the rest of the world, it would be how to set goals.