George Bandy, vice president of sustainability for Mohawk Industries, opened the Greenbuild plenary session. Bandy offered words on the compelling and unifying nature of the green building movement and talked about Mohawk’s own strides in sustainability.

“When we are here we are 'all in,” Bandy said. “We celebrate together, learn together, commiserate over common challenges and congratulate each other on individual victories. We are a family and bound by a common interest in using the built environment to shape a more sustainable future for everyone.”

Bandy joined a lineup of who’s who in green building, including Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC); Rick Fedrizzi, chairman and CEO of the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) and former CEO and founding chair of the USGBC; and the evening’s keynote, former President Bill Clinton.

Presented by USGBC, Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. The conference attracts more than 20,000 attendees and 600 exhibitors annually from across the green building sector, spanning commercial and residential professionals, architects, building owners and operators, students, advocates and educators.

“We know that sustainability is a multi-dimensional pursuit,” Bandy added. “There is no one, right way to approach creating a more prosperous, healthy and sustainable tomorrow. Every perspective matters and every voice is important in this worldwide conversation. We are ‘all in’ this together – one race – the human race.”

This year at Greenbuild was a first for Mohawk Industries at the event, where both residential and commercial divisions shared the spotlight to demonstrate how Mohawk is “All In” when it comes to sustainable flooring. During the three-day expo, Mohawk showcased Air.o, a new residential soft floorcovering with unified backing, engineered with just one material making it the only 100% recyclable flooring available to the marketplace. Mohawk’s commercial division, Mohawk Group, highlighted the Lichen carpet plank collection, designed by Living Product Challenge founder Jason F. McLennan as the first floorcovering to achieve Living Product Challenge Petal Certification.

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