As part of Mohawk Group’s ongoing commitment to leaving more handprints than footprints, the commercial flooring manufacturer joined Groundswell and other project partners in Eden, N.C. to install a new smartflower solar energy unit located near three schools in the community’s Central area. Eden is also the location of Mohawk’s historic Karastan woven plant, which celebrated its 90th anniversary of operation this year. During a brief program, Mohawk Group and Groundswell, together with local project partners, will debut the second of 10 smartflowers to be established across the U.S. as part of a three-year partnership.

“We are especially proud to be part of this project and be able to invest in the Eden community where many of our colleagues live and work,” said George Bandy Jr., Mohawk’s vice president of sustainability and commercial marketing. “In creating our Living Products, we want to be a strategic community partner and use our handprints to connect the next generation with STEM programs and innovative technologies that support a sustainable future.”

The goal of the partnership is to bring the benefits of clean solar energy to educational institutions with STEM programs and provide unique learning opportunities. Mohawk Group is sponsoring the program as a handprinting strategy for its latest Living Product Challenge Petal certified flooring products. Collections like Sunweave, which is manufactured in Eden, are designed to give more back to the environment than they take during their entire lifecycle.

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