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Great Lakes Green Chemistry Network will close on September 30

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“Toward Sustainable Manufacturing: Benign Emissions, Closing the Loop, and the role of Green Chemistry”


James Hobbs            Mikhail Davis

 MDavis_headshot_canyon1Jim Hobbs

Director of Research                  

                                      Director of Restorative Enterprise

Interface, Inc.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

3:00 PM Eastern ** 2:00 PM Central

12 Noon Pacific

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 Interface, Inc. (NASDAQ: TILE) is the world’s largest manufacturer of modular carpet. In 1994, founder Ray Anderson (1934-2011) committed Interface, already a publically-traded billion dollar corporation, to becoming the world’s first environmentally sustainable and restorative company. Since then, Interface has grown its business while shrinking its environmental footprint, attempting to show other companies a new way to a “bigger, better profit.” Interface’s Mission Zero promise commits the company to eliminate its negative impact on the environment by 2020. Interface is an Atlanta, GA based company with manufacturing in LaGrange, GA, No. Ireland, The Netherlands, Thailand, Australia, and China.

Mikhail Davis is Director of Restorative Enterprise at Interface, the world’s largest manufacturer of modular carpet (NASDAQ: TILE). He is responsible for building partnerships that shift the marketplace toward sustainability and for fulfilling on Ray Anderson’s vision to make the company the world’s first sustainable and restorative enterprise. He leads Interface’s product ingredient transparency efforts and is editor of the Radical Industrialists column at He is a member of the US Green Building Council’s Technical Advisory Group on Materials and Resources, Co-Chair of the BizNGO Materials Working Group and a member of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative’s Manufacturer Advisory Panel Core Committee. He holds a B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University and is a certified Biomimicry Specialist.

He has over 16 years of experience as a strategic advisor, analyst, designer, and manager for sustainability programs in the non-profit and for-profit sectors. His previous work includes 3 years as manager to environmental icon David Brower (an original member of Interface’s “Eco Dream Team”) and five years with Blu Skye Sustainability Consulting building sustainable business strategies and sustainability scorecards for Fortune 500 companies including Walmart, Sony Pictures, Staples, Bunge and Waste Management. He has spoken widely on sustainable business at conferences and universities, including GreenBuild, Yale University, University of Wyoming, University of Pennsylvania, and SAMPE.

James Hobbs serves as Director of Research with Interface’s Research and Development group. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and a Masters in Textile Chemistry from NC State. He holds 4 patents with Interface and is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt. James splits his focus on supporting Interface’s global manufacturing operations while working to advance Interface’s position as a market leader in sustainable business practices. Previously, James worked as a formulation chemist for the Atlanta based NanoEngineered Materials (nGimat) for 2 years.

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Thank you to all who sent in donations to cover the cost of improving our website and assuring that we will have funds to keep the website going as an archive for the webinars of the Great Lakes Green Chemistry Network since the first one in 2008.

We regret to announce that our September 24 webinar will be the final webinar presented by the Great Lakes Green Chemistry Network and the Michigan Green Chemistry Clearinghouse.

On September 30, the Great Lakes Green Chemistry Network will be closing its doors after eight years of work promoting and supporting Green Chemistry in the Great Lakes region and beyond. Funding for the not-for-profit sector grows more and more scarce. Even though we work on an extremely modest budget, it is no longer economically possible for us to continue with no resources, and no indications that this will change in the future. As a result, we have  made the difficult decision to terminate operations as of the end of this month.

We are very proud of the work we have done and believe that we have played an important role in elevating the profile of the value of the principles of Green Chemistry in protecting the Great Lakes and working to repair the damage done from toxic contamination in the past.

As noted above, this website will remain on line indefinitely, as long as it is useful, as an archive of all our webinars, recordings from the two Great Lakes Green Chemistry Conferences, and as a repository for some key reference documents.

Finally, on a personal note, I want to thank all of you who have been so supportive and loyal to the GLGCN for so many years.

I want especially to recognize Dr. Terry Collins, who has been one of our most staunch supporters throughout in many different ways. His generosity and expertise have enriched our work immeasurably.

The same must be said for the “fathers of Green Chemistry”, Drs. John Warner and Paul Anastas, who have always been available to help us out and help us achieve greater attention than we might else have had on our own!

Clinton Boyd, Dalila Kovacs, and Kathleen Schuler have not only supported the Network from that very first meeting in Milwaukee, but have worked tirelessly as stellar collaborators on all fronts. The list really does go on and on, and all you need to do is look at the names of our webinar presenters over the years to see how fortunate we have been.

We couldn’t have done any of this without the initial backing and support of Rachel Heckl and John Jackson, and Great Lakes United, and for the past several years from our fiscal agent and good friends, the Atlantic States Legal Foundation under the leadership of the inimitable Samuel Sage.

And finally of course, I most of all have to thank the members of our Advisory Board, who have always been available for consultations and advice, and whose knowledge and understanding of the world of green chemistry has been invaluable, not to mention a constant inspiration. How could we go wrong with the likes of Joel Tickner of UMass Lowell, Fe de Leon of the Canadian Environmental Law Center, Beverly Thorpe of Clean Production Action, and Tracey Easthope of the Ecology Center, along with Karen Peabody O’Brien, formerly of Advancing Green Chemistry, John Jackson (“Citizen of the Great Lakes”),  and Dave Long of Environmental Sustainability Solutions, LLC, and the ACS Formuators Roundtable.

It has been my greatest pleasure to work for the GLGCN and an experience I will never forget!


Lin Kaatz Chary, PhD, MPH Executive Director

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