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Interface Unveils Prototype Carpet Tile to Inspire New Approaches to Address Climate Change

Proof Positive Carbon Tile - Interface

Showcasing the private sector’s power to create a climate fit for life, Interface unveiled a first-of-its-kind prototype carbon negative carpet tile. Interface’s “Proof Positive” tile proves that with new approaches to materials sourcing and manufacturing, it is possible to make a product with the potential to reverse global warming. After the tile is made, there is less carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than if it had not been manufactured in the first place.

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Energy efficiency is key U.S. cities’ push for 100 percent renewable energy

Stephanie Stuckey (right) and other officials spoke about the city’s renewable energy goal in May at the Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable. Photo by Ken Edelstein.Solar panels may shimmer in many a mayor’s eyes as cities commit to 100 percent renewable energy. When they get down to the nuts and bolts, however, they’ll find that efficiency gets them most of the way to their goal.

“The biggest opportunity is going to be in the boring stuff,” says Mandy Mahoney, a former City of Atlanta sustainability director who’s now president of the Southeastern Energy Efficiency Alliance.

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Clear Path Recycling Honored with Two GE Ecomagination Environment Awards

Clear Path Plastics Recycling AwardJoint Venture Between Shaw Industries and DAK Americas Reduces Chemical Use While Optimizing Its Processes For Recycling 3 Billion Plastic Bottles Into Carpet Fiber Each Year

GE Water & Process Technologies has honored Clear Path Recycling with its prestigious Ecomagination Leadership and Return on Environment (ROE) awards to recognize the plastic bottle recycling operation for its noteworthy reductions in chemical usage and cost. Clear Path – a joint venture between Shaw Industries, a leading floorcovering provider, and DAK Americas, a leading producer of polyethylene-terephthalate (PET) resin – recycles approximately 3 billion plastic bottles annually. Converting post-consumer PET packaging into polyester fiber for Shaw’s carpet products saves approximately 1.5 trillion British thermal units of energy annually.

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DeKalb to Host South River Cleanup

Various organizations and volunteers will come together Saturday, July 8, from 8 to 11 a.m., to clean up the South River. The event will be held at Constitution Lakes Park, 1305 South River Industrial Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30315.

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