I was in Atlanta yesterday for an annual event called Ray Day. The event is to honor Ray Anderson, the former CEO of Interface Carpet. Ray was a sustainable visionary - he imagined re-making his company into one that recycled old carpets, used energy more efficiently and was much gentler to the environment.
The event celebrates his life (he died of cancer in 2011) and his accomplishments. It brings together the Atlanta community for a day of education on environmental issues and fellowship. This was my second year participating and I met some wonderful people who truly care about their impact and how they can make the world a better place. I saw some old friends and had a wonderful time.
The Ray C Anderson Foundation, which organizes and puts on the event is run by Ray's grandson, John Lanier. John is a good friend and is dedicated to perpetuating his grandfather's vision (as is the entire Anderson family). I'm grateful for the opportunity to be surrounded by such motivated and dedicated people.