Interface is an Atlanta-based company, producing in 33 manufacturing sites located in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, N. Ireland, Australia, and Thailand; and selling these products in more than 110 countries. Interface produces commercial broadloom carpet, textiles, chemicals, architectural products, access flooring systems, and manufactures and sells more than 40 percent of the entire carpet tile used in commercial buildings today (Interface Web Site 2001).
Interface is interested in working collaboratively with Georgia Tech for several reasons. Interface has embarked on a mission to be a sustainable corporation by leading a worldwide war on waste and pioneering the processes of sustainable development. To accomplish this, Interface has laid out a path to achieve sustainability by improving on seven fronts. Supporting research, investing in a chair position, and lending technical expertise from top management for class projects and Capstone Design projects reflect the company’s commitment in sustainability.
Between 1999 and 2001, SDM researchers were working with Interface on developing a web-based financial and environmental performance monitoring system called EcoDash based on Activity-Based Costing and Environmental Management framework in which resource consumption in terms of cost, energy, and waste were linked to production activities and individual products.