Art exercise celebrates on-campus installation of SmartFlower energy unit
Submitted by Mohawk Industries
Rockingham County students in North Carolina recently joined Mohawk Group and Karastan to commemorate the installation of an on-campus SmartFlower™ solar energy unit with a collaborative hands-on art project facilitated by plant employees. On a canvas backdrop using eco-friendly paint, students from Morehead High School and Central Elementary School covered their hands in different colors and imprinted them around a message embodying Mohawk’s commitment to sustainability: “We Believe in Handprints Over Footprints.”
Last fall, Mohawk Group and nonprofit Groundswell teamed up to locate SmartFlower technology on the campus of Eden’s Central Elementary School. Eden is the home of Mohawk’s historic Karastan woven rug and broadloom carpet plant. The system will not only bring clean solar power to the schools and the area, but it also will provide educational opportunities for students and further contribute to Mohawk’s handprinting efforts, which focus on creating products that have a net positive impact across their life cycles.
“Eden students are embracing the positive energy conservation ideas Mohawk and Karastan have presented to the community,” said Megan Hall, human resources manager. “We hope to convey the importance of making a positive contribution to the planet, so their children and grandchildren will have the same resources available to them.”
Mohawk Group has engaged in the partnership with Groundswell to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and offset the energy and resources used in manufacturing. The North Carolina SmartFlower installation is part of Mohawk’s handprinting strategy and Living Product Challenge Petal Certification for Pivot Point enhanced resilient tile, Sunweave woven area rug and Sunweave broadloom, the latter two manufactured in Eden. These Living Products were designed to give more back to the environment than they take during their entire life cycle.
The solar energy project in North Carolina is the second of 10 SmartFlowers to be established across the U.S. as part of a three-year partnership between Mohawk Group and Groundswell.
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As the world’s leading producer and distributor of quality commercial flooring, Mohawk Group believes that better floor coverings emerge from better design, innovation, sustainability, project solutions and operational excellence. Mohawk Group addresses the unique challenges and opportunities in contract interiors with a comprehensive carpet and hard surface portfolio of all types and price points. As the commercial division of Mohawk Industries, the company has a heritage of craftsmanship that spans more than 130 years. To learn more about our full line of flooring products, please visit MohawkGroup.com.
Mohawk Industries: Mohawk Industries is the leading global flooring manufacturer that creates products to enhance residential and commercial spaces around the world. Mohawk’s vertically integrated manufacturing and distribution processes provide competitive advantages in the production of carpet, rugs, ceramic tile, laminate, wood, stone and vinyl flooring. Our industry-leading innovation has yielded products and technologies that differentiate our brands in the marketplace and satisfy all remodeling and new construction requirements. Our brands are among the most recognized in the industry and include American Olean, Daltile, Durkan, Karastan, Marazzi, Mohawk, Mohawk Group, Pergo, Unilin, Quick-Step and IVC. During the past decade, Mohawk has transformed its business from an American carpet manufacturer into the world’s largest flooring company with operations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, India, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia and the United States.
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