Submitted by Mohawk Industries
Students at Emma Jewel Charter Academy now have a unique hands-on opportunity to study alternative energy and sustainability with the installation of an on-campus smartflower™ solar energy unit. The Mohawk Group initiative is part of the flooring manufacturer’s “handprinting” strategy to give more back to humankind and to the environment than it takes during its manufacturing processes.
For this project, Mohawk Group partnered with Brevard Public Schools, Stratica Group, Space Coast Strategy, Sunrise Systems of Brevard and SUNCATCH ENERGY. The smartflower technology was unveiled at a special ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception on Sept. 27 at Emma Jewel Charter Academy.
The goal of the smartflower program is to place these devices in underserved communities near educational institutions with STEM curricula. The solar energy unit in Florida is the fourth of 10 smartflowers across the U.S. to be established by Mohawk Group. Others have been installed in Chicago; Eden, North Carolina; and Griffin, Georgia.
“The most valuable resource we have today are these children and many of the jobs they are training for don’t yet exist,” said George Bandy Jr., chief sustainability officer of Mohawk Flooring North America. “Our commitment is not only to Mother Nature but to these young leaders who need to know that somebody cares. This donation and this means of handprinting is about celebrating the next generation that is poised to change the world.”
Emma Jewel Charter Academy was chosen as the recipient of the smartflower through a special competition coordinated by Mohawk Group. Located in Cocoa’s Diamond Square Redevelopment District, the school was awarded the technology because of its ongoing implementation of comprehensive sustainable practices and desire to be the foundation for change in the greater Cocoa community.
“Since its opening in 2013, Emma Jewel Charter Academy has been committed to educating our scholars on the importance of health and nutrition by understanding the food we consume. By partnering with Mohawk, we hope to increase the amount of clean energy usage and simultaneously promote a healthy environment,” said Thomas Cole, principal of Emma Jewel Charter Academy. “We will use the smartflower donated by Mohawk to assist with reducing the energy consumption in our school, primarily the cafeteria. It is our belief that this will initiate other clean energy efforts in the school and in the community we serve.”
The solar energy collaboration was created to reduce Mohawk’s greenhouse gas emissions and offset energy and resources used during the manufacturing of a selection of Living Product Challenge Petal certified floor coverings in Mohawk’s growing carbon-neutral portfolio. Each smartflower optimizes the generation of solar energy using modular petal-shaped panels that autonomously follow the sun. By following the sun’s rays, the units generate 40% more energy than static solar panels.
Learn more about Mohawk Group's commitment to handprints at www.MohawkGroup.com/LivingProductChallenge.
About Mohawk Group
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 www.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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