Submitted by Ray C. Anderson Foundation
Wendell Hadden, vice president, education sector at Interface, received the Ray C. Anderson Sustainability Award at Interface’s Sales Meeting earlier this week in Los Angeles.
“Wendell just celebrated his 40th year anniversary with Interface, and has always been a model steward for Ray’s vision, Interface’s journey to sustainability and for protecting our environment for future generations,” said Harriet Anderson Langford, trustee for the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, and president of The Ray.
“Wendell was one of the first movers in an initiative to find the best way to honor and memorialize Ray’s contributions to the community in his native Troup County after his passing,” Harriet said. “It started with Wendell’s idea to name a road after Ray in the industrial park, and then we decided to go bigger and approach Governor Deal about naming a segment of I-85 after Ray. In the end, Wendell’s initial idea came to fruition large-scale when 18 miles of 1-85 in Georgia were designated as the Ray C. Anderson Memorial Highway in 2015, now called The Ray.”
“If you think about the way The Ray came into being, it’s like Interface and the Foundation were brothers, and Wendell was the first cousin,” said Harriet. “Wendell is family, and we are elated to celebrate with him on his milestone anniversary and for the presentation of the Ray C. Anderson Sustainability Award.”
The Ray C. Anderson Foundation was created in honor of the late Ray C. Anderson (1934-2011), founder of Interface, Inc. During his time at Interface, Ray championed the notion of businesses doing well by doing good. It’s these noble qualities of advancing knowledge and innovation around environmental stewardship and sustainability that recognized Ray as a pioneer in industrial ecology.
The purpose of the Foundation is to perpetuate these shared values and continue the legacy that Ray left behind. Through research and funding, the Foundation aims to help create a better world for future generationsâ€”tomorrow’s child. Join us as the story of the Foundation continues to unfold.
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