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A Father's Sustainability Legacy

How two daughters turned a $50 million charitable foundation into a showcase for sustainable business—in Dad’s memory
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In September 2011, one month after Ray C. Anderson died, his two daughters—Mary Anne Lanier, now 60, and Harriet Langford, 57—were summoned to his lawyer’s Atlanta office. Anderson had founded Interface, the world’s largest commercial carpet-tile manufacturer, and he left his daughters a $50 million philanthropic trust. “We were absolutely shocked,” says Langford. Anderson had given no instructions about where the money should go or what the foundation should focus on. “We went around for the next six months like deer in the headlights,” she says.

VIDEO: Experiencing the Eclipse with Our Aira Explorer

By: James Boehm, Aira Explorer
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The first time I experienced a solar eclipse I was 13. And I had my sight.

Since then, I have completely lost my vision and thought my first eclipse, over 20 years ago, was my last.

On Aug. 21, millions of people watched as the moon passed in front of the sun, creating a solar eclipse.  In some places, it was completely dark for more than 2 minutes. Hopkinsville, Kentucky, was one of those places.

VIDEO: Innovation, Education and Bringing a New Experience to the Blind

Just Another Day in Atlanta
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When AT&T opened the doors to the Atlanta Foundry in 2013, it wasn’t a coincidence we chose Georgia Tech’s Technology Square. It’s where start-ups, college students and researchers come together to collaborate. 

This location has also opened up the potential for AT&T and Georgia Tech to work together. The latest project creates an inclusive experience for people with a visual disability, during the solar eclipse on Aug. 21.

Scheller College Professor L. Beril Toktay Named Fellow by Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society

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Founding Director of the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business  is named Distinguished Fellow by the Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society (MSOM).  "Election as an MSOM Fellow should be considered a rare distinction," according to the society's web site.

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Founding Director of the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business  is named Distinguished Fellow by the Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society (MSOM).  "Election as an MSOM Fellow should be considered a rare distinction," according to the society's web site.

Georgia Tech Professors Take the Carbon Reduction Challenge from Class to Co-op

Reprinted from Scheller News
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The Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business is creating the next leaders to take on carbon reduction through an innovative co-curricular initiative launched in partnership with the College of Sciences and partially funded by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.

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The Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business is creating the next leaders to take on carbon reduction through an innovative co-curricular initiative launched in partnership with the College of Sciences and partially funded by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.

Georgia Tech Students Help CSX Create the Future of Freight Rail

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An essential piece of rail safety – elastic fasteners, or “e-clips,” which secure rails to metal plates – have been installed by sledgehammer since the 1930s.

To upgrade and modernize this decades-old installation process, CSX turned to seniors at Georgia Tech enrolled in The George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering’s Capstone Design Course. The students work in small groups to design, build and test prototypes in response to challenges proposed by industry.

Academia Meets Automotive: College Students and GM Unite to Boost Sustainability

GM forms first Student Sustainability Advisory Council
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General Motors created its first Student Sustainability Advisory Council this year to begin a new dialogue on sustainability. Composed of five graduate students from MIT, Penn State, Georgia Tech, University of Michigan and Stanford, the council provides fresh perspectives on sustainability at GM.

The Sustainable High Growth Revolution - A Presentation by Michael Molitor

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The Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business presents Business, Environment, and Society Seminar Series speaker Michael Molitor, Senior Fellow - Ray C. Anderson Foundation.

Talk with Green Guy Show - Allie Kelly of The Ray and Kim Cobb of Georgia Tech Earth Sciences

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The Ray C. Anderson Foundation is the Platinum Sponsor of the "Talk with Green Guy" radio talk show on AM640 WGST and iheartradio in Atlanta.  

Shows air every Sunday at 9AM Eastern, featuring voices from all aspects of sustainable life - at home, at work, at school and in the community.

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