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2017’s Biggest Sustainability Story in Commercial Interiors

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Lichen Modular Carpet Tile

As we bring 2017 to a close I am appreciative of the season to celebrate – to be merry and joyful. I thoroughly enjoy the excitement of the holidays, but it is also a time to look back, to be thankful for our families, colleagues, customers and everyone who made the past year special. It is a threshold that allows us to pause for reflection.

We have seen great success this year as Mohawk continues to strengthen its position as a sustainability leader within the industry. In the words of George Bandy, our VP of sustainability, “Sustainability is a journey not a destination; Living every day with humility and dignity; grateful for meaningful work and loving friends and family.”

Our annual corporate sustainability report, released for the first time on Earth Day in April 2017, projected our significantly enhanced, purposeful approach to sustainability reporting. The report shared stories about our innovation, design and positive impact in communities with a more human-centric approach to sustainability, and we enjoyed sharing our passion with customers and partners in the industry.

We redefine flooring with products that not only minimize climate impacts, but also foster beauty and allow people to thrive.

This commitment to create positive handprints extends to our customers, employees and communities. It’s also why we had a great year at the sustainability conferences—Living Future UnConference, Living Product Expo and GreenBuild in Boston. Our Lichen collection was the first flooring product to receive the Living Product Challenge Petal certification and received its first award at UnConference, marking the beginning of a string of successful awards ahead and making it essentially the biggest sustainability story of 2017 in commercial interiors.

Lichen, Mohawk Group’s first living product

The collection received several awards throughout the year, including the Best of NeoCon Gold award in the modular carpet category, speaking volumes about the impact positive stories can create for a product. It also captured the Best in Competition and Gold awards at the prestigious Nightingale awards and continued to impress, bringing home the Best of Year award from Interior Design magazine. We’re elated to see Lichen resonate with industry leaders in sustainability and design.

GreenBuild further strengthened our position with two revolutionary products, the award-winning Lichen and our newest offering, AIR.O, as we went “all in” across our residential and commercial divisions, aligning with the theme of the conference. And Mohawk’s own VP of Sustainability, George Bandy, was honored to open the GreenBuild plenary.

As we achieve various milestones, we’re honored to gain recognition as sustainability leaders, elevating our position in the industry. We ranked #265 on the U.S. Newsweek Green Ranking 2017 as one of the most environmentally responsible publicly traded companies in the U.S. In Floor Focus magazine’s Green Leaders ranking, we rose from the number 10 spot in 2016 to number 3 in 2017, a commendable achievement in such a short period of time. It’s a space we’re proud to occupy.

While we continue to reach new milestones, we also remain committed to our core beliefs, realizing there will be new challenges to face in the upcoming year. The expectations will be significantly higher, and we will continue to rise to the challenge because we believe in reaching farther and pushing the boundaries. We believe in better.

With excitement toward the year ahead, we wish everyone happy holidays and wonderful new year! See you in 2018!


Rami Vagal, Sustainability Manager at Mohawk GroupRami Vagal, Sustainability Manager at Mohawk Group, is a multi-disciplinary professional with strong background in sustainability, architecture and construction.

At Mohawk, Rami’s work involves strategic projects on key topics such as green building certifications, living product challenge, social sustainability projects, health and wellness in the built environment. Rami is responsible for managing the annual corporate sustainability report (GRI), product transparency projects, green building certifications, health and wellness initiatives at Mohawk.

Rami holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Sir JJ College of Architecture, Mumbai and a Master’s degree in Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Through her professional experience in India and US, Rami brings with her in-depth knowledge of architecture, engineering systems and sustainability. She currently serves as a member on the Health Product Declaration Collaborative – Supply Chain sub-group and the Mindful Materials portal working group.

Additionally, Rami holds a LEED AP with BD+C specialty and a WELL AP.