George Bandy, Jr. currently serves as the Vice President of Sustainability at
Interface, concentrating on global relationships. George is focused on
customer intimacy and increase growth within Interface’s largest customers
and specifiers by translating the sustainability leadership position of
Interface into a direct market advantage.
George provides substantial knowledge of the concepts and practices of
sustainability. He believes that looking at opportunities to position
environmental, economic and socially responsible solutions for customers can
set the standard for other businesses to follow that will result in a
brighter future for us all. George is a member of Interface’s Americas
Sustainability Council (formerly the Xtreme Green Team).
The Americas Sustainability Council focuses on advancing Mission Zero,
Interface’s promise to eliminate any negative impact on the environment by
2020. George is a dynamic speaker and travels extensively as a presenter with
lectures covering such topics as: The Business Case for Sustainability,
Innovation and Design with Nature in Mind, Greening the Supply Chain, Social
Sustainability and Culture Change.
Before coming to Interface, George served as the Sustainable Development
Officer for the University of Texas-Houston where his role was to educate,
develop and support the University in facility operations,
construction,development and business practices that demonstrated minimum
negative repercussions on social, economic and
environmental issues in their use or application. These practices also had to
be efficient in their consumption of energy and natural resources. He
supported the Building System Analysis of the School of Nursing and the
Student Center at UT Houston.
In addition to his duties at Interface, George also serves on the United
States Green Building Council (USGBC) Board of Directors as Chair-Elect.
George has been active in the USGBC since its founding in 1995 and has served
in leadership capacities on both a national and local level. A LEED
Accredited Professional, he is former chairman of the Georgia chapter and had
roles on the National Social Equity Committee, the North Carolina Chapter
Advisory Board and the Green Economy Board.
George is a native of Opelika, Alabama and a graduate of Morehouse College in
Atlanta, GA with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Environmental Business Management with continued sustainability training at the University of Texas-Houston.