The first speaker in the Green Building Alliance's INSPIRE Speaker Series will be George Bandy, Jr., the vice-president of Interface, a carpet design and manufacturing company, and a longstanding champion of sustainability! One of the sustainability industry’s most sought-after, dynamic, and inspirational speakers, George Bandy Jr. looks at opportunities to advance environmental, economic and socially responsible solutions for customers and sets the standard for other businesses following a path and mission of sustainability.
With a deep understanding of sustainability, having worked in higher education institutions and being involved with the USGBC Center for Green Schools, George Bandy, Jr. can naturally translate his experiences in the business world to the school environment. With an emphasis on healthy and high performing places, capacity building and community involvement, George is an expert on the inner workings of how any place can be successful on making the switch to becoming healthy and high performing. He often gives inspirational and motivational speeches to schools across the country as well as incorporating the importance of the educational community when addressing a larger perspective of sustainability to other audiences.
From being as the Sustainable Development Officer for the University of Texas-Houston, to the former Manager of Sustainable Strategy at Interface, George has a great depth of knowledge and expertise on how to develop, educate, support and implement strategies and initiatives with the goal of increasing stakeholder trust and creating new business opportunities
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.
Look at just some of George Bandy, Jr.’s Board and Committee Appointments:
United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Board of DirectorsSecond Nature Board of DirectorsGeorgia Chapter of the USGBC – AdvisorCharlotte Chapter of the USGBC Advisory BoardNFL Atlanta Falcons Ovie Mughelli Foundation BoardGreenBiz Intelligence CommitteeGeorgia Minority Supplier Development Council Board of DirectorsAtlanta Chamber of Commerce Sustainability CommitteeNatural Step Advisor and TrainerThe
We are also very excited to pair George Bandy Jr. with GBA’s very own Christine Mondor!
Christine is an eternal optimist regarding the power of design in shaping a sustainable environment. Christine has been active in shaping places, processes and organizations nationally and internationally for over fifteen years through her work as an architect, educator, and activist. Her diverse experience enables her to note trends and bring benefit across project types, from design of buildings and landscapes to educational efforts to sustainability planning. As strategic Principal of evolveEA and a registered architect, Christine brings creative and strategic solutions to projects as diverse as the award winning design of the “extended stay” house to the developing the business case for sustainability at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. She is experienced at helping communities, schools and other agencies build capacity as they navigate sustainability through strategic planning and project implementation.
Christine has taught architecture, landscape design and sustainability concepts at Carnegie Mellon University, Slippery Rock University, and at Chatham College. She supports organizations that promote design and the environment and currently serves as Vice-President for the Green Building Alliance Board of Directors and is former Board Chair at the Design Center of Pittsburgh.