Which flooring products and companies are making the biggest strides toward sustainability? To answer that, we’re reprinting Floor Covering Weekly’s (FCW) coverage ot their fourth annual GreenStep Awards, hosted last August. The ceremony recognizes environmental achievements and stewardship within the flooring industry.
“We’re privy to manufacturing processes and behind the scenes efforts in environmental stewardship not often heard about or shared throughout the rest of the flooring community,” said Santiago Montero, publisher and editor in chief, FCW. “We feel privileged and honored to participate in getting the word out and giving these manufacturers the credit they deserve.”
Four winners and four honorees were chosen across four categories (Pinnacle, Product, Practice/Process, Promotion) by a panel of six judges: Michael Martin, president and CEO, National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA); Dr. Robert Peoples, director of the American Chemical Society, Green Chemical Institute; Bill Dearing, president, North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA); Bill Griese, standard development and green initiative manager, Tile Council of North America (TCNA); Cammie Wietzel, general manager, World Floor Covering Association (WFCA); and Dean Thompson, executive director, Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI).
“I felt it was important to look inside the industry as well as outside to get feedback,” said Montero. “We’ve been fortunate that our expert judges have been generous with their time and willing to share.”
Pinnacle Award Winner - Crossville, Inc.
Honorable Mention, Pinnacle Award - Shaw Industries
Product Award Winner- Armstrong Commercial Flooring
Honorable Mention, Product Award, Quick-Step
Process Award Winner - Tandus Flooring
Honorable Mention, Process Award - Tarkett
Promotion Award Winner - Armstrong
Honorable Mention, Promotion Award - Shaw Industries